TURLOCK, Calif. - Tyler McGrath
scored a career-high 19 points but it wasn't enough as the UC San Diego men's basketball team dropped a 78-72 overtime decision to Cal State Stanislaus on Friday evening at Fitzpatrick Arena in Turlock.
Reggie Jones scored a game-high 31 points for the Warriors, who overcame a 13-point first half deficit and outscored the Tritons 20-14 in overtime to claim the win. Cal State Stanislaus shot just under 30% from the field, but connected on 11-of-24 from the three-point line and scored 33 points at the charity stripe.
CSUS improves to 8-3 overall on the season and ups its CCAA record to 4-3 with the win, while the loss drops UCSD to 5-7 overall and 1-6 in conference play. The Tritons have lost six of their last eight after starting the season 3-1.
McGrath finished 5-of-13 from the floor and 3-of-9 from behind the arc to lead three players in double figures for the Tritons. He also sank 6-of-7 free throws and grabbed a team-high five rebounds in 38 minutes. His 19-point effort eclipsed his previous high of 18 that came in a losing effort against Cal Poly Pomona in January of last season.
Mike Meza scored 15 points for UCSD, while James McCann finished with 14 points and five assists. Meza was 4-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-7 from downtown, while McCann was 5-for-15 and hit 3-of-9 three-point tries.
Jones was the story for the Warriors, finishing 7-of-17 from the field and 14-of-17 at the free throw line. The CCAA's leading scorer tacked on a game-high 14 rebounds and three blocked shots in 37 minutes. He scored eight of his points in overtime to help CSUS pull away.
Brett Sayad also recorded a double-double for the Warriors, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Ronnie Sawyer and Clinton Tremelling scored 11 points apiece.
Trailing 44-39 with 11:21 left in regulation, UCSD rallied to tie the game at 45 following a McGrath jumper and four free throws from Justin Brue and Christian Hatch. Jones answered with one of his three three-pointers on the night, but the Tritons scored the next six to take a 51-48 lead with 4:54 remaining.
UCSD led by the same margin at 57-54 two and a half minute later before three straight free throws from Jones tied the game with 52 seconds left. Ryan Peters hit one of two at the line on the Tritons' next possession and then Jones, who had a chance to win the game with four seconds on the clock, hit one out of two as well to tie the game at 58.
McCann had one last chance to win it for the Tritons in regulation, but his runner missed the mark as time expired.
Stanislaus scored six of the first eight points in overtime and never relinquished the lead. A Meza three-pointer brought the Tritons to within 66-64 with 2:26 left to play, but Jones answered with another three and the Warriors would hit nine free throws in the final 1:21 to seal the win.
The first half was full of runs as UCSD scored 16 unanswered points to take a 24-11 lead with 8:04 remaining in the period. The lead was short lived, however, as the Warriors outscored the Tritons 16-3 over the final six minutes of the half to take a 32-29 advantage into the locker room.
UCSD shot 35.5% from the field for the game, converting 22-of-62 shots. CSUS hit 17-of-57 from the field, 29.8%. The Warriors were 33-of-45 at the free throw line and held a commanding 46-29 advantage on the glass.
The Tritons will now travel to Chico for a matchup with Chico State on Saturday evening. The Wildcats defeated Cal State San Bernardino, 63-56, on Friday.