Humboldt State remains undefeated at home at Lumberjack Arena as the Jacks used a strong second half to beat Cal State Stanislaus, 68-54, in a first round game of the CCAA Basketball Championships conference tournament.
The No. 8 seeded Warriors were within four at the half, but the Lumberjacks' hot shooting did them in as they ended the season 12-15 overall. It was Cal State Stanislaus' first trip to the CCAA tournament since its inception at the end of the 2007-08 season.
Dan Daviess led the Warriors with 11 points as he made three three-pointers. However, no other Warrior scored in the double digits. Reggie Jones was held to just eight points as he was in foul trouble most of the game. He fouled out with eight minutes left to play.
The Lumberjacks, ranked No. 3 for the second straight week in NABC Top 25 released Tuesday, improved to 14-0 at home on the season. HSU, the regular season champion, is now 25-2 overall. The top seed will take on either Cal State L.A. or Cal Poly Pomona Friday in the semifinals, pending the outcome of a late game between L.A. and Cal State San Bernardino.
In the first half, the Lumberjacks used an 18-3 run to build on a 30-18 lead. With 2:36 left to play, the Warriors scored eight unanswered points to pull within four. Daviess and Prince Abidoye nailed back to back three-pointers to key the rally.
The Warriors had a 15-12 lead at 9:34 before the HSU run.
HSU nailed two straight three-pointers to begin the second half and that was a sign of what was to come the rest of the time. The Lumberjacks shot 55 percent in the first half and converted on 13 of 20 free throws to put the game away.
A Humboldt 12-2 run early in the second half made it a 18-point HSU lead at with 9:12 to play. The Lumberjacks led by as many as 20 points late in the game.
The CCAA tournament resumes with semifinal games on Friday at Cal State East Bay.