ARCATA – Despite attempting to rally in the game’s closing minutes, Humboldt State men’s basketball came up short to Stanislaus State 76-72 Saturday in Lumberjack Arena.
The Green and Gold hung with the Warriors (6-12, 3-8 CCAA) until they pulled away late in the first half with a 12-0 run. Stanislaus State led by 11, 38-27, at the break.
Vondel Faniel led the visitors’ first-half effort. Faniel was 4-for-5 shooting in the first 20 minutes and had 12 points and five rebounds.
“You don’t expect to shoot a poor percentage at home, especially in the first half,” said Head Coach Steve Kinder. “We were fresh and we had 48 hours to recover, and I felt we took good shots. You thought the shots were going to fall with the players that we have.”
The Jacks’ (8-10, 3-8 CCAA) bench provided a much-needed spark in the second half. HSU’s reserves were responsible for 20 of the team’s 45 second half points. A barrage of 3-pointers from Colin Caslick, Jeryn Lucas and Tyler Green trimmed the Warriors’ lead from a game-high 19 points to single digits in the final two minutes.
Lucas cut the lead to three points with five seconds left in regulation to cut the Stanislaus State advantage to 75-72, but there was not enough time to complete the comeback.
Four Jacks scored in double digits, and Nikhil Lizotte led the way with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Lizotte connected on a team-high five 3-pointers.
Stanislaus State outrebounded HSU 53-30, but the Jacks’ bench outscored the Warriors’ 30-2. Faniel led all scorers with 20 points and completed his double-double with a team-high 12 boards.
“The rebounding margin didn’t give us opportunities for second chances,” said Kinder. “They had a lot of extra opportunities.”
HSU travels to face Cal State East Bay on Friday, Jan. 27. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
“Hats off to Stanislaus State for a great job, coming in here and handling our crowd tonight,” said Kinder. “As a basketball program we need to stay poised and proud of who we are. We will pay attention to detail in preparation for next Friday’s game at East Bay.”