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Warriors hold off late surge
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Evan Scott scored 19 points with Dan Daviess netting a career-high 18 as the Cal State Stanislaus men’s basketball team pulled away late from a pesky Cal Baptist team to win 65-56 Saturday night in nonconference action.

The Warriors snapped a two-game skid to improve to 3-5 overall before taking a week off during the mandatory NCAA dead period. They will resume the season with practices beginning Dec. 27 in preparation for a CCAA road trip to Cal State Dominguez Hills on Dec. 30 and Cal State L.A. on Dec. 31.

Scott, who also had 10 rebounds, scored 18 of his 19 points in the first half, carrying his team to a 31-24 halftime lead. He was 7-for-10 shooting, including 4 of 6 from behind the arc, in 14 minutes of play. Scott's hot first half was timely since Reggie Jones was just 1-for-6 for two points.

Cal State Stanislaus managed to turn a close game into a 12-point lead late in the first half on a 10-0 run that was started by one of Scott's four first-half three pointers. Daviess' three at 3:27 made it a 31-19 Stanislaus lead.

However, Cal Baptist never went away as they rallied back in the second half. Each time the Warriors gained momentum, the Lancers came back and made it close.

The key turning point was a Daviess' three-pointer that made it a seven-point Warrior lead with 5 minutes, 19 seconds left to play. A couple of free throws by Daviess and two more by Dwight Jones stretched the cushion to nine points until inside the 2-minute mark.

Cal Baptist again made a push on a tip-in by Ivan Patterson with 1:56 left to go to make it a 58-53 game. A pair of Daviess' free throws finally turned away the Lancers' attack.

Daviess' 18 points is a new career-high for the junior transfer from Diablo Valley College. He was also 8-for-8 from the foul line in the second half. Dwight Jones finished with 10 points.

Kevin Deeb had 15 points and Brannon Bradley scored 13 for Cal Baptist.

The Warriors' next game at Fitzpatrick Arena is on Jan. 7, when they host Cal State East Bay.