The Warriors made all six free throw attempts in the final seconds as they held off the San Francisco State Gators in a 72-68 win Friday night.
Reggie Jones made his final four free throw attempts, sandwiched by a pair of freebies by Dan Daviess, as the Warriors up their record to 12-7 overall and 8-7 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Jones finished the night with 20 points, six rebounds and five blocked-shots. He played just five minutes in the first half after two quick fouls. Daviess finished with 12 points and Brett Sayad chipped in 11. Donald Gaines, who made a start on Friday, had 11.
San Francisco State was led by three players in double figures with 32 points off the bench from David Love (17) and Nefi Perdomo (15). James Albright scored 14 for the Gators (5-16, 3-12 CCAA).
With the win, the Warriors remain in eighth place in the CCAA but are just two games out of first place. Five teams are atop of the CCAA Standings after Friday's play.
Despite a 13-point lead for the Warriors, the Gators rallied back to create an all-too familiar situation for the loud and excited home crowd of mostly the student body. Cal State Stanislaus went on another offensive dry-spell for about five minutes without a bucket. That was enough for a SF State comeback.
After Daviess nailed a three-pointer to give Stanislaus a 50-37 lead with 13:25 left to play, SF State went on a run. Tyler Brown hit a three to make it a five-point game inside the seven minute mark and some basket trading action later, Perdomo's triple cut the Warrior lead to two, 61-59, with 5:08 left to go.
The teams exchanged some free throws for the next two-plus minutes until David Love hit a three-pointer from the corner for the Gators to tie the score. A pair of Brown free throws during the following SFSU possession actually gave SF State a brief 66-64 lead.
The Warriors worked hard and managed to get the ball inside to Jones, who was triple-teamed, but Jones powered through for a layup with 1:42 left to play for the lead. Love did make a layup with 17 seconds left to tie the score again, but Daviess' free throws and a Gator double-dribble gave the ball back to Stanislaus. Jones made the final two free throws to finally seal the win.
Tonight the Warriors will host Cal Poly Pomona, which lost at Chico State 75-55 on Friday.