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Warriors rally but fall short in 2nd half

POSTED February 9, 2011 12:11 a.m.

Behind by as many 17 points in the second half, the Cal State Stanislaus men’s basketball team used a 12-0 run to challenge Sonoma State, but it was too little too late as the Seawolves held on to pull off a 67-59 win on Saturday night in Rohnert Park.

Dwight Jones led the Warriors with 15 points as the Warriors fall to 8-12 overall and 6-10 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Evan Scott chipped in 11 points while Reggie Jones added eight points and 10 rebounds.

Sonoma State, now 8-12 overall and 6-10 in the CCAA, was led by Steven Pratt's 25-point performance. Ben Washington added 16 points to pace the Seawolves.

Saturday night's result from the Seawolves' Den meant a three-way tie for eighth place in the CCAA standings between the Warriors, Sonoma State and Cal State Monterey Bay. Sonoma State, however, has not beaten the Warriors twice this season.

After a Sonoma State jumper at 11:03 to make it 53-36, the Warriors took charge and rolled off 12 unanswered points. Stanislaus held Sonoma to 0-for-4 from the floor and forced the Seawolves to turn the ball over six times during the 7-minute stretch.

The Warriors cut that 17-point deficit to five points with 5:18 left to play after a pair of free throws by Dwight Jones.

Matthew French finally ended the Stanislaus run with a jumper at 4:21. Washington then scored five points, sandwiched by a 3-pointer from Marcus Lever, to give SSU a 60-51 lead and the control.

Cal State Stanislaus shot 38.8 percent from the field for the night and was once again terrific at the line, converting on 15 of 16 free throws. Reggie Jones, however, was 2-for-10 from the floor and missed both of his free throw attempts.

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