Friday, November 19, 2010
Chico hands Warriors opener loss with late run
Warrior center Reggie Jones led all players with 17 points and eight rebounds in the contest that was the regular season and conference opener for both teams.
Jones, who nailed 7 of his first eight shots with some impressive post moves, finished the night 8-for-12 from the floor in 23 minutes of play. Dan Daviess netted 12 points, including two three-pointers, off the bench and Marcus Lever scored 10 points with six rebounds.
Chico State was led by Damario Sims' 14 points. Sean Park and Terence Pellum each had 12.
The Warriors shot a hot 52.2 percent in the first half to Chico's 25.9 percent on 7 of 27 shooting with Stanislaus managing a 30-23 point lead at the break. Stanislaus had used a 14-0 run during a four-minute stretch for an 8-point lead with 3:31 left to play.
Stanislaus came out of the half on fire, quickly building its lead to 15 points, at 46-31, when Daviess nailed a trey just before the first media timeout.
But, Chico's Jay Flores and Park hit back-to-back three-pointers, sandwiched by a Jones bucket, to jump-start the Chico offense and sparked that 20-4 run. The spur was capped by another triple, this time by Zach Graves to make it 51-50 in favor of the Wildcats.
Chico State made eight three pointers on 28 attempts, four of them came during that game-changing run.
Still, the Warriors had a couple of brief leads late, with the latest with 4:52 left on a Jones layup to make it 55-53. Chico, however, used an 11-4 advantage to close out the game. Trailing by three points in the final seconds, Tyler Smith had a look at a three-pointer to tie and on the ensuing possession, Lever missed a layup in the Warriors' final attempt.
The Warriors will participate in the Menlo College Tournament next weekend, which starts on Black Friday. Stanislaus takes on Westmont on Friday at 2 p.m. and Menlo at 4 p.m Saturday in Atherton.