Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Warriors host Cal Baptist before break


Series Notes: This is just the teams' third meeting during the Warriors' CCAA era. Stanislaus won the first meeting in Turlock, 94-91, in 2006 and CBU won last year, 67-57, in Riverside.

The Last Time We Met... was almost exactly a year ago, on Dec. 19, 2009, with the Lancer defending home court in Riverside with a 67-57 win … Prince Abiodye led the Warriors with 12 points off the bench.

About Cal Baptist: The Lancer are coming off a poor shooting night (25 percent from the floor) in a 60-47 loss at home to Westmont … Cal Baptist is currently in the Golden State Athletic Conference (NAIA) but is in its first year of candidacy for NCAA Division II … The Lancers are led by Brannon Bradley and Luke Evans as they average 12.6 and 12.1 points per game. Bradley, a 6-foot-6 junior, also pulls 7.9 rebounds per contest … They beat Division I Southern Utah in an exhibition game on Nov. 15, 79-69, in Cedar City, Utah.

What's on Tap
Cal State Stanislaus looks to rebound from a tough 0-2 week with a single, non-conference contest against Cal Baptist of Riverside before the NCAA-required dead period of Dec. 20-26.

Last Week
The Warriors went 0-2 on the road up the Central Valley with a tough loss at Chico State, 61-59, on Wednesday. Saturday at Division I Pacific, the challenge proved to be too great as the Tigers handled the Warriors, 89-52.

Comeback Fell Just Short
Down by as many as 15 points in the game and trailed by nine points with under two minutes to go at Chico, the Warriors had a chance to win the game at the buzzer. The furious comeback fell just short as Marcus Lever's three-point try at the buzzer rimmed off in the team's 61-59 loss at Chico State.

Stifling Defense
The Warriors have held their opponents under 42 percent shooting in six games this season and in five of the seven contests limited opposition to 64 points or less (under 70 in all games against non-Division I opponents). Stanislaus held Humboldt State, the top scoring team in the CCAA (88.0 points per game average prior to game), to just 58 points and a low of 35.8 percent shooting … Opponents are now  averaging just 66.9 per game, including 89 by Pacific, with a 43.3 field goal percentage from the field.

Dan the Three-Point Man
Dan Daviess, who hit two key three-pointers during the team's two-minute drill of a comeback at Chico last week, has became the team's go-to man behind the arch. Daviess now leads the team with seven three pointers, shooting at a team-best 44.4 percent average (12 for 27).

Scott Getting in the Mix
Junior Evan Scott is getting in the mix in scoring, giving the team another offensive threat as he has shown his ability to score. Last week, he scored 25 points, including 16 of the team's 52 points against Pacific. Scott now averages 9.9 points per game.

Mactar That Rebounding Gueye
At 6-foot-4, Mactar Gueye may not be the biggest man on the floor, but he's grabbing his share of rebounds of late. Gueye led the team in rebounding in each of the last two games (averaging six per game) and has either led or shared the lead in rebounding five times. For the season,  he leads the Warriors with 33 rebounds (17 offensive) and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Jones Making A Name in the CCAA
Junior center Reggie Jones is quickly becoming the player to watch in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. In four conference games, Jones leads the league with a 20.5 points per game average. He is 28 for 46 (.609) from the field. He also averages 5.8 rebounds per game.

Skewed Scoring Average for R. Jones
Officially, the stats sheet will show Reggie Jones with a 15.3 points per game average, but that number is skewed by the fact that he only played in 20 seconds in one of the games (Nov. 26 vs. Westmont when went down with a concussion). So in five full games, he's scored 92 points for a 18.4 points per game average.

Among the CCAA Stats Leaders
As a team the Warriors are fourth in free throw percentage (.723), not a bad feat after a dismal 5 for 13 from the foul line in the season opener. They are also tied for fifth in the CCAA in blocked shots (3.0 per game) … when counting all games, Reggie Jones is now fifth in scoring (15.3 ppg), but leads the league in scoring during CCAA games only (20.5 ppg). He is also sixth in field goal percentage (.589), seventh free throw percentage (.821) … Dan Daviess is eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.444) … Evan Scott is tied for sixth in blocked shots with one per game.

Head Coach Larry Reynolds
Larry Reynolds is in his second season as the Warriors' head coach. In his first season, the Warriors went 10-17, the first-10-win season since a 13-16 mark in 2006-07. Reynolds came to Cal State Stanislaus after leading Long Beach State to a NCAA tournament appearance in 2006-07 when the 49ers went 24-8. As a Division II coach at Cal State San Bernardino from 1997 to 2002, Reynolds posted a 110-35 overall record. Under Reynolds, CSUSB won three CCAA titles, two regional championships and made four NCAA tournament appearances. Reynolds was named CCAA coach of the year four times and was the west region coach of the year in 1998-99 following the Coyotes' West Region championship.

Division I Challenge
Historically the Warriors have not faired well against a Division I program as they just lost to Pacific for the sixth time. Stanislaus, however, have recorded two wins in recent years over DI opponents. The Warriors beat UC Irvine, 91-90, on Nov. 29, 2005 for an official regular season win. CSUS also surprised Santa Clara in an exhibition game on Nov. 5, 2007, with a 69-68 victory.

CCAA Basketball Championships
The 2011 CCAA Men's & Women's Basketball Championship tournament will be held at the beginning of March. Eight teams qualify for the tournament with first round games on campus site March 1. The four winners will advance to the semifinals and finals in Hayward on the campus of Cal State East Bay. The winner of the tournament would receive the automatic bid for the NCAA tournament.

Warriors picked 7th in CCAA
In a vote of the conference coaches, the Cal State Stanislaus men's basketball were predicted to be a conference tournament team by the end of the 2010-11 season. The Warriors were picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll. The Warriors are coming off a 6-16 CCAA season as they finished 10th. Defending national champion Cal Poly Pomona received 10 of 12 first place votes and is the favor to win the title in 2010-11.

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