2002-03 Archive

Land, Hester earn All-CCAA honors
(March 14) Chico State men's basketball players Scott Land and Daveris Hester, who led the Wildcats' 12-game turnaround this season, have been named to the All-CCAA Men's Basketball Team.

Land, who finished second in the CCAA in scoring at 21.2 points per game, earned First-Team honors, while Hester, who broke the Wildcats' single-game points record with 42 Friday, March 7 at Dominguez Hills, earned Second-Team honors.

Both Scott and Daveris were instrumental in the outstanding season we had and they're both very deserving of the honor, said Chico State head coach Puck Smith. To be honored in an All-Conference ballot by the coaches in the CCAA is a real tribute to them.

Land had one of the best seasons in Chico State history, finishing 31st in the nation in scoring, 8th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.452), and 10th in the nation in 3-pointers made (3.42/game).

Hester, the team's lone starting senior, averaged 15.0 points per game, good for eighth in the CCAA. Hester also finished third in the CCAA in 3-pointers made (2.12/game), 3-point percentage (.430), and sixth in the CCAA in field goal percentage (.490).

Daveris Hester named Rawlings CCAA Player of the Week
(Mar. 11) WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Chico State guard Daveris Hester has been named the Rawlings California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of March 3-9.

Hester, a senior from Berkeley, was unstoppable in leading the Wildcats to a pair of road wins last week to close the 2002-03 season. He averaged 31 points on 76 percent shooting (25 of 33), 3.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal over two games.

In a 97-72 win at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Hester set a school record and CCAA season-high with 42 points, half coming on 7 three-pointers in 11 attempts. Twenty-eight of Hester’s points came in the first half as he hit 10 of 11 shots. Hester added 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

The following night, Hester hit 10 of 12 shots for 20 points and added 2 rebounds and 2 steals to lead the ‘Cats to an 81-67 win at Cal State L.A. The win gave Chico a 15-7 CCAA record and a tie for 3rd place.

Chico State men denied trip to Division II Tournament
(Mar. 10) A third-place finish in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and a seven-game winning streak to finish the season weren't enough to get the Chico State men's basketball team into the Western Regional, as announced by the NCAA Monday morning.

Instead, Cal State Bakersfield, which Chico State defeated 65-60 February 22, got the eighth and final seed in the region, and three other CCAA squads earned bids.

My first reaction is, I couldn't be more proud of a group of guys, said head coach Puck Smith. Working with this team has been one of the real highlights of my coaching career. This team played the game the way it's supposed to be played and it's been a joy to share this season with them.

I'm disappointed, mostly for our seniors, and especially Daveris Hester, who sacrificed so much to be part of this team and was such an instrumental part of our success, said head coach Puck Smith. As far as the rest of the team goes, we have got a group of younger players who have a chance to come back and get to the Regional and I hope they can use this disappointment to motivate themselves to get there next season.

Joining Bakersfield (19-8) in Hawaii for the Western Regionals March 14,15 and 17 will be top-seeded host BYU-Hawaii (19-3), Cal State San Bernardino (21-6), Humboldt State (22-5), Cal Poly Pomona (20-7), Alaska-Fairbanks (20-7), Hawaii-Hilo (18-9), and Sonoma State (18-9).

The winners of the eight regional tournaments around the nation will advance to the Elite Eight in Lakeland, Florida, March 26-29.

This season has been one coach Smith has reason to be proud of. The Wildcats enjoyed the biggest one-year turnaround the program has seen since 1979, improving from 6-21 last season to 18-9 this season. The Wildcats beat Western Region selectee Cal Poly Pomona twice and won 12 of their last 15 games to make a ferocious push for the postseason. However, a loss to NAIA school Oregon Tech in the preseason and losses to sub-.500 CCAA teams San Francisco State and Grand Canyon presumably hurt Chico State in the selection process.

