2004-05 Season Archive

03/15/05
Haley and Land named Second Team All-Region
SPOKANE, WA – Chico State guards Tim Haley and Scott Land were recently selected to the 2004-05 Daktronics NCAA Division II West Region Second Team.

The region includes teams, which compete in the PacWest Conference, California Collegiate Athletic Association and the GNAC plus independent Grand Canyon.

University of Alaska Fairbanks guard Brad Oleson was selected the West Region Player-of-the-Year.

Joining Oleson on the All-West Region First Team were guard Grant Dykstra from Western Washington, center Jake Chrisman of Brigham Young University – Hawaii and forwards Jeff Bonds of Cal Poly Pomona and Osadonor Esene of Hawaii Hilo. Chrisman was the lone first team repeater from last season. Bonds and Oleson earned second team honors a year ago.

Five players - guards Haley and Land of Chico State, forwards David Sybesma from Cal Poly Pomona and J.T. Tipton of Sonoma State and center Jason Chivers of Seattle Pacific - were named to the second team. Chivers also made the second team last season.

Tim Haley, Chico State (PG, 6-2, 170, Sr., Chico, CA): 2005 statistics: Games - 27. FG – 54-130 (41.5). FT – 73-108 (67.6). Points – 7.3. Rebounds – 4.5. Assists – 7.5. Blocks – 0.2. Steals – 2.0. 3-Pointers – 16-49 (32.7). Honors – Ranks third nationally in assists per game. Leads CCAA in assists. Broke school single-season assist record this season. Third in career assists at Chico. . .Third in career steals in school history... Second in CCAA in steals...CCAA Player-of-the-Week Jan. 24-30...Fifth in CCAA in assists/turnover ratio...Fifth in CCAA in double-doubles. 20th in CCAA in rebounds.

Scott Land, Chico State (G, 6-3, 180, Sr., Chico, CA): 2005 statistics: Games - 28. FG – 165-378 (43.7). FT – 34-69 (49.3). Points – 16.1. Rebounds – 3.3. Assists – 1.8. Blocks – 0.0. Steals – 0.7. 3-Pointers – 87-221 (39.4). Honors – Second leading scorer in Chico State history. . .School’s all-time leader in three-pointer made. . .Two three-pointers shy of CCAA career record. Ranks 30th in nation in three-pointers per game. Leads CCAA in three-pointers made, ranks sixth in CCAA in scoring, and ranks 12th in CCAA in FG percentage.

03/11/05
Wilcats just miss upset in opening round of West Regional
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The collegiate basketball careers of all 11 seniors on the Chico State men's basketball team came to an end with an 83-81 loss to 8th-ranked Hawaii-Hilo in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tournament West Regional Friday.

But even in losing, those 11 Wildcats made sure that their region-wide reputation as gritty, scrappy, and physical players who never quit will remain forever.

The Wildcats battled through foul trouble, had one of their worst shooting games of the season, and trailed by 11 with just over seven minutes to play. But they still managed to put a serious scare into region's No. 2 seed.

Scott Land buried five 3-pointers in the game's final six minutes to finish with a season-high 32 points. His trey with five seconds remaining drew Chico State to within 81-79. But Alex Cabagnot sealed the victory for the Vulcans, fittingly, at the free throw line, where he made both of his attempts with five seconds left.

Hawaii-Hilo shot 26-of-33 from the line for the game, while Chico State was only 5-of-10.

Hawaii-Hilo improved to 25-3 with the victory. Chico State's season ends at 18-10. The Wildcats shot just 39-percent for the game.

I'm proud of the guys because they just didn't quit, said Chico State head coach Puck Smith. I thought we really got into them defensively, especially in the second half, but the foul differential really hurt us.

Will Bonner and Jason Van Eck finished with 17 points apiece for the Wildcats, and Tim Haley dished out a game-high nine assists before fouling out with six minutes to play. Seven-footer Alex Graham finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Hawaii-Hilo. Osadonor Esene finished with 21 points.

Chico State actually led for much of the early going, building a 16-8 lead on Colin Carr's layup with 14:02 to play before intermission. But after a chest-to-chest altercation between Chico State's Chuck Webster and Esene, the Wildcats and their physical play became the subject of numerous whistles. As a result, Hawaii-Hilo climbed back into the game from the charity stripe where it converted on 11-of-15 chances in the first half. Justin Dobson't layup 4:28 before intermission gave the Vulcans their first lead of the game. They grew their advantage to 41-33 by the half and never trailed again.

Chico State battled back early in the second half and Bonner's layup knotted the score 47-47 with 10:02 remaining. Thanks to three consecutive Chico State turnovers, though, Hawaii-Hilo responded with a 15-4 run to retake control. The Wildcats had one last run in them.

A pair of Land 3-pointers and Bonner's offensive rebound and putback got the Wildcats back within striking distance, and Andy Butcher's 3-pointer with 3:25 remaining made it 67-63. The game remained close over the next two minutes, and after another Land 3-pointer, Van Eck scored a layup with 19 seconds to play to cut the lead to 78-76.

Three more Hawaii-Hilo free throws stretched the lead back to 81-76 with 11 seconds to play before Land's long 3-pointer gave the Wildcats hope again

Land, who finished his career just two 3-pointers shy of the CCAA career record, ends his career as Chico State's all-time leader in 3-pointers and the second leading scorer in school history.

Land was just amazing, said Hawaii-Hilo head coach Jeff Law. He was scoring from so deep and he gets his shot up so quickly that he's a real challenge to defend.

Haley, Bonner, Butcher, Van Eck, Carr, Webster, Travis McCollum, Doug Little, Adam Olson, and Beau Henegar were also playing in their last collegiate game for the Wildcats.

This is a great group of kids with a lot of heart, said Smith. I'm really going to miss them.

03/11/05
Land and Haley named to All-CCAA First Team
Bonner selected to Second Team
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State's Scott Land and Tim Haley have been named to the 2004-05 All-CCAA First Team by a vote of the league head coaches. Will Bonner received Second Team honors.

Land, a four-year player for the 'Cats, ended the season as the team's leading scorer at 16.1 points per game and a CCAA-leading 87 three pointers. Land holds the school's career three-point record, having buried 276 in his 89 games as a Wildcat and is the school's second all-time leading scorer with 1,567 points.

