SEASIDE, Calif. – Tyras Rattler Jr. led all scorers with 26 points as Humboldt State men’s basketball captured a 72-70 road win over Cal State Monterey Bay Saturday in the Kelp Bed.
The win, HSU’s second straight, was a battle until the closing buzzer. Monterey Bay rallied from 19 points down to make it a one possession game in the closing seconds.
“We earned these two victories by playing the right way, having good defensive effort and playing winning basketball,” said HSU Head Coach Steve Kinder. “Defensively holding everyone accountable and giving huge efforts every possession of the game was the difference for us this weekend.”
Rattler’s 17 points in the first half helped the Jacks (10-10, 5-7 CCAA) to a seven-point, 41-34, lead heading into the locker room. HSU shot 48.5 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.
A Rattler trey less than two minutes into the second half gave HSU a game-high, 19-point advantage.
Monterey Bay used a 24-8 run to cut the Jacks’ lead to three points with 3:36 left to play, and a Jonquis Bouyea 3-pointer pulled the Otters within one with 27 seconds on the clock.
The Otters (3-16, 1-12 CCAA) outrebounded the Jacks 40-22, and Calvin Young II grabbed a team-high nine boards for the Green and Gold.
Rattler was 8-of-16 shooting and connected on 5-of-10 attempts from 3-point range. The sophomore from Oakland, Calif., has scored 20 or more points four times this season.
Nikhil Lizotte also reached double figures and finished with 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting.
“This road sweep has rejuvenated us, and we are looking forward to the next six out of eight games at home in February,” said Kinder.
HSU returns home to face Cal State Los Angeles on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.