Still, the Wildcats earned their best conference finish since joining the CCAA in 1999, tying Sonoma State for 3rd place at 15-7 overall. Cal State San Bernardino (19-3 CCAA) earned the conference title and Cal Poly Pomona grabbed 2nd place (16-6). Cal State Bakersfield finished 5th at 14-8.

'Cats have done all they can do and now must wait
(Mar. 8) The Wildcats knew going into the final weekend of play that they were in a must-win situation if they had any hopes of being selected for their first Regional berth since 1991. They did what they had to do, finishing up the season with a 81-67 win over Cal State L.A. and now must wait for the decision of the selection committee.

The selections for the men's regionals will be announced on Monday morning at 10 a.m. (PST) from the NCAA national office. The Wildcats were ranked No. 9 in the final West Region poll.

Scott Land returned to the court after taking Friday night off to nurse a sprained ankle. He looked to be his usual self, netting 31 points on 12-of-16 shooting. Daveris Hester who set a school record on Friday night with 42 points, capped off a great weekend with 20 points against L.A.

Jason Van Eck recorded 12 points and Brian Faulstich came off the bench to score 10.

Hester's 42 points wins it for Wildcats
(Mar. 7) Daveris Hester scored a school-record 42 points as he lite up the Torodome in Carson in the Wildcats must-win game against Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Wildcats led by as much as 30 and settled for a 97-72 victory.

The Wildcats came into the weekend sitting at No. 9 in the region, knowing that they must win-out in order to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Hester was close to unstoppable, as he hit 15-of-21 from the floor, including seven three pointers, and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. He broke the 27-year Chico State record of 41 points set by Gary Melugin in 1976.

Hester's career game couldn't have come at a better time, as the 'Cats leading scorer, Scott Land, was sidelined due to a sprained ankle suffered in practice on Wednesday.

Jason Van Eck and Andy Butcher both tallied double-digits, with 11 points apiece. Brian Faulstich was one shy of his season-high 10 assists with nine.

Chico wraps up CCAA play at Cal State L.A. on Saturday.

Wildcats break into Regional Poll!
The Chico State men's basketball team enters the West Region rankings in the No. 9 spot. This is the final poll before the last weekend of competition. Selections for the regional tournaments takes place on Monday, March 10 at 10a.m. (PST). Eight teams will be selected from each region.

West Region
1. Cal State San Bernardino (21-4)
2. Brigham Young-Hawaii (17-3)
3. Humboldt State (22-4)
4. Cal Poly Pomona (19-6)
5. Alaska Fairbanks (18-7)
6. Seattle Pacific (15-10)
7. Cal State Bakersfield (18-7)
8. Sonoma State (16-9)
9. Chico State (16-9)
10. Hawaii-Hilo (16-9)

Chico has won its last five straight games and travels to Cal State Dominguez Hills (Friday, 7:30) and Cal State L.A. (Saturday, 7:30) to wrap up CCAA play.

Scott Land named Rawlings CCAA
Player of the Week
(Mar. 4) WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CHICO STATE guard Scott Land has been named the Rawlings California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of February 24-March 2.

Land, a sophomore from Chico, kept the Wildcats in postseason contention by leading Chico to wins over Grand Canyon and UC San Diego last week.

In a 94-79 victory over Grand Canyon, Land scored 26 points on 75 percent shooting (9 for 12), and added 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Twenty-one of his points came from downtown as Land hit 6 of 7 three-point attempts.

Land continued his pinpoint accuracy in lifting the Wildcats to an 89-82 come-from-behind win over UC San Diego. He hit 7 of 8 three-point attempts and finished with 24 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and steal.

For the week, Land averaged 25 points on 63 percent shooting overall (17 for 27), including a staggering 87 percent from three-point range (13 for 15). Land also averaged 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as Chico State moved into a three-way tie for third place in the CCAA with a 13-7 league mark.