Haley, a two-year player, led the CCAA in assists and was third in steals and fourth best in assists to turnover ratio. This season Haley set school records for assists (202) and assists per game (7.2). He ends his two-year Chico State career third on all-time assists (287) and steals (108) lists.

Bonner averaged 10.5 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game to wrap up his four year career. He led the team with a .627 shooting percentage from the floor.

03/06/05
Wildcats make it two in a row
Chico State headed again to NCAA West Regional
For the second year in a row, the Chico State men's basketball team will be making a trip to the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball West Regional. This year the Wildcats received the No. 7 seed and will take on No. 2 Hawaii-Hilo in the opening round on March 11 in Seattle.

It is the first time the Wildcats men have made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament.

No.1-seed Western Washington will host the West Regional beginning Friday, March 11, and concluding Monday, March 14.

Western Washington (21-6) will face No. 8 BYU-Hawaii (16-8) in the 7:30 nightcap of the first-round. Games begin at 12:30 Friday. Action starts with No. 3 seed Cal Poly Pomona (21-6)) vs. No. 6 Seattle Pacific (20-8), followed by No. 2 seed Hawaii Hilo (24-3) vs. No. 7 Chico State (18-9) at 2:30, and No. 4 seed Cal State San Bernardino (21-5) vs. No. 5 Alaska-Fairbanks (19-8) at 5:30 p.m.

Game times on Saturday are 5:00 and 7:00. The championship game is Monday at 7:00.

In all, 64 teams received Division II berths nationwide. Winners of the eight regional tournaments will advance to the Elite Eight, Mar. 23-26 in Grand Fork, North Dakota.

West Regional tickets will go on sale beginning Monday at noon. at the WWU ticket office (360-650-2583). Prices are $10 for reserved seating and $8 for general admission ($5 for students and youth).

03/05/05
Wildcats beat L.A. to finish the regular season
Championship bracket announced on Sunday
LOS ANGELES - Scott Land scored 23 points as the Wildcats boosted their playoff hopes with a 72-62 victory over host Cal State L.A. to finish off the regular season. Chico State, which entered the weekend ranked No. 7 in the West Region, will find out its playoff fate on Sunday night.

Andy Butcher chipped in 12 points for the Wildcats (18-9, 13-7 California Collegiate Athletic Association) and Travis McCollum had 11.

Chico State, led 38-28 at halftime and maintained a comfortable advantage the rest of the way.

03/02/05
Men's basketball team holds down No. 7 spot in West
Chico State's men's basketball team remained ranked No. 7 in the Western Region in the final poll of the season Wednesday. The Wildcats will wrap up their regular season this weekend with games at Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State L.A. and then await word of their postseason fate. The Division II NCAA Tournament field will be announced Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The top eight teams in the region will advance to the postseason.

02/26/05
Wildcats lose at home for just second time this season
CHICO, Calif. – The first five minutes of the Chico State men's basketball team's game against Sonoma State Saturday night went much the way the rest of the Wildcats' home season had gone – almost perfectly. But after jumping out to a 16-2 lead, the Wildcats were manhandled by visiting Sonoma State and fell 87-67 in their final home game, and just their second home loss, of the season.

Sonoma State, now 15-10 overall and 12-6 in the CCAA, kept it's postseason hopes alive with the upset victory. Vince Inglima led the way for the Seawolves with 23 points. Sonoma State shot 53-percent while holding Chico State to 4-of-20 shooting from beyond arc.

Chico State, which had won eight-of-nine entering play Saturday, fell to 17-8 overall and 12-6 in the CCAA. Will Bonner led Chico State with 19 points. The Wildcats were without starting point guard Tim Haley who missed the game with an ankle injury.

Chico State wraps up the regular season next weekend at Cal State Bakersfield Friday night and at Cal State L.A. Saturday night. Both games will tip off at 7:30 p.m. and both will also have major postseason implications.

02/25/05
Butcher flirts with triple-double as Wildcats beat SF State
CHICO, Calif. – Filling in at point guard for Tim Haley, who injured his ankle in the first half, Andy Butcher notched career highs with 10 assists and eight rebounds to go along with 10 points as the Chico State men's basketball team pulled away late to defeat San Francisco State 95-68 Friday night at Acker Gymnasium in front of 1,471 fans.

Jason Van Eck added 18 points off the bench, and Will Bonner made all six of his shots to finish with 14 points and eight rebounds as the Wildcats won for the eighth time in their last nine games. Chico State, ranked No. 7 in the Western Region entering the night, improved to 17-7 overall and 12-5 in the CCAA.

The Wildcats are 11-1 at home this season and wrap up their home schedule Saturday night against Sonoma State in a game with major playoff implications. Sonoma State is one of a handful of teams battling for the West Region's eighth and final playoff spot. It will also be senior night for the Wildcats, whose 11 seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

San Francisco State fell to 12-12 overall and 9-8 in CCAA action. Ryan Cleaves' scored a game-high 25 points and kept the Gators close for much of the night, but the rest of the team shot just 29-percent (10-of-35) from the floor.

02/23/05
Chico State men dip to No. 7 in tough West Region
Its first loss in eight games cost the Chico State men's basketball team two spots in the latest Western Regional basketball rankings published Wednesday. The Wildcats were passed by Cal State San Bernardino and Alaska Fairbanks in what is shaping up to be a very close race for spots two-through-seven.

Chico State would go a long way toward wrapping up one of the top eight spots, which determine the eight regional participants in the NCAA Tournament, with a pair of home wins this weekend against San Francisco State and Sonoma State. The Sonoma State men are also hoping to earn a spot, however. The Seawolves are currently ranked 10th thanks to five wins in their last six games.

Following are the regional rankings; 1. Hawaii-Hilo; 2. Western Washington; 3. Cal Poly Pomona; 4. Seattle Pacific; 5. Cal State San Bernardino; 6. Alaska Fairbanks; 7. Chico State; 8. BYU-Hawaii; 9. Northwest Nazarene; 10. Sonoma State.

02/19/05
Wildcats' seven-game winning streak snapped by Broncos
POMONA - The Chico State men's basketball team, down by 19 points at halftime, made a furious come-back in the second half but couldn't overcome the deficit, breaking its seven-game winning streak with a 68-64 loss to Cal Poly Pomona.

Chico drops to 16-7 overall, 11-5 in CCAA play. Cal Poly Pomona, now 18-5 and 13-2, jumps back into a first-place tie with Cal State San Bernardino in the CCAA standings.

