On Saturday night, in front of a home crowd at Fitzpatrick Arena, the Cal State Stanislaus men’s basketball team earned what coach Larry Reynolds called “the biggest win of the year.”
But it’s bigger than that: The 62-55 victory over No. 4 Cal State Dominguez Hills is the most significant win since the program joined the California Collegiate Athletic Association in 1998, making the Toros the highest nationally ranked opponents to lose to the Warriors.
It also helped them move into eighth in the conference standings with a 6-8 record (8-10 overall), as the top eight teams advance to the CCAA’s postseason tournament in early March.
But the Warriors finish six of their last eight games on the road, where they have yet to earn a win. They return to action Thursday night at Humboldt State.
Against the Toros (16-2 overall, 12-2 CCAA), Stanislaus came up big at the foul line by missing just four of 28 free-throw attempts.
“In the first half, we did a good job of getting them in foul trouble and us getting to the basket and the (free-throw) line,” said Reynolds, whose Warriors are now 6-0 in the CCAA at home.
Dwight Jones had a game-high of 15 points, 13 of them coming in the first half, and teammate Reggie Jones chipped in 11 for the Warriors. Evan Scott contributed with nine points and Brett Sayad added in eight, while Prince Abidoye finished with five assists.
In the upset, the Warriors snapped Dominguez Hills’ 10-game winning streak and earned a weekend sweep (the other win was a 56-55 nail-biter over Cal State L.A. on Friday night) and have now beaten the top two teams in the conference. On Dec. 4, Stanislaus knocked off Humboldt State 73-58.