Wildcats come from behind to beat UC San Diego
(Mar. 1) – A tie game with five minutes to play turned into the Jason Van Eck show as the Chico State sophomore scored eight points during a 10-2 run that put Chico State in control and the Wildcats held on to win their fifth straight game, 89-82 versus UC San Diego in front of 1,011 fans at Acker Gym Saturday night.

In a game UC San Diego led by as many as 13 in the first half and 10 in the second half, the Wildcats got a much-needed lift from Van Eck, who finished with 18 points, and kept their playoff dreams alive. Scott Land buried 7-of-8 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points as Chico State improved to 16-9 overall and 13-7 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Daveris Hester hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, and Ben Perak chipped in 15 points.

Sean Crawford led UC San Diego (6-19, 5-15) with 17 points. C.J. Duffaut finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Matthew Sweany tallied 11 points, and Cameron Jackson finished with 10 points and eight assists.

The visiting Tritons were coming off a victory at UC Davis Friday night and kept their momentum going early by hitting 10 of their first 15 3-point attempts, racing to a 45-32 lead with four minutes remaining in the first half. However, UC San Diego made just four of their last 15 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, Land made 7 of his 8 shots from long range and Hester canned 5-of-8. Land hit a 3-pointer and Perak scored six consecutive points to but Chico State's deficit to 47-41 by intermission.

UC San Diego stretched the lead back to 10 points on Watkins' jumper with 17:13 remaining, but the Wildcats began to slowly chip away at the lead after that. Consecutive treys by Hester cut the lead to 53-49 and Land's 3-pointer with 11:44 to go made it 65-62. Hester converted a steal into a dunk to cut the lead to one, and after Duffaut converted on a layup, Hester found the net from beyond the arc to tie the score 67-67.

The lead changed hands three times over the next few minutes., but Van Eck gave Chico State the lead for good with a put back off his own missed shot. He flushed home an alley-oop pass from Hester with 3:56 to play that gave the Wildcats a 78-74 lead and they remained in control for the rest of the night.
Chico State wraps up the regular season next weekend with a road trip to Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A.

One-two punch of Hester and Land lift 'Cats to easy win
(Feb. 28) Scott Land scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half and Daveris Hester poured in 17 of his career-high 28 in the second half as the Chico State men's basketball team hammered visiting Grand Canyon 94-79 Friday night at Acker Gym. It was the fifth straight win for the Wildcats, who improved to 15-9 overall and 12-7 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

The 12 conference wins are the most for Chico State since joining the CCAA in 1999. It's the most conference wins for the Wildcats since they went 12-2 in the Northern California Athletic Conference in 1993.

John Janssen led Grand Canyon (9-15, 7-12 CCAA) with 24 points and Sean Harris finished with 20. Delano Somers finished with 13 points despite missing his first eight shots.

Land hit his first six shots, including five-of-five 3-pointers, and the Wildcats never really cooled off. Chico State shot 57 percent from the floor and 65 percent from beyond the arc. Land finished 9-of-12 from the floor and 6-of-7 from 3-point range. Hester finished 11-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-6 from downtown. Jason Van Eck finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Chico State led by as many as 19 in the first half and turned a 17-point halftime lead into a 27-point lead on three separate occasions in the second half.

Chico State hosts UC San Diego Saturday night at 8 o'clock.

Wildcats knock off West Region No. 6 Cal State Bakersfield
(Feb. 22) CHICO – The Chico State men's basketball team got their second win against a team ranked in among the Western Region's top six in three games with a 65-60 victory over No. 6 Cal State Bakersfield Saturday night. The Wildcats, winners of three straight and eight of their last 11, beat No. 5 Cal Poly Pomona last Saturday.

Against Bakersfield Scott Land scored 16 points to lead the Wildcats, who improved to 14-9 overall and 11-7 in the CCAA. Jason Van Eck finished with 14 points and Brian Faulstich chipped in 12 points and a season-high four 3-pointers, all coming in the first half.

Bakersfield (17-6, 12-6 CCAA) was paced by Lawrence Charles' 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Terri Miller finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks, but also committed seven of Bakersfield's 17 turnovers.