Cal Poly Pomona led by as many as 21 points in the second half, but Chico State rallied strong to cut the lead to seven points, 57-50, with 6:18 remaining on a 3-pointer by Carr.

The Broncos built the lead back up to 10 points, 64-54, with 1:36 left. Chico State then scored the next seven points in less than a minute to cut the Bronco lead to 64-61.

Pomona's Jeff Bonds hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to boost the lead back up to five, 66-61. Then, after Land was fouled taking a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to make it 66-64 with 20 seconds to go, Boyd hit two more free throws with 18 seconds remaining to secure the victory.

Bonds finished with 14 points and six rebounds to lead four Broncos in double figures. Jonathan Boyd had 12 points and hit four clutch free throws in the final minute to secure the win. David Sybesma had 11 points, six rebounds and eight assists, while Dion Cook had 10 points and three rebounds.

Scott Land had 14 points to lead four Wildcats in double figures. Andy Butcher had 12 points, Colin Carr had 11 points and Jason Van Eck had 10 points.

Cal Poly Pomona enjoyed a 41-28 rebounding edge and won despite shooting only 37 percent from the floor.

02/18/05
Wildcats upend Toros 80-73 for seventh-straight win
CARSON, Calif- Jason Van Eck scored 22 points off the bench to lead Chico State to its seventh-straight win, a 80-73 CCAA victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday night in the Torodome.

The Wildcats (16-6, 11-4 CCAA) took a 47-35 lead into halftime after hitting a blistering 65 percent of their shots in the first 20 minutes. Chico State shot 58 percent from the floor in the game.

Cal State Dominguez Hills (7-15, 6-9 CCAA) came out of intermission and trimmed the lead to seven points, 49-40, at 18:23. Chico answered back using a 13-7 run over the next seven minutes to take a 60-47 lead with 11:54 remaining.

The Wildcats kept the Toros at arm's length the rest of the way, with CSUDH never getting any closer than seven points.

Chico State got a lot of help from its bench scoring, which accumulated 46 points. Dominguez Hills' reserves, meanwhile, were only able to contribute eight points in the game.

In addition to Van Eck's 22 points, the Wildcats got 14 points from Scott Land and 11 points from center Will Bonner. Four Chico players tied for the team lead with three rebounds apiece. Tim Haley had seven assists.

For CSUDH, Harvey led four players in double digit scoring with 20 points. Les Norman poured in 16 points, and Alexous Scruggs and Givens chipped in with 11 and 10 respectively. Senior forward Eric Crookshank led all players with seven rebounds.

02/12/05
Chico State stuns CCAA leader San Bernardino
Wildcats rally from 15 points down in final 2:24 to win
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The Chico State men’s basketball team rallied from 15 points down with 2:24 to play to send the game into overtime and went on to shock host Cal State San Bernardino 107-105, ending the Coyotes’ 38-game regular-season home winning streak Saturday night.

Will Bonner scored 24 points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds for the Wildcats, and his three-point play with 16 seconds remaining capped a 21-6 Wildcats run and sent the game into overtime.

The win boosted the West Region No. 6-ranked Wildcats to 15-6 on the season and 10-4 in the CCAA while the Coyotes, ranked No. 4 in the region, fell into a tie for first place in the CCAA at 11-3, 16-4 overall.

The two teams combined for 85 fouls in the 45-minute contest, an average of one foul every 30 seconds, setting a new NCAA Division II single-game record for fouls. There were 79 in regulation, breaking the old mark of 74. The NCAA record for fouls in an overtime game is 91.

The Coyotes also set team records for free throw attempts (59) and free throws made (45).

Chico State was 30-of-48 from the line. Point guard Tim Haley matched a season high with 20 points, including seven in overtime, and also dished out 12 assists. Jason Van Eck contributed 22 points off the bench. Scott Land finished with 14 points before fouling out, and Andy Butcher hit 4-of-6 three pointers en route to 13 points. The Wildcats shot 51 percent for the game (34 of 66).

Ken Sims led the Coyotes with 23 points. Trenell Eddings had 20, Joseph Dural 15 and James Perkins 11 to lead CSUSB.

The Coyotes had a 15-point lead, 87-72, with 2:40 left on a 3-pointer by Eddings and the crowd of 1,960 sensed victory. A pair of Van Eck free throws and Land’s 3-pointer trimmed Chico State’s deficit to 87-77, however. Eddings then picked up an offensive foul – his fifth foul of the game – followed by a technical foul. Van Eck made the two technical free throws and Haley followed with two more for the foul, and suddenly Chico State trailed just 87-81 with 2:02 to play. It was a 9-0 run over 22 seconds.

Haley’s layup momentarily made it a four-point game, but San Benardino’s Antoine Parker answered with a pair of free throws. Land’s 3-pointer made it 89-86 with 1:01 to play, but he fouled out seconds later and Kenneth Sims sank both free throws to give the Coyotes a 91-86 advantage. Haley kept the pressure on with another score on a drive in the lane, however, and this time, the Coyotes finally showed some weakness from the free throw line. Sims made just 1-of-2, and after an offensive rebound and putback by Van Eck, Sims was again fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws. Facing a 93-90 deficit with 24 seconds remaining, Haley drove into the lane and dished off to Bonner, who scored and was fouled with 16 seconds to play. Bonner, who made just six of his first 13 attempts from the line, buried it this one to tie the game 93-93.

Sims missed a three-pointer and then Perkins’ layup try with one second went awry for a 93-93 deadlock.

In overtime, Bonner hit a jumper and a free throw for a 103-100 lead with 2:08 left and Haley followed with a layup at 1:27 for a 105-100 lead. Sims drained a three with 16 seconds left to cut the Wildcats lead to 106-104. Andy Butcher and Sims exchanged free throws and that was it.

Chico State is back in action next weekend when it goes back on the road to face Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday and Cal Poly Pomona Saturday. Both game are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m..

02/11/05
Men move up two spots to No. 6 in the region
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Chico State men’s basketball team scored the game’s first 17 points and never trailed en route to an 82-66 victory over host UC San Diego Friday night at RIMAC Arena. Jason Van Eck scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting to lead Chico State, which improved to 14-6 overall and 9-4 in the CCAA.

