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CSUS Men look to keep perfect home record intact
Warrior Marcus Bell gets ready to put up a slam dunk. Bell leads the team in scoring at the halfway mark averaging over 18 points per game. - photo by Contributed by Marty Bicek

California State University, Stanislaus’ Men’s Basketball team heads into tonight’s home game against Cal State Monterey Bay with a 5-3 record in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, but with a 6-0 record at home, the Warriors are aiming to remain perfect inside the Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena.

A week removed from their convincing win over then undefeated Cal State L.A., the Warriors will be leaning on leading scorer Marcus Bell — two time CCAA player of the week — to keep their home win streak alive. Bell, in his senior year at the center position, has netted more than 20 points on six different occasions while also recording seven double-doubles this season with his impressive rebounding skills.

To date, Bell has scored 223 points, nabbed 115 total rebounds, and recorded 19 steals in his 325 minutes on the court.

But Bell isn’t the only contributor for CSUS as Chris Read, Shey Mataele, and Rob Walters have also stepped up in their junior seasons. Walters leads the Warriors with 30 offensive rebounds on the season while averaging 8.5 points per game and Read is second in scoring behind Bell with 117 points for an average of 9.8 points a game. Mataele has also been efficient with the ball as he’s average eight points per game, but with 19 steals and 16 total rebounds he’s been a strong defensive asset for the Warriors.

Stanislaus has also benefited from some of the younger players on its roster, specifically sophomore Alek Carlson. Carlson, a former standout at Turlock High, is averaging 12.5 minutes a game, has drained 16 treys, and nabbed 20 total rebounds for his Warriors so far this season.

Tonight’s home game against the Otters of Monterey will be followed by another home game against Cal State East Bay tomorrow, giving the Warriors the potential to extend their home win record to 8-0 with back-to-back weekend wins.

The men of Stanislaus aren’t the only basketball players to hit home court this weekend, as the Women’s team will also compete against Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay tonight and tomorrow , respectively.

While the Women Warriors haven’t experienced the same degree of success at home as their male counterparts —2-3 at home — they have an identical 5-3 conference record. But unlike the Men’s team, who is currently riding a two-game win streak, the Women of Stanislaus enter tonight’s contest looking to snap a two-game losing streak against the Otters.