In a matter of a few days, the Warriors went from a suddenly-CCAA tourney hopefuls to being eliminated as Cal State L.A. defeated Stanislaus State, 68-62, Thursday night.
Kyle Gouveia and Christian Bayne scored 20 points each to lead the Warriors, but Duce Zaid carried the Golden Eagles on his shoulders by scoring 23 points as Stanislaus dropped to 7-17 overall and 6-13 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Cal State L.A. improved to 9-17 overall and 8-11 in CCAA play to snag the eighth and final CCAA tournament berth.
After last weekend's two dramatic wins at home over Humboldt State and Cal Poly Pomona, the Warrior men found themselves with a chance to qualify for the 8-team CCAA tournament with a win Thursday night in L.A.
However, a slow start and sluggish finish against the Golden Eagles resulted in the defeat which meant the Warriors won't be playing after Saturday's regular season finale at home against Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Cal State L.A. started the game 7-0 and went off on a 12-4 run to begin the contest. The Eagles would maintain a slim lead for most of the game with either team leading by more than five points in a tight game.
Stanislaus led briefly a couple of times by one point with its biggest lead at 29-26 on an Alek Carlson layup at 4:05 left in the first half.
The Warriors had chances to cut down the deficit late in the game. A Bayne trey at 3:35 left to play got Stan State within one at 57-56 — that field goal turned out to be the team's final basket before Stephen Evans' layup with 25 seconds remaining.
Despite L.A. going off on a 7-0 ensuing run, the Warriors still had their chances, especially on the foul line. Trailing by just five in the final 30 seconds, the Warriors were 1 of 4 from the free throw line and missed two three-point tries.
Today's final home game against Cal State Dominguez Hills is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Stanislaus women come up short against Cal State L.A.
Unable to come back from a turnover filled first half, the Stanislaus State women's basketball team came up short in a 76-59 loss at Cal State L.A.
It was pure madness Thursday night for the Warriors, especially in the first half. Stan State turned the ball over 18 times in the first half before finishing with 34 turnovers.
Alysa Valentine led the Warriors with 19 points and seven rebounds, both team highs while Cassidy Sanders-Curry scored 14 more points but Stanislaus fell to 16-9 overall and 12-7 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
To get to play an extra home game in the opening round of the CCAA Tournament, the Warriors will have to root for a Sonoma State win at Cal State San Bernardino Friday night. If that doesn't happen, the Warriors then control their own fate today in a home game against Cal State Dominguez Hills.
The road defeat dropped the Warriors to 6-7 away from Fitzpatrick Arena this season, where they are an amazing 10-1.
But on Thursday night, it was Cal State L.A. holding home court winning its fourth straight in the Eagles Nest. After the Warriors opened with a 7-0 lead, L.A. took off on a 17-2 run that included eight Warrior turnovers to take a 17-9 lead. The bleeding didn't stop there. Sam Oliver's three-pointer as the final made basket in the first half capped another 19-7 run by the Golden Eagles as they led 36-22 at the break.
Stan State rallied back and got as close as four points, 56-52, at 6:03 left in the fourth quarter on a Sanders-Curry three-pointer. However, the Warriors never got closer. L.A. scored 16 of the game's final 18 points to run away in the end.
In the stat that the Warriors usually have the advantage, it was Cal State L.A. which converted those turnovers into 24 points. The Golden Eagles (9-16, 7-12 CCAA) stay alive in their hunt for a postseason tournament berth. They were led by Franeka Hall who had 19 points, seven rebounds and nine steals.
Stanislaus had entered the game as the No. 1 team in the league with a plus-4.28 turnover margin and grabs a CCAA-best 10.28 steals. Cal State L.A. had 29 steals to the Warriors' 12 on Thursday.
Today's regular season finale at Fitzpatrick Arena is at 5:30 p.m.