Scott Land finished with 12 points, while Will Bonner chipped in 10. Nevertheless, the Wildcats’ true catalyst Friday was senior Adam Olson, who played his best game since coming to Chico State as a transfer from Shasta College. Olson tallied four points, four rebounds, three blocked shots, and three steals in 23 minutes to key the win.

02/09/05
Men move up two spots to No. 6 in the region
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Chico State men moved up two spots in the Western Regional Poll to No. 6 thanks to a pair of convincing wins over the weekend. The top eight teams in the region earn playoff spots.

Following are the West Region rankings:
Team vs. West Region and (Overall)
1 Hawaii-Hilo 13-2 (20-2)
2 Seattle Pacific 11-3 (17-4)
3 Western Washington 12-3 (16-4)
4 Cal State San Bernardino 11-3 (15-3)
5 Cal Poly Pomona 12-4 (14-5)
6 Cal State Chico 12-4 (13-6)
7 Alaska Fairbanks 9-4 (13-7)
8 Cal State Bakersfield 9-6 (13-6)
9 Brigham Young-Hawaii 7-5 (11-6)
10 Chaminade 8-5 (13-8)

02/05/05
Wildcats hand it to Monterey Bay on a trey
CHICO, Calif. – The Chico State men's basketball team buried a school-record 18 3-pointers and buried visiting Cal State Monterey Bay 102-72 in the process in front of 1,436 fans at Acker Gymnasium Saturday night.

Scott Land nailed 5-of-8 from long distance on the way to a game-high 19 points. Jason Van Eck railed home all three of his 3-point attempts and finished with 17 points. Will Bonner tallied 13 points. And Beau Henegar notched a season-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc as the Wildcats improved to 13-6 overall and 8-4 in the CCAA.

Cal State Monterey Bay, which cut down its nets after beating the Wildcats for their first-ever CCAA victory back in December, never led Saturday. The Otters turned the ball over 22 times, leading to Chico State's 34-6 advantage in points off turnovers. Devoughn Lamont paced the Otters with 16 points, while Darryl Anderson and Demar Walton chipped in 11 points apiece.

Chico State led 65-51 with 12:38 to play, but broke the game open with a 33-11 run over the next eight minutes. The Wildcats nailed five 3-pointers during the run. Henegar was responsible for two of them, including a trey that gave Chico State a 98-62 advantage with 4:20 to play.

Chico State, 10-1 at home this season, will head back on the road next weekend for games at UC San Diego Friday night and Cal State San Bernardino Saturday.

02/02/05
Wildcats improve to 9-1 at home with 100-84 victory
CHICO, Calif. – Jason Van Eck and Colin Carr combined for 31 of Chico State's 58 second-half points as the Wildcats men's basketball team broke open a close game to defeat visiting Cal State Stanislaus 100-84 Wednesday night at Acker Gym. Tim Haley finished with a season-high 20 points, 12 assists, and five steals as Chico State improved to 9-1 at home this season.

Chico State, now 12-6 overall and 7-4 in the CCAA, led just 42-41 at the half thanks to Van Eck's buzzer-beating layup. That was his first basket of the game and sparked him toward 18 more in the second half. Carr hit 5-of-7 shots after intermission, including a jumper with 11:05 to play that stretched the Wildcats' lead to 73-55. Stanislaus trimmed it to nine, but the Wildcats responded with an 11-2 rally, capped by the last of Carr's career-high five 3-pointers, and the lead was never threatened again.

Kavin Young paced Cal State Stanislaus (3-15, 1-10 CCAA) with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Cameron Quick, who finished with 14 points, was the only other Warrior in double-figures.

Chico State, ranked No. 8 in the Western Region, will be back in action at home this Saturday when it hosts Cal State Monterey Bay at 8 p.m.

01/31/05
Haley named Wilson CCAA Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Chico State guard Tim Haley has been named the Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of January 24-30.

Haley, a senior from Chico, led the Wildcats to wins over Cal State L.A. and Cal State Bakersfield last week to keep Chico in postseason contention.

He dished out 11 assists and added 4 points, 4 rebounds and a steal in an 81-61 triumph over Cal State L.A. (Jan. 28). Haley then tallied 12 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in 30 minutes as the ‘Cats upended league leader Cal State Bakersfield, 82-80 (Jan. 29).

The CCAA assists leader (7.4 apg) who entered last week 6th nationally, Haley averaged 11.5 per game to go with 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

01/29/05
'Cats knock off first-place Bakersfield
CHICO, Calif. – In one of their last crucial games at home, Chico State seniors Scott Land, Tim Haley, Will Bonner, and Colin Carr each played masterfully, leading the Wildcats to an 82-80 victory over CCAA leader Cal State Bakersfield Saturday night at Acker Gym. The visiting Roadrunners entered the contest ranked No. 4 in the West Region.

Land led all scorers with 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting as Chico State improved to 9-1 at home this season. Haley finished with 12 points and a game-high 10 assists. Bonner scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and pulled down a huge rebound in the closing seconds. Carr buried 5-of-7 shots and finished with 13 points.

The Wildcats, who entered the weekend ranked No. 8 in the Western Region, improved to 11-6 overall and 6-4 in the CCAA. Bakersfield dipped to 13-4 overall and 8-2 in the CCAA. The Roadrunners dropped into a tie for the conference lead with Cal State San Bernardino.

Dwuan Rice led five Roadrunners in double-figures with 17 points, but after Carr left the door open by missing two free throws with four seconds left, Rice lost control of the ball and Bakersfield failed to get the potential game-winning or game-tying shot off.

Michael Schnyder and Andre Harwick finished with 13 points apiece for Bakersfield. Curtis Washington added 12 points, and Eddie Shelby chipped in 10.

Bakersfield led for much of the game's early action, but a Carr 3-pointer and Land's layup gave the Wildcats a 12-10 lead they would never surrender. Chico's lead grew as large as 32-18 on another Carr 3-pointer, but the Roadrunners trimmed the lead to 38-32 by intermission.

That lead was cut all the way to two on three separate occasions during the opening 12 minutes of the second half, but each time Bakersfield made a run, Chico State answered. Then, the Wildcats went on an 8-0 run, punctuated by Bonner's layup, to stretch their lead to 70-60 with 6:45 to play. Bakersfield slowly whittled away at the lead, however, and Shelby's layup with 39 seconds remaining made it 81-80. After Bonner was fouled a made 1-of-2 free throws, he rebounded Shelby's miss with eight seconds left. Carr was then fouled with four seconds remaining, setting up the Roadrunners' final chance.