The game was tight throughout as Bakersfield never led by more than eight and Chico State never led by more than five. Miller's free throws with 3:00 to play gave the Roadrunners their third lead of the game. It would also be their last.

Will Bonner's dunk off a feed from Land gave the Wildcats the lead for good with 2:34 remaining. Van Eck added a layup with 2:05 left to make it 61-58 Chico State.

Lawrence brought his second-half scoring total to 14 with a jumper to close the gap to 61-60. However, it would be Bakersfield's only field goal in the game's last 5:50. It didn't come without any opportunities though. Three offensive rebounds gave Bakersfield four straight shots, but Faulstich rebounded Miller's miss and passed to Van Eck, who was fouled with 14 seconds to play.

Van Eck buried both free throws, and after Billy Speer missed a 3-pointer, Daveris Hester rebounded, was fouled, and sunk the final two free throws to salt it away.

The Wildcats finish their home season next weekend when they host Grand Canyon Friday and UC San Diego Saturday.

Men torch Stanislaus for 54 second-half points in battle for fourth place
(Feb. 21) Daveris Hester buried five 3-pointers and scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the Chico State men's basketball team to a come-from-behind 92-82 victory over Cal State Stanislaus Friday night at Acker Gym. The game was a battle for sole possession of fourth place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Scott Land led all players with 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Wildcats won for the seventh time in their last 10 games to improve to 13-9 overall and 10-7 in the CCAA. Jason Van Eck chipped in a season-high 19 points and Will Bonner came off the bench to chip in 10 points and seven rebounds.

Bernard McIntosh hit 8-of-9 shots and paced Cal State Stanislaus (14-10, 9-8 CCAA) with 18 points. Jeff Davenport finished with 16, Ira Taylor scored 13, and Mesut Ademoglu added 10 for the Warriors.

Land scored 15 first-half points, including a trio of three pointers, to keep the sluggish Wildcats close in the first half. Stanislaus went into intermission with a 41-38 lead.

However, Van Eck hit a 3-pointer at the 18:24 mark to give Chico State their first lead of the second half, Thirty seconds later, Hester converted a layup to give the Wildcats the lead for good. Those buckets were part of a 21-8 run to start the half for the Wildcats.

The lead hovered between seven and 10 until Hester hit his third 3-pointer in a span of 1:36 to give Chico State a 74-61 advantage with 9:38 to go. The lead grew as large as 16 and never went below seven points.

Wildcats knock off West Region No. 5 Pomona
(Feb. 15) Scott Land hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and Jason Van Eck and Ben Perak made clutch free throws down the stretch to lift the Wildcats to an upset at Cal Poly Pomona Saturday night. The win gave Chico State, which lost to West Region No. 1 San Bernardino 78-60 Friday night, a weekend split.

Saturday night, Chico State trailed by as many as 13 to the Broncos, who were 10-1 at home entering the contest. But the Wildcats chipped away at the lead and eventually tied the game 48-48 with 13:23 to play. However, Chico State didn't take the lead until Land buried a 3-pointer with 3:18 to play to give the Wildcats a 67-65 advantage.

Perak, who led the Wildcats with a season-high 17 points, added an inside bucket to stretch the lead to 69-65 before Pomona's Jonathan Williams hit a 3-pointer with 1:23 remaining. Perak hit a pair of free throws with 1:10 remaining to boost the Wildcats lead back to three, but Guy Beahm scored for Pomona to make the score 71-70 with 48 seconds to go. Van Eck drew a foul rebounding a Perak miss with 14 seconds left and hit both free throws to make it 73-70. Those makes proved to be vitally important when Chico State's Brian Faulstich was inexplicably whistled for an intentional foul by an official on the opposite side of the court. Williams made both free throws, but Jeff Bonds' jumper in the lane rimmed out and Perak got the rebound to preserve the win.

