Living off the free throw line in the second half, the Cal State Stanislaus men's basketball team rallied to defeat Montana State Billings, 75-68, Saturday night at the Penguin Preseason Challenge.
With the win, and Dominican beating Cal State East Bay, the Warriors were declared the tournament winners.
The Warriors converted 22 of 34 free throws in the second half to improve to 2-0 on the young season. Like Friday night, Stanislaus survived another poor shooting night from the floor, hitting just 33.3 percent of its shots.
Wes Bartole notched his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the team. Bartole, who was named to the All-Tournament team, was 11 for 15 on the charity stripe. Tyler Barber had 13 points, Clinton Tremelling scored 12 with four three-pointers, and Chris Read netted 10 points with six assists to lead Cal State Stanislaus. Read, who had 21 points in Friday's win, was named the tournament's MVP.
Cal State Stanislaus trailed by as many as 16 points early in the second half, at 47-31, when Emmanuel Johnson tipped-in a score. The Warriors went on a 18-4 run — started by a Tremelling three-pointer — during a five-plus minute stretch to cut the deficit down to two on a free throw by freshman Christian Bayne at 8:44.
The Yellowjackets (0-2) would held on to the lead for a little bit until just outside of the five-minute mark which a pair of Alek Carlson free throws gave the Warriors their first lead, at 60-59, with 5:17 to play.
A Barber trey at 1:30 would extend the Stanislaus lead to 68-63 and more free throws down the stretch sealed for the win for Stanislaus.
Montana State Billings was called for 33 fouls against Stanislaus' 20. By comparison the Warriors were 30-for-43 from the line for the game while MSUB was just 11-for-19. The Yellowjackets were led by Antoine Hosley with 13 points.
Cal State Stanislaus will next be in action in two weekends, at the CBU Classic against two preseason top 25 teams. The Warriors will face No. 24 California Baptist and No. 25 Dixie State on Nov. 28-29.