Chico State is back in action Wednesday night when it hosts Cal State Stanislaus at 8 p.m.

01/28/05
Carr drives 'Cats past Cal State L.A. with career-high 18 points
CHICO, Calif. – Colin Carr came off the bench to shoot 7-of-11 from the field en route to a career-high 18 points to help lead the Chico State men's basketball team to an 81-61 victory over Cal State L.A. in front of 1,405 fans at Acker Gym Friday night.

Chico State's Jason Van Eck, coming off the bench for the first time this season, scored a game-high 19 points. The Wildcats' bench scored 56 points to lift the team to its seventh win in eight games at Acker Gym this season. Chico State, ranked No. 8 in the West Region entering the weekend, improved to 10-6 overall and 5-4 in the CCAA with the victory. Cal State L.A., led by Gene Myvett's 16 points, dropped its 15th straight game and fell to 1-15 overall and 0-9 in the CCAA.

The Wildcats took control early, holding the Golden Eagles to 17-percent shooting in the first half on the way to a 33-19 halftime lead. The Chico State defense also forced 27 turnovers, leading to a 31-13 edge in points off turnovers.

Chico State will be back in action Saturday when it hosts CCAA leader Cal State Bakersfield at 8 p.m.

01/22/05
Gators hold off late Chico State run
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco State Gators held off the visiting Chico State Wildcats for a 79-77 California Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball victory Saturday night at Main Gym

San Francisco improves to 8-7 overall, 5-3 in conference. Chico State falls to 9-6 overall, 4-4 in the CCAA.

The Gators led by 10 with 1:40 left in the game when the Wildcats went on a 14-5 run to cut the deficit to one point with 0:41 seconds left. San Francisco fought back, increasing the lead to four points with just 11 seconds remaining.

Chico's Tim Haley hit a three pointers at the six-second mark to cut the lead back down to one, but two Gators free throws increased the lead to three points with four seconds left. Chico was fouled with less than a second left, but made only made one of three free throws.

Dyer finished with a career-high 28 points for the Gators. Kelan Joshua recorded 13 points, Ryan Cleaves chipped in 12, and Joe Roberson added 11 points.

Scott Land led the way for Chico State with 14 points, while Jason Van Eck added 13. Will Bonner chipped in 11 and Adam Olson scored 10 points.

01/21/05
Wildcats lose to Sonoma State, 99-89
ROHNERT PARK, Calif- Sonoma State used a balanced attack to defeat Chico State 99-89 in CCAA men's basketball action on Friday night in Rohnert Park.

The Seawolves improved to 8-6, 5-2 CCAA with the win, while Chico drops to 9-5, 4-3 CCAA.

Sonoma State rallied to a 22-point halftime lead, 52-31, but the Wildcats came out strong in the second half, scoring the first 12 points of the half. The Seawolves held their own down the stretch, never allowing Chico within six points.

Vince Inglima led Sonoma with 24 points and J.T. Tipton had 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Four other Seawolves were in double figures: Andrew Kochevar 17, Kevin Cornwell 15, Paige Dumont 11 and Chris Getty 10.

Scott Land had a game-high 27 points by way of six three-pointers to lead Chico State. Chuck Webster had a strong second half, finishing the game with nine points and eight boards.

01/20/05
Wildcat basketball teams in the rankings
Both the Chico State men's and women's basketball teams are ranked among the top five teams in the latest West Region polls.

The Chico State men (9-4) are the highest ranked team from the CCAA, currently ranked fifth in the region behind Seattle Pacific (12-3), Alaska Fairbanks (11-4), Hawaii-Hilo (16-2), and Western Washington (11-3). Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State San Bernardino are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively.

The Wildcat women (11-2) are ranked second in the region behind Seattle Pacific (14-1) and jump up two spots to No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA national poll. Other CCAA teams ranked in the regional poll include Cal State Bakersfield-4th, Cal State San Bernardino-5th, and Cal State Dominguez Hills-6th.

01/15/05
Wildcats hold off Dominguz Hills by an inch
CHICO, Calif. – Cliche or not, basketball is truly a game of inches, and it was an inch that made the difference Saturday night as the Chico State men's basketball team held off Cal State Dominguez Hills for a 78-76 victory at Acker Gym Saturday night. Les Norman thought he buried the game-tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining, but his foot was on the line, leaving host Chico with a 77-76 lead. After Colin Carr made one-of-two free throws with three seconds remaining, Quenton Harvey failed to get off his desperation 3-pointer before the buzzer sounded.

Jason Van Eck led Chico State, 9-4 overall and 4-2 in the CCAA, with a season-high 20 points and eight rebounds. Tim Haley dished out a career-best 13 assists, and Scott Land hit 5-of-10 3-pointers en route to 18 points.
Norman paced Cal State Dominguez Hills with a game-high 25 points before fouling out with three seconds to play. Phillip Givens and Saul Lankster added 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Toros fell to 3-10 overall and 2-4 in the CCAA.

Cal State Dominguez Hills led for much of the early going before the Wildcats charged into the lead with a19-5 run fueled by Van Eck's nine points. A pair of Doug Little free throws with 1:31 to play before intermission gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the night, 38-26.

Chico State remained comfortably in the lead until the Toros' Lankster hit a 3-pointer and Norman followed with three free throws to cut the lead to 68-65 with 7:13 to play. Land's 3-pointer and a Van Eck layup kept Dominguez Hills at bey, but two Norman free throws after Land was called for a technical foul made it 75-74 with 2:04 remaining.

Both teams came up empty on their next four possessions, however, before Will Bonner made one-of-two free throws after an intentional foul with 17 seconds to play. Haley made one-of-two free throws to stretch the advantage of 77-74 before Norman took what he thought was the game-tying 3-pointer. Turns out it was a two.

Chico State is back in action next weekend as it travels to take on Sonoma State and San Francisco State before returning home for games against Cal State L.A. and Cal State Bakersfield January 28 and 29, respectively.

01/14/05
Cal Poly Pomona wins big over Chico State
CHICO, Calif. – Cal Poly Pomona employed a suffocating defense and shot almost 60-percent in the first half en route to a 73-52 victory over the host Chico State men's basketball team Friday night. Jeff Bonds finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, and four blocked shots as the Wildcats lost at home for the first time this season.