Daveris Hester finished with 16 points and Land and Van Eck chipped in 15 points apiece for the Wildcats.

Friday night, the Chico State was tied 48-48 with San Bernardino, ranked No. 1 in the West Region and No. 22 in the nation, before the Coyotes took control. Hester led Chico State with 21 points and Land finished with 16.

Hot-shooting men get easy win against Gators
(Feb. 8) Scott Land buried 13-of-18 shots and finished with a game-high 31 points as the Chico State men's basketball led comfortably much of the way en route to an 87-66 victory over San Francisco State. Daveris Hester chipped in 20 points for the Wildcats, who snapped a four-game losing streak against the Gators.

Land wasn't the only hot shooter for the Wildcats. As a team, Chico State (11-8, 8-6 CCAA) shot 61 percent from the floor and 68 percent from beyond the arc.

San Francisco State was led by Steven Hankle's 20 points. Taylor Bro chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. However, the Gators dipped to 8-11 overall and 6-8 in the CCAA.

Chico State took the lead for good, 13-11, on Land's layup with 12:26 left in the first half. The Wildcats finished the half strong and led 49-33 at intermission. They led by nine or more from that point on.

Wildcats come up short against West No. 8 Sonoma State
(Feb. 7) Chad Morris came off the bench to score 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lead Sonoma State's come-from-behind 74-70 victory against host Chico State Friday night at Acker Gym.

Sonoma State, ranked No. 8 in the region, trailed 35-32 at the half, but outrebounded Chico State 22-13 after intermission and held the Wildcats to just 33 percent shooting in the second half.

Chico State's Scott Land led all scorers with 19 points and Daveris Hester finished with 17 points and a career-high eight assists, but the Wildcats (10-8, 7-6 CCAA) dropped their fifth straight against Sonoma State (12-6, 9-6 CCAA). The Seawolves have now won three straight games and six of their last seven. Chris Oliver led Sonoma State with 17 points. Trevor Howe and Morris added 14 points apiece, and Ryan Hensel finished with 10.

Chico State took a lead into halftime thanks to 54-percent shooting and a 15-14 rebounding edge. Ben Perak led all players at the half with eight rebounds. However, the second half was a different story. Perak managed just one rebound in the second half and the Seawolves took control of the boards.

The lead changed hands three times in the second half, but Sonoma State took the lead for good on Chris Getty's 3-pointer with 5:51 to play. The lead grew as large as 11 thanks to a 12-1 run. The Wildcats answered with an 8-2 run capped by Land's 3-pointer that cut the lead to 69-64 with 36 seconds remaining. Land buried another 3-pointer and Ben Perak added another over the next 15 seconds, but Sonoma State made 12-of-13 free throws down the stretch to salt the game away.

Chico State hosts San Francisco State Saturday night at 8 p.m. Sonoma State travels to take on UC Davis.

Hester's career-high 24 lifts 'Cats to thrilling win
(Feb. 1) Daveris Hester scored a career-high 24 points, including a three-point play with 30 seconds left that gave the Chico State men's basketball the lead for good in a thrilling 81-78 victory over visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday night at Acker Gym.

On a night when shots weren't falling at a high percentage, Hester made 8-of-14, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc, and chipped in seven rebounds. Chico State's leading scorer, Scott Land, made just 4-of-17 shots and finished with 12 points. Will Bonner came off the bench to contribute a season-high 14 points and eight rebounds, and Ben Perak finished with 12 points as Chico State won for the fourth time in the last five tries. In the process, the Wildcats (10-7, 7-5 CCAA) improved to 5-0 at home against Dominguez Hills under Puck Smith.

Dominguez Hills (5-12, 3-8 CCAA) was led by Abel Velarde's 20 points. Justin Goree added 16 points, Andre Brown scored 14, and Michael Crawford chipped in 11.

