PHOTO COURTESTY Chico State and the Chico-ER's Jason Halley
WILDCAT POINT GUARD GIO ESTRADA DISHES OUT 7 ASSISTS AND HITS A HUGE THREE IN OT AS CATS TAKE DOWN 12TH RANKED SAN BERNARDINO
BY Luke Reid-Chico State Sports Information
The Chico State men's basketball team took a nasty fall on Friday night. But the Wildcats weren't trippin' Saturday.
Chico State beat 12th-ranked Cal State San Bernardino 86-82 in overtime behind a trio of 20-point scorers. Amir Carraway finished with 22 points, Jordan Semple 21 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, and Rashad Parker poured in 20 points and five assists.
Carraway, fouled on a 3-point attempt with 10 seconds left, calmly cashed in on three free throws to tie the game and send it into extra time. He hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of overtime and the Wildcats held on behind Parker's six straight free throws down the stretch.
(Special thanks to Jason Halley of the Chico Enterprise-Record for the photos. Check out Jason's photo galleries from all four games this weekend at www.chicoer.com. Also check out his videos synched up with Mike Baca's play-by-play HERE.)
Chico State sustained one of its toughest losses in the Greg Clink era against UC San Diego Friday night, but with Saturday's win still solidified its hold on third place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) over the weekend. At 15-5 overall and 11-5 in the CCAA, the Wildcats lead Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State L.A. and San Francisco State by two games with six to play in the regular season. That lead was only one on Thursday.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM CHICO'S EXCITING OVERTIME WIN VERSUS SAN BERNARDINO
Jordan Semple with two of his 21 points as the Cats tie game at 24-all
The Wildcats Sean Park with the bucket and harm on this sequence giving Chico a one-point lead
Jordan Semple sets up Chris Magalotti for a dunk giving Chico a 32-31 lead
Jordan Burris had a monster game for San Bernardino. He scored a season high 31 points and torched the
Cats from the perimeter all night long. This three-pointer gave the Coyotes a 38-34 lead
San Bernardino's Juan Martinez goes coast-to-coast for a bucket to tie the game at 56
Lacy Haddock creates and Juan Martinez rails a three for the Coyotes to them a 61-60 lead
Amir Carraway gets fouled shooting a left baseline three point shot with San Bernardino leading 70-67 with 10 seconds left. Carraway would make all three free throws
Carraway knocks down a three on the first possession of OT
With Chico State up 79-77 the Cats Giordano Estrada rails this three from the right baseline giving Chico an 82-77 lead with a 1:35 left
Cal State San Bernardino slipped to 17-3 overall and 14-2 in the CCAA despite Jordan Burris' 31 points – the most scored by a Coyote since 2009.
However, Burris missed a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left – serenaded by the Chico State track & field team's Twister Sister tune "You're not gonna make it," – after Jordan Barton's bucket inside cut the deficit to 70-67.
Clink called Carraway's number and Kirby Gardner fouled him on a three-pointer from the left-hand corner.
After Carraway made the first two, Cal State San Bernardino Head Coach Jeff Oliver called a timeout in an attempt to ice him. No dice. Carraway canned the third and Lacy Haddock's long two-pointer at the buzzer was off-target.
Cal State San Bernardino shot a staggering 59 percent in the first half to build a 43-39 lead. But as those track athletes in the northwest corner of the gym must have know, that fast start wasn't sustainable. The Coyotes were 9-of-25 in the second half and Chico State caught them just before the finish line.
The Wildcats will hit the road for two weekends in a row before wrapping up the regular season at home against rival Humboldt State on Feb. 28 and conference co-leader Cal Poly Pomona on March 1.
MAKE IT SEVEN IN-A-ROW FOR THE WILDCAT WOMEN WITH TENSION FILLED TWO POINT WIN AT HOME
BY Rory Miller-Chico State Sports Information
Never mind the dismal win-loss record. Throw out the idea that just because the Cal State San Bernardino women's basketball team came into Acker Gym Saturday having lost five straight, it would be easy pickings for the red-hot Chico State Wildcats. For the second time this season, the Coyotes gave the 'Cats all they could handle, and it took a McKenzie Dalthorp layup with three seconds left to give Chico State an exciting 74-72 victory and run the Wildcats' winning streak to seven.
HEAR Dalthorp's GAME-WINNING lay-up right here......
Chico State improved to 15-5 overall with Saturday's victory, remaining in a three-way tie with Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills for second place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) with an 11-5 conference mark. Cal State San Bernardino suffered its sixth straight setback to slip to 4-15 on the season and 3-13 in CCAA play.
Dalthorp matched her career high with 20 points on the night to go along with seven rebounds for the Wildcats. Annie Ward contributed 15 points, while Jazmine Miller posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Analise Riezebos chipped in with 10 points and eight boards, as Chico State shot 50.8 percent from the field.
It took awhile for the two teams to get untracked offensively, needing six minutes to split the first 20 points of the contest. The Wildcats then mounted a 14-4 run – highlighted by three Dalthorp baskets – to go up 24-14. San Bernardino responded by scoring 15 of the next 19 points to move in front 29-28. The Coyotes were still up 31-30 when Ward and Courtney Hamilton converted layups in the final minute to give the 'Cats a 34-31 halftime lead.
The game was tied at 46-all with 10:37 to play when Cal State San Bernardino went ahead and slowly built a 56-50 lead. Chico State whittled the deficit to one, only to see Alexcia Mack of the Coyotes hit a jumper and a 3-pointer to extend San Bernardino's advantage to 65-59. Ward drained a 3-pointer and baskets by Miller and Dalthorp once again pulled the 'Cats to within a point, but with 2:12 remaining, the Coyotes were hanging on to 69-66 lead.
Chico State then roared out in front – Miller delivered a bucket off an offensive rebound, Hamilton made good on a fastbreak layup, and Miller drained a pair of free throws – to give the Wildcats a 72-69 lead with 19 seconds to play. San Bernardino needed just six ticks of the clock to tie up the contest, courtesy of a 3-pointer by Mack. Chico State took over possession, and Hamilton's jump shot failed to fall – but Dalthorp was there to grab the offensive board and convert what would be the game-winning layup. A desperation shot by Mack at the buzzer was off the mark, and the Wildcats escaped with the 74-72 victory.
Chico State will hit the road for its next four games. The Wildcats face two of the top teams in the CCAA next weekend, taking on Cal State L.A. on Friday and Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday. Both contests are scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m.
THE BUTTE COLLEGE ROADRUNNER MEN WRAP UP GVC WITH ROAD BUZZER BEATER
After three crushing losses at the buzzer in the pre-season there is no way Butte College men's head coach Russ Critchfield could have envisioned his team winning LIKE THIS to win a conference crown. But, with the conference title hanging in the balance Jamal Davis' lay-up with :02 seconds left secured the Runners 12th straight win and their 8th straigh conference win, wrapping up the Golden Valley Conference title in Susanville against Lassen.
Critchfield this a fun team to coach. Adding that his club's resilence is what makes them special
Critchfield says the 12-game winning streak is the longest of his career and says this group is not only fun to coach because they are winning, but because of how they have matured over the course of a season.