Chico State, led by Scott Land's 12 points, dipped to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the CCAA. Pomona moved to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the CCAA. The Broncos got 13 points from Hervey Malone and 11 from David Sybesma.

Cal Poly Pomona also forced Chico State into 19 turnovers and a number of tough shots, leading to the Wildcats' 35-percent shooting, including 26-percent from beyond the arc. Chico State also made just 2-of-7 free throws while the visiting Broncos were converting 23-of-28.

The Wildcats will be back in action Saturday night against Cal State Dominguez Hills at 8 o'clock.

01/08/05
Defense keys Chico State's victory over UCSD
Wildcats move into first-place tie in CCAA
CHICO, Calif. – The Chico State men's basketball team held visiting UC San Diego to just one field goal over a 16-minute span covering the final three minutes of the first half and the first 13 of the second half and cruised to an 80-54 victory against the Tritons Saturday night at Acker Gymnasium. The visiting Tritons finished the night just 16-of-48 from the field while the host Wildcats got 40 bench points to move into a tie for first place atop the CCAA.

Colin Carr came off the bench to bury four 3-pointers for the second consecutive night as Chico State improved to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA. Scott Land also scored 15 points for the Wildcats. Reserve Will Bonner pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to go along with his 10 points, and point guard Tim Haley dished out nine assists, grabbed seven rebounds, and finished with four steals.

UC San Diego, now 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the CCAA, got 13 points from Clint Allard and 11 from Chris Randall. The Tritons were outrebounded 39-28, however, and also turned the ball over 21 times.

Chico State will host two more games next weekend when Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills come to town Friday and Saturday, respectively.

01/07/05
Wildcats snap 14-game skid against No. 15 Coyotes
CHICO, Calif. – Colin Carr came off the bench to bury four 3-pointers and lead the Chico State men's basketball team to an 80-75 victory over 15th-ranked Cal State San Bernardino Friday night at Acker Gymnasium. The victory snapped a 14-game losing streak against the Coyotes – the five-time defending CCAA champions who were picked by coaches to win the CCAA again this season.

Joining Carr in double-figures for the Wildcats were Chuck Webster with 14 points, Jason Van Eck with 13, and Tim Haley with 11. Haley, Webster, and Will Bonner led the way with six rebounds apiece as the Wildcats outrebounded the visitors 40-39. Chico State improved to 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the CCAA with the victory.

Cal State San Bernardino, now 7-2 overall and 2-1 in the CCAA, was paced by Kenneth Sims' 23-point effort on 6-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc. Chris Davis added 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Trenell Eddings chipped in 11 points but shot just 2-of-14 from the field.

Chico State led for much of the night before Cal State San Bernardino put together a 13-2 midway through the second half to take a 57-52 lead. Nevertheless, the Wildcats, led by Carr and Chuck Webster, controlled the last five minutes and won going away. Webster's layup with 4:56 to play, which gave the Wildcats a 64-63 advantage, was the eighth and final lead change of the night. Carr added a 3-pointer seconds later.

After San Bernardino trimmed the lead to 69-67, Scott Land hit a jumper, followed by another Carr trey, to stretch the lead to 74-67 with 58 seconds remaining.

Haley sealed it by hitting all four of his free throws down the stretch, and Chico State improved to 4-0 at home this season.

Chico State will host UC San Diego Saturday at 8 p.m., while Cal State San Bernardino will travel to face Cal State Stanislaus.

12/21/04
Wildcats beat Grand Canyon for second time this season
PHOENIX - Will Bonner and Jason Van Eck scored 13 points each as the Chico State men's basketball team defeated Grand Canyon 73-68 on Tuesday in Phoenix. It was the second win for the Wildcats over the Antelopes this season. The first was in the home-opener on Nov. 24.

Scott Land scored 12 points and Tim Haley added 11 and a team-high five assits for the Wildcats (6-3). Bonner led Chico State with nine rebounds and Van Eck ended the game with eight.

Grand Canyon (6-7) trailed 27-18 at halftime but took a 3-point lead with nine minutes remaining before Chico State pulled away for the win.

Neither team shot well in the game. Chico hit 38 percent (23-61) from the floor and just 20 percent (4-20) from three-point range. Canyon shot 39 percent in the game and 30 percent from beyond the arc.

12/18/04
Chico State falls to D-I Santa Clara
SANTA CLARA - The Chico State men's basketball team stayed close with Division I Santa Clara for most of the night, but in the end, the Broncos dominance in the paint was too much for the Wildcats to handle. Chico fell to Santa Clara 87-74 in front of 1,411 fans on the road.

Chico State (5-3) trailed by six, 42-36, at intermission but the Broncos (7-4) hit 50 percent of their shots in the second half and pulled away for the victory.

Will Bonner came off the bench to lead the Wildcats with 15 points. Andy Butcher netted 14, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. Scott Land was the only other Wildcat in double figures, finishing with 11 points. Tim Haley led the team with five assists and three steals in 27 minutes of play.

Chico's top rebounders were Jason Van Eck, who fouled out after playing just 14 minutes, and Andy Butcher. Both players had six boards, as the Wildcats were outrebounded 35-51 in the game.

The Wildcats travel to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix on Tuesday for a 7:00 start.

12/08/04
Chico State defense keys victory at Stanislaus
TURLOCK, Calif. - Prior to Wednesday night, defense had been the weak spot for the Chico State men's basketball team. It wasn't Wednesday night, however. The Wildcats held host Cal State Stanislaus to five field goals in the first half to build a 36-17 lead by intermission and went on to a 74-64 victory.

Scott Land gave Chico State the lead for good by scoring the game's first five points. He finished with a team-high 18. Chuck Webster notched 14 points. And Travis McCollum tallied season highs with 10 points and six rebounds.

Chico State improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the CCAA with the victory. Cal State Stanislaus, which dipped to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the CCAA, was paced by Kavin Young's 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Chico State is back in action Saturday, Dec. 18, at Santa Clara.

11/30/04
Wildcats upset by newcomer Monterey in CCAA-opener
SEASIDE, Calif. - Picked to be the doormat of the conference by nearly every CCAA coach, conference newcomer Cal State Monterey Bay may have changed some minds Friday night. The Otters outrebounded visiting Chico State 41-30 to key a number of rallies and earn a 94-89 overtime win against the Wildcats.