In a game that Chico State led most of the way, Dominguez Hills took 76-75 lead on Andre Brown's layup with 37 seconds to play. The lead didn't last for long, however. Immediately after the inbound pass, point guard Brian Faulstich made a quick pass to Hester, who attacked the basket, converted, and was fouled. He made the ensuing free throw to make it a 78-76 lead.

After Faulstich made one-of-two free throws to stretch the lead to 79-76 before Dominguez's Justin Goree sank a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 79-78 with five seconds to play.

Chico State's Andy Butcher answered with two free throws of his own, and the Toros' Robert Tosetti's half-court shot at the buzzer was no good.

Wildcats hold off Cal State L.A. 75-74
(Jan. 31) After Cal State L.A. made six 3-pointers in the final four minutes of the game, Kenjiro Hongo's 3-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer as the Golden Eagles' furious rally came up short and Chico State won 75-74 Friday night at Acker Gym. Cal State L.A finished the game on a 13-1 run but saw its five-game winning streak against Chico State snapped.

Chico State improved to 9-7 overall and 6-5 in the CCAA, while Cal State L.A. dipped to 6-10 overall and 2-9 in the CCAA.

In a game featuring the CCAA's two leading scorers, CSLA's Ronald Johnson led all scorers with 27 points and moved into second place on the all-time CCAA scorers list with a 3-pointer at the 15:43 mark on the first half to pass Dominguez Hills graduate William Alexander. Johnson now trails Chapman's Roger Middleton, who finished with 1,899 points in his career, by 110 points. However, Johnson was held to just 10-of-27 shooting on the night, although he did make his last three shots.

Chico State's Scott Land, the CCAA's second-leading scorer, finished with 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. Daveris Hester finished with 12 points and Jason Van Eck chipped in 11.

CSLA's Donnie Walker and Nic Vavakin joined Johnson in double-figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Chico State broke open a close game with a 14-6 run to end the first half. Andy Butcher's 3-pointer sparked the rally and Land's layup gave the Wildcats a 21-20 lead they would not relinquish. They led 34-26 at intermission.

The Wildcats stretched the lead to 36-26 on Brian Faulstich's jumper to start the second half and CSLA couldn't get closer than 39-34 until the closing minutes. Chico State took it's biggest lead, 68-52, on Narcippa Teague's two free throws with 4:27 to play.

However, in the game's final 3:55, Donnie Walker buried a trio of 3-pointers, the third of which cut Chico State's lead to 75-74 with 44 seconds to play. Johnson added a pair of 3-pointers to the fray and Hongo made one.

Chico State hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday night at 8 o'clock, while CSLA travels to take on UC Davis.

Furious rally comes up short for Wildcats
(Jan. 25) Trailing 60-40 with just over nine minutes to play, the Wildcats didn’t seem to have a chance. However, Chico State put together a 10-0 run to spark a furious rally that came up just short when Scott Land’s desperation 3-pointer rimmed out in the waning seconds of a 74-71 loss to host Grand Canyon.

Land led all scorers with 23 points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Ben Perak finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Will Bonner came off the bench to score 10 points.

The Wildcats led during the opening minutes of the first half, but Grand Canyon took a lead it would not surrender with a 21-10 run to end the first half. The hosts stretched the lead to 20 midway through the second half before the Wildcats battled back.

Chico State fell to 8-7 overall and 5-5 in the CCAA with the loss. Grand Canyon improved to 7-8 overall and 5-5 in the CCAA.

Chico State men blow out UC San Diego 92-69
(Jan. 24) Daveris Hester scored a career-high 22 points and Scott Land also scored 22 points as the Chico State men’s basketball team hammered host UC San Diego 92-69 Friday night.

