Caroline Reeves, a 2008 Nevada Union graduate, was part of two incredible games last week as the Cal Poly Mustangs basketball team rattled off victories by just three points combined over UC Davis and Pacific, moving them into second place in the Big West Conference.
In Thursday’s 73-71 win against UC Davis, Reeves contributed two points and played 14 minutes off the bench. The Mustangs lead by 11 points at the half, but the Aggies fought back to pull within a basket with less than two minutes to play. Cal Poly made a jump shot to extend its lead and held on for the win.
Cal Poly won a triple-overtime thriller Saturday at home, beating Pacific 96-95. Reeves came off the bench and played an impressive 49 minutes, shooting 7-of-10 from the floor to lead all bench scorers with 16 points, including six points in the overtime periods. The Mustangs built what seemed to be a comfortable 49-31 lead at the end of the first half, but Pacific would not go away and took a 75-72 lead with just 27 seconds to play. Cal Poly tied the game with a 3-point play after knocking down a free throw to send the game to overtime. All five of Pacific’s starters finished with points in double digits, but it wasn’t enough as two free throws by Jonae Ervin gave the Mustangs a one-point edge with eight seconds to play in the third overtime. Pacific was never able to get off a final shot.
The Mustangs’ (9-6, 3-1 BWC) next game is Saturday when they host UC Santa Barbara.
Patrick Scott (Bear River ‘09); Sonoma State — Scott started in two games for the Seawolves last week and came out on the losing end both times, Friday agaisnt Cal State L.A. and again Saturday againast Cal State Dominguez Hills.
In Friday’s 62-53 home loss, Scott dropped in a team-high 15 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the floor while also finishing with a pair of assists and steals. In the first half, Sonoma State led by as many as nine points and took a 28-25 lead into the locker room. Both teams battled down the stretch, and the game was tied 53-53 with a little over a minute to play, but after a sinking some free throws and missed opportunities by the Seawolves, Cal State L.A. pulled out the victory.
Sonoma State also suffered a tough loss Saturday, falling at home to Dominguez Hills, 71-56. Scott contributed a team-high 35 minutes, tossed in nine points, shooting 3-of-8 from the floor, and also dished out five assists. The Seawolves struggled offensively, shooting just 40.7-percent as a team, but kept themselves close as they trailed 37-35 at the break. In the second half, Sonoma State couldn’t keep up as it shot only 2-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Sonoma State (5-7, 3-5 CCAA) will look to rebound from its losses this week when it travels to play Cal Poly Pomona Thursday and Humboldt State Saturday.
Josh Ritchart (Forest Lake Christian, ‘10); UC Davis — Ritchart started in two games last week as the Aggies split, winning over Cal Poly and losing to Santa Barbara.
In the Aggies’ buzzer-beater thriller Thursday at Davis, Ritchart contributed 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in a win over the division leading Cal Poly Mustangs, 69-67. UC Davis led 31-27 at the half and hung tough through the second half in a game that had 11 lead changes. Ritchart sunk two free throws to give the Aggies a 67-64 lead with 20 seconds to play. After a foul during a 3-point attempt, Cal Poly made three free throws to tie the game at 67 with just nine seconds remaining. On its ensuing possession, UC Davis missed a shot, but Corey Hawkins collected the rebound and drained a jumper as time expired to win the game.
In another home game Saturday, the Aggies turned a double-digit deficit into a one-possession game but fell short against UC Santa Barbara, 66-59. Ritchart started and was 4-of-10 shooting with two 3-pointers for 12 points. The Aggies found themselves down by 10 points in the second half but came roaring back and trailed 62-59 with a minute to play. However, the shots wouldn’t fall after that as UC Davis was 0-for-3 in the final 60 seconds, and Santa Barbara made its free throws to pull out the win.
UC Davis (5-10, 1-3 BWC) returns to action Thursday at Cal State Northridge.
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