Chico State's Scott Land matched a career-high with eight 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 30 points, but the Wildcats couldn't overcome the tenacious Otters, who posted four players in double-figures. Tim Haley chipped in 11 points and eight assists for the Wildcats, who dipped to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the CCAA. Chuck Webster, Colin Carr, and Will Bonner added 10 points apiece.

Monterey Bay improved to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in the CCAA with the victory.

11/30/04
Wildcats predicted to finish fourth in CCAA
San Bernardino favored to make it six in a row
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Five-time defending California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Champion Cal State San Bernardino is the league head coaches’ favorite to win the 2004-05 title.

Despite returning only one starter off its 26-3 club from a year ago, CSUSB has shown unprecedented resiliency during its run. Since 1999, Cal State San Bernardino has posted a 114-18 mark in CCAA play (.864) and captured two West Region Championships in addition to its conference titles.

Expected to challenge CSUSB are veteran clubs Cal State Bakersfield, Cal Poly Pomona and Chico State, all three of which reached the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2004.

Bakersfield, the only program in CCAA history to have won the NCAA Division II Championship (1993, 1994, 1997), is looking to earn its fifth straight postseason appearance. The Roadrunners return seven players from last year’s 22-6 team.

Pomona, which finished 21-7 overall and third in the CCAA last year, returns three starters, including All-America candidate Jeff Bonds, and four additional letterwinners.

Chico State, fresh off a 17-11 campaign and the program’s first playoff berth in 11 years, returns three starters and 10 additional letterwinners.


Team (First place votes) Points

1. Cal State San Bernardino (7) 87
2. Cal State Bakersfield (1) 78
3. Cal Poly Pomona (2) 77
4. Chico State 70
5. Sonoma State 56
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills 41
7. Cal State Stanislaus 40
8. Cal State L.A. 35
9. San Francisco State 31
10. UC San Diego 23
11. (i) CSU Monterey Bay 13

11/27/04
Puck Smith gets 250th victory as Wildcats win Mac Martin Tournament
CHICO, Calif. – Chico State Head Coach Puck Smith earned his 250th victory at Chico State as Chuck Webster scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Wildcats to a 77-74 win against Humboldt State University in the final game of the 45th Annual Wittmeier Mac Martin Tournament Saturday night.

Webster, who transferred to Chico State from Humboldt State two years ago, shot 6-of-10 and also notched a pair of steals. Chico State improved to 4-1.

Kevin Johnson led Humboldt State with 26 points and 12 rebounds, but couldn't keep the Lumberjacks (3-1) from absorbing their first loss of the season. Jordan Feramisco chipped in 13 points for Humboldt State.

Scott Land led Chico State with 15 points and Doug Little pitched in 10 points.

Dominican University 82, Central Washington 79

David Moore scored a game-high 30 points and Marcus Williams chipped in 21 as Dominican University slipped past Central Washington in a game that was close wire-to-wire.

Lance Den Boer and Derek Groth led Central Washington (1-2) players in double-figures with 18 points apiece.

Dominican, now 5-2, shot 57-percent to earn the victory in a game that featured 14 ties and 18 lead changes.

All-Tournament Team
MVP - Chuck Webster, Chico State
Tim Haley, Chico State
Kevin Johnson, Humboldt State
Lance Den Boer, Central Washington
David Moore, Dominican

Boxscores from Mac Martin Tournament:
Friday, Nov. 26
Humboldt 77, Dominican 64
Chico State 99, Central Washington 79
Saturday, Nov. 27
Dominican 82, Central Washington 79
Chico State 77, Humboldt State 74

11/26/04
Wildcats cruise to first round win at Mac Martin Tournament
CHICO, Calif. – The Chico State men's basketball team had four starters score in double figures as they downed Central Washington University, 99-79, in the opening round of the 45th Annual Wittmeier Mac Martin Tournament at Acker Gym.

Chico State led by 16 at the break, 56-40, as Tim Haley dished out eight assists in the first half. Central Washington tried to erase the deficit early in the second half and closed the gap to 10 points five minutes into the period, but Chico continued to roll and opened it up after that.

Scott Land led Chico State with 19 points on 70-percent shooting, including 4-for-5 from the three-point arc. Jason Van Eck finished with 15 points and a game-high three steals. Chuck Webster tallied 14 points, hitting 6-of-7 from the floor and Andy Butcher rounded out the double-digit scoring with 13, including a trio of three pointers.

Chico shot 60 percent from the floor, compared to 40 percent for Central Washington

Lance Den Boer led all scorers with 28 points, including 6-of-13 three-point attempts. Robert Hicks ended the game with 19 points and a team-high six assists. Chris Bannish recorded 10 points for short-staffed Central Washington, which had only eight players available for the game.

Chico hosts Humboldt State for the Mac Martin title tomorrow night at 7:00. Central Washington takes on Dominican University in the early pairing at 5:00.

Humboldt 77, Dominican 64

In the opening game of the Mac Martin Tournament, Humboldt State held a 10-point half time lead and held on to win by 13 over Dominican University.

Devin Peal came off the bench to score 18 points for the Lumberjacks, along with teammate Jeremiah Ward, who also had a game-high four steals. Kevin Johnson and Grayson Moyer each finished in double-digits as well, with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

For Dominican David Moore led the squad with 16 points, while Lance Buoncristiani recorded 12, Brandon Quick netted 11, and Sam Luong ended the game with 10 points and a game-high five assists.

11/24/04
Wildcats handle Grand Canyon in home opener
CHICO, Calif. – Jason Van Eck scored 18 points and grabbed six steals to lead the Chico State men's basketball team to an 84-70 victory over Grand Canyon in the Wildcats' home opener Wednesday night at Acker Gymnasium.

Van Eck also grabbed a team-high six rebounds for Chico State, which improved to 2-1 on the season. Scott Land chipped in 12 points but shot just 4-of-14. Chuck Webster and Doug Little added 10 points apiece. All 12 Wildcats who played scored.

Grand Canyon, which dipped to 2-1 with the loss, was paced by Prileu Davis' 18 points. Noe Alonzo scored 16 points.

Chico State trailed for much of the early going, but took the lead for good on a Land 3-pointer with 8:45 remaining in the half. That lead grew to 36-29 thanks to Little's trey just before the half. Van Eck then took over, scoring 14 points in the second half, as Chico State's lead grew as large as 15.