Chico State shot 53 percent from the field and connected on 14 3-pointers as a team. A crowd of 2,340 fans packed RIMAC for UCSD’s annual Spirit Night event. The visiting Wildcats hit on 57 percent of their shots from the field in the first half, with eight three-pointers made, in jumping out to a 50-35 halftime lead. Chico State cooled down only slightly following the break, shooting 49 percent while adding six more successful conversions from long range. The Tritons, meanwhile, shot 31 percent from the field as a team on the night, and were six-of-31 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Land and Hester combined to go 17-of-25 from the floor, including nine-for-16 from three-point range. Sophomore Jason Van Eck added 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds while junior Brian Faulstich dished out a game-high 10 assists and sophomore Will Bonner produced 10 points off the bench.

Land’s season-high 33 sparks hot-shooting Chico State
(Jan. 18) Missing a week of practice did not seem to affect Scott Land’s performance on Saturday night.

Saturday night in Cal State Stanislaus’ Warrior Arena, a hot-shooting Chico State men’s basketball team, led by Scott Land’s season-high 33 points, defeated Stanislaus 93-82 in a CCAA matchup. Land had not practiced due to an injury to his shooting shoulder.

Chico took advantage of a slow start by Stanislaus, building an eight-point halftime lead that provided a big enough cushion for Chico to be victorious.

Land buried 12 of 15 shots from the field and was 2-4 from the three-point line. He netted seven of 11 from the free throw line as well. His 33 points were one shy of his career high of 34. Forward Daveris Hester shot 50 percent (3-6) from three-point range on his way to 19 points.

Chico State shot consistently well throughout the game. The Wildcats made 58 percent of their attempts in the last 20 minutes of the game after making 59 percent of their shots in the first half. Chico finished 30 for 51 from the floor (58.5 percent).

Despite Chico’s impressive shooting from the outside, free throws may have been the difference in the game. The Wildcats made 26 of their 34 free throw attempts as opposed to the Warriors’ poor showing at the line, just 19 of 34 tries. Brian Faulstich was perfect from the line (8-8) and also had 10 assists.

Chico was up by 13, at 72-59, with 6:10 to play, but Stanislaus staged a mini-run of 13-6 to pull within six with 1:40 remaining. Chico State then made three free throws to go back up by nine before Stanislaus pulled within six again with 55 seconds to play.

The Wildcats (7-6, 4-4 CCAA) answered by making 10 of their next 12 shots at the foul line for the win.

Jeff Davenport of Stanislaus finished with 22 points and eight rebounds and Ira Taylor had 19 points and seven assists. Jamal O’Quinn chipped in 16 points and McIntosh led all players with 12 rebounds. Stanislaus fell to 9-6, 4-4 on the season.

No. 22 Cal State Bakersfield wins 18th straight home game
(Jan. 17) Chico State (6-6, 3-4) could not do what the last 17 teams have attempted to do at Bakersfield: win.

The Cal State Bakersfield men's basketball team ran its current home winning streak to 18 games Friday night with a 93-79 win over Chico State at Centennial Garden in Bakersfield. CSUB's streak is the fourth longest in the nation.

The Roadrunners (10-2, 5-2 CCAA) never trailed in the game thanks to the hot shooting of senior guard Billy Speer, who scored the first six points of the game en route to a team-high 18-point performance.

The Wildcats found themselves staring at a 15-point halftime deficit, from which they could not recover. Chico’s 19 turnovers in the game led to 23 Bakersfield points.

Scott Land led the team with 22 points, shooting 8-14 from the field and 3-6 from the three-point line. Twenty of Land’s points were scored in the second half. Jason Van Eck chipped in with 14 points. Guard Brian Faulstich scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for Chico State.

CSUB led by as many as 22 points in the first half and by as many as 29 in the second half before Chico chipped away at the deficit against the 'Runner reserves.

Burries, Ray combine for 64 to bury Chico State
(Jan. 11) Bobby Burries scored a game-high 34 points and Lance Ray finished with 30 as Cal State San Bernardino finished a relatively close game with a 44-22 run in the final 15 minutes to beat host Chico State 108-77 Friday night at Acker Gymnasium.

