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Stanislaus men find success on the road

POSTED January 16, 2010 12:40 a.m.
The Cal State Stanislaus men’s basketball team has logged plenty of miles on the road lately. In fact, the Warriors are at the end of a four-game road trip that has taken them to various gyms in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
That means they’ve spent a lot of hours on the bus and in hotel rooms. But all of it seems to be worth it, with the latest effort being an 82-74 win over Sonoma State after overcoming a 17-point deficit at Seawolf Gym in Rohnert Park on Thursday night. Chad Johnson led the charge with 31 points, and Frank Monge added 15 points and 13 rebounds.
The Warriors (7-5, 3-4 CCAA) have now won three of their last four games heading into tonight’s current road trip finale at Humboldt State at 7:30 p.m. before returning to Warrior Arena on Tuesday to begin a five-game home stretch.
At the same time, they haven’t taken for granted their road wins.
“I like going into someone else’s house and upsetting them at their own place,” said senior forward Jordan Stokes, who had a quiet six-point night.
Sonoma State came out Thursday night on fire, nailing seven 3-pointers to own a 47-34 lead before intermission. The Seawolves were up by as many as 17 points at that point, but the Warriors took over in the second half.
“I think our defensive pressure in the second half wore them down,” Stanislaus coach Larry Reynolds, adding that Sonoma State failed to be effective behind the 3-point line in the final 20 minutes.
The Warriors gradually got back into the game, eventually owning their first lead with a Johnson basket with 4 minutes, 48 seconds left to make it 66-65. Johnson poured 18 of his points in the second half.
Now, it’s time for the Warriors to finish up their road trip tonight.
After that, they will play Chico State at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Turlock before hosting four more league teams.

Women’s team continues to struggle
By giving Katie Busi a view from the bench for most of the night, the Sonoma State women’s basketball team outlasted the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors 61-56 in CCAA action on Thursday night in Rohnert Park.
Busi, an all-conference player, had limited time due to foul trouble and finished with eight points for the second straight game, while the Warriors (2-9, 1-6 CCAA) looked elsewhere for production. Alishea Kelly led all scorers with 20 points, but Stanislaus sorely missed Busi, who picked up her fourth foul four minutes into the second half.
Stephanie Barnes had 19 points for Sonoma State, which improved to 6-8 overall, and 4-5 in the CCAA.
The Warriors have won only one of their last nine games.
To contact Chhun Sun, e-mail csun@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2041.

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