The Wildcats are back in action at home for the Wittmeier Mac Martin Tournament this Friday and Saturday night. Tournament play begins at 5 p.m. on each night and the Wildcats will tip off at 7 p.m.

11/20/04
Upset bid falls just short for Chico State men
SEATTLE, Wash. – Scott Land's 3-pointer with 1:39 remaining gave the Chico State men's basketball team an 80-79 lead against highly-touted Seattle Pacific. But the Falcons, picked by coaches to finish second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, scored the game's final five points to pull out an 84-80 victory in the Sodexho Tipoff Classic Saturday night at SPU.

Land led four Wildcats in double-figures with 17 points. Andy Butcher scored 15, all from beyond the arc. Jason Van Eck chipped in 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. And Tim Haley scored 13 points to go along with eight assists, six rebounds, and four steals. The Wildcats fell to 1-1 with the loss.

Jason Chivers led SPU with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Chad Williams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons, who improved to 1-1.

Chico State will be back in action Wednesday night in its home opener against Grand Canyon at 7 p.m.

11/19/04
Chico State men sneak past NNU to open season
SEATTLE, Wash. – Scott Land scored five of his game-high 23 points in overtime, including the clinching free throw, as Chico State held off a late rally by Northwest Nazarene for a 91-89 overtime victory in the Sodexho Tip-Off Classic, hosted by Seattle Pacific on Friday night at Brougham Pavilion.

Land hit 1-of-2 free throws with 11 second left to put Chico (1-0) on top 90-87. The Wildcats then fouled with just under five seconds remaining to avoid giving up the three pointer. NNU&Mac226;s David Lehrschall sank both free throws to pull the Crusaders (0-1) back to within one.

Chico&Mac226;s Andy Butcher hit 1-of-2 free throws to make it 91-89 with four seconds left to play. NNU nearly pulled off the shocker, but Lehrschall&Mac226;s desperation attempt from 35 feet out as the buzzer sounded rattled in and out of the rim.

The Crusaders, who led by as much as 10 in the first half, fell behind by 10 with four minutes left to play. They held Chico State without a field goal and a total of just one point over the final four minutes of regulation during an 11-1 run to force overtime.

Land, who was one of five Chico players in double figures, also had eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win. Chuck Webster had 17 points, and Jason Van Eck finished with 13 points and eight boards.

Ryan McCarthy led NNU with 18 points. Travis Fridrich had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Northwest Nazarene shot 25-for-26 from the free-throw line during regulation, but went just 3-for-6 in overtime in the loss. Chico was a dismal 20-for-36 from the charity stripe. A total of 58 fouls were whistled in the game. Chico State also forced 29 turnovers.

Chico State will face tournament host Seattle Pacific at 7 pm.

11/06/04
UOP pulls away from Wildcat men late
STOCKTON, Calif. – Trailing University of Pacific just 48-43 early in the second half, the Chico State men's basketball team twice had the opportunity to score and make it a one possession game. The Wildcats couldn't convert, however, and UOP, expected by most to win the Big West Conference this season, pulled away for a 97-71 victory in an exhibition game at the Spanos Center.

Jason Van Eck led the Wildcats with 15 points and six rebounds. The Wildcats shot just 36 percent from the floor, however, including 7-of-26 from beyond the arc. Will Bonner finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and three steals. Tim Haley tallied with six points, six assists, and three steals.

UOP was paced by Christian Maraker's 16 points, while Guillaume Yango scored 12 points and pulled down 11 boards.

Chico State never led in the game, but also stayed close until the final six minutes when the host Tigers closed with a 22-10 run. Andy Butcher helped keep the Wildcats close by scoring all 10 of his points in the first half, and the Wildcats went to the break down 46-36.

Van Eck's 3-pointer early in the second half got Chico as close as it would get, 48-43.

The contest was the second of two exhibition games for Chico State, which now awaits its regular season opener scheduled for Nov. 19 against Northwest Nazarene University at the Seattle Pacific Tournament.

11/03/04
Wildcats hang tough against California
BERKELEY, Calif. – Despite a poor shooting performance, the Chico State men's basketball team hung tough against Pac-10 foe California before falling 80-53 in an exhibition game at Haas Pavilion Tuesday night.

Chico State never led, but trailed just 57-42 midway through the second half before the Bears began to pull away. The visiting Wildcats shot just 35-percent and gave up 17 second-chance points to the much larger Golden Bears. Nevertheless, Andy Butcher's 3-pointer early in the second half cut Cal's lead to 50-36. .

As they had done the entire first half, the Wildcats stayed close after intermission, and trimmed the advantage to 57-42 on Chuck Webster's jumper midway through the stanza. California answered with a 7-0 run, however, and put together a 9-0 run minutes later to put the game out of reach.

California's Richard Midgley led all scorers with 20 points thanks to six 3-pointers. Dominic McGuire led the Golden Bears with 16 rebounds, and Rod Benson pulled down 12.

Webster led the way for the Wildcats, scoring 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Will Bonner finished with eight points, and Scott Land and Jason Van Eck chipped in six apiece. Van Eck added a team-best eight rebounds.

05/27/04
Wildcats sign JC transfer Stockhammer
CHICO, CA – Head Basketball Coach Puck Smith has announced that College of the Siskiyous product Michael Stockhammer will transfer to Chico State for the 2004-05 season.

Stockhammer, originally from Hamburg Germany, is 6-foot-3 and can play both forward and guard. As a First Team All-Golden Valley Conference performer last season, Stockhammer averaged 18 points, nine rebounds, and three assists per game.

We're very excited about Michael joining our team, said Smith. He is a guy who we think can be a big part of our run toward another trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Stockhammer, who will be a junior, was in the social service in Germany before being recruited by former Chico State assistant Ed Madec to come to College of the Siskiyous to play basketball. He helped lead the team to the GVC title and a 22-10 record as a freshman and captained a very young team to a 14-13 mark as the only returning player last season.

According to Smith, Stockhammer's strength is on the defensive end. We expect him to come in and be a defensive stopper, said Smith. He can guard almost any position on the floor, he's a strong rebounder, and he has the ability to score too.

Stockhammer joins a cast of 13 returners from last year's Division II NCAA Tournament team.