Sunday, December 19, 2010

Stanislaus pulls away late to beat Cal Baptist

TURLOCK -- Evan Scott scored 19 points with Dan Daviess netting a career-high 18 as the Warriors pull away late from a pesky Cal Baptist team to win, 65-56, Saturday night in a non-conference game.

The Warriors snapped a two-game skid to improve to 3-5 overall before taking a week off during the mandatory NCAA dead period. They will resume the season with practices beginning on Monday, Dec. 27 in preparation for a CCAA road trip to Cal State Dominguez Hills (Dec. 30) and Cal State L.A. (Dec. 31).

Scott, who also had 10 rebounds, scored 18 of his 19 points in the first half, carrying his team to a 31-24 halftime lead. He was 7-for-10 shooting, including 4 of 6 from behind the arc, in 14 minutes of play. Scott's hot first half was timely since Reggie Jones was just 1-for-6 for two points.

Cal State Stanislaus managed to turn a close game into a 12-point lead late in the first half on a 10-0 run that was started by one of Scott's four first-half three pointers. Daviess' three at 3:27 made it a 31-19 Stanislaus lead.

However, Cal Baptist never went away as they rallied back in the second half. Each time the Warriors gain momentum, the Lancers come back and made it close.

The key turning point that held the Lancers away was a Daviess' three-pointer that made it a seven-point Warrior lead with 5:19 left to play. A couple of free throws by Daviess and two more by Dwight Jones stretched the cushion to nine points until inside the two-minute mark.

Cal Baptist again made a push on a tip-in basket by Ivan Patterson with 1:56 left to go to make it a 58-53 game. A pair of Daviess' free throws finally turned away the Lancers' attack.

Daviess' 18 points is a new career-high for the junior transfer from Diablo Valley College. He was also 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the second half. Dwight Jones finished with 10 points.

Kevin Deeb had 15 points and Brannon Bradley scored 13 for Cal Baptist.

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