Apparently, the Gators didn't want Reggie Jones to shoot the ball. Fortunately for the Warriors, he didn't have to as much Saturday night as Cal State Stanislaus beat San Francisco State, 82-65, at The Swamp.
One night after scoring 30 points in a one-point heartbreaker loss at Cal Poly Pomona, Jones was fouled just about every time he touched the ball. The senior center promptly converted on 10 of 14 free throws and finished with 16 points to help Cal State Stanislaus improve to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Jones also didn't have to do all of the scoring as a number of other Warriors stepped up and contributed. Ronnie Sawyer had a career-high 21 points and Dan Daviess added a season-best 12 points off the bench. Sawyer was a sharp 7-for-12 from the floor with six of seven free throws made.
Collectively, the Warriors were 31 for 43 from the charity stripe.
San Francisco State dropped to 2-7 overall and 0-3 in CCAA play. The Gators were led by James Albright with 20 points. But as a team, SF State shot just 28.1 percent (and took 17 more shots) for the night and was just 3-for-22 from the three-point arc. The Warriors also picked up 10 steals on defense after shooting 46.8 percent for the game.
Despite being out-rebounded 46-34 (San Francisco State had 24 offensive rebounds), the Warriors held their own, especially in the second half. They turned a 38-35 halftime score into a lead as large as 16 points on a Marcus Walters layup at 10:48 left to go. Stanislaus' biggest lead would be 17 points, 70-53, at 5:42 after a trey by Walters.
Brett Sayad led Stanislaus with seven rebounds to go with his 10 points. Davies nailed all three of his three-pointer attempts and Sayad was 2-for-2.
Cal State Stanislaus scored 80 or more points in a game for the third time in five games this season to increase the team average to 77.8 per contest.
The Warriors will host Chico State at 7 p.m. tonight.