It was the seventh straight victory on the season for San Bernardino, which improved to 7-4 overall and 5-1 in the CCAA. It was also the Coyotes' 10th straight victory over Chico State dating back to 1991. San Bernardino entered the weekend ranked No. 7 in the Western Region.

Chico State dipped to 6-5 overall and 3-3 in the CCAA. Scott Land paced the Wildcats with 19 points, but after hitting 8-of-10 3-pointers Friday night, he made just 2-of-10 against San Bernardino. Ben Perak finished with 15 points, Will Bonner notched 11, and Jason Van Eck chipped in 10.

Joining Burries and Ray in double-figures for San Bernardino was Jonathan Levy who finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Chico State actually led early in the and took its biggest of the night, 18-14, on Joel Hanafee's jumper. Ray tied the game 20-20 with a layup to spark a 12-1 run and Chico State never got closer than four points.

The Wildcats did cut San Bernardino's 14-point halftime advantage to six on Land's jumper with 18:02 to play, but that was as close as the Wildcats got.

Wildcats knock off West Region No. 4 Cal Poly Pomona
(Jan. 10) Scott Land matched his career high with eight 3-pointers and led all scorers with 30 points to lift the Chico State men's basketball team to a thrilling 88-84 upset of Cal Poly Pomona Friday night at Acker Gymnasium.

Land scored 20 of his points in the second half and Daveris Hester hit a huge 3-pointer, his first of the game, with 59 seconds left. Hester then hit two free throws with two seconds remaining to salt the game away. Brian Faulstich also hit three key free throws down the stretch and finished with 15 points, a career-high 10 assists, and eight rebounds. Ben Perak finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Chico State snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the CCAA. Cal Poly Pomona, ranked No, 4 in the Western Region, had its four-game winning streak snapped and dipped to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in the CCAA.

Jonathan Williams and David Sybesma led five Broncos in double-figures with 18 points apiece. Jeff Bonds and Ron Strange chipped in 12 points, and Guy Beahm came off the bench to score 11.

However, the Broncos couldn't overcome Chico State's hot shooting. The Wildcats shot 55-percent from the floor and 54-percent from 3-point range. Land led the way by hitting 10-of-14 shots, including 8-of-10 from downtown.

Chico State led for most of the game, but Cal Poly managed to tie the score 77-77 with 2:03 to play on Jeff Bonds' jumper. However, Perak hit a pair of free throws and Hester followed with a 3-pointer with 59 seconds left to give the Wildcats an 82-77 advantage.

Faulstich and Jason Van Eck followed a Bonds made free throw with made free throws of their own to stretch the lead to 84-78, but Williams quickly answered with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 84-81 with 16 seconds to play.

After a Bonds steal, he made two more free throws to make it 84-83 with 11 seconds remaining, but Faulstich calmly sank a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to make it 86-83. The Wildcats quickly fouled, forcing Williams to purposely miss the second free throw after making the first, and Ben Perak rebounded and passed to Hester to set up the game-clinching free throws.

The Wildcats host Cal State San Bernardino, the No. 7 team in the Western Region, Saturday night at 8 p.m. Cal Poly Pomona travels to take on UC Davis.

Chico State loses game to Sonoma and McCollum for season
(Jan. 4) Chico suffered two tough losses on Saturday night on Sonoma’s home court: a 74-61 loss due to a second half meltdown, and a season-ending collarbone injury to sophomore forward Travis McCollum.

Sonoma pulled away from a one-point halftime lead by outscoring Chico 49-37 in the second half.

McCollum was injured five minutes into the game when a Sonoma player threw an elbow that connected with his collarbone and finished his season prematurely.

Scott Land’s 19 points and Brian Faulstitch’s 13 points and eight assists led Chico, as its record fell to 5-4, 2-2.

Chico State drowns in The Swamp
(Jan. 3) The San Francisco Gators swallowed up Chico on its home court Friday night, 96-72. San Francisco built a 21-point halftime lead, and Chico could not mount a comeback.

Chico shot a dismal 38 percent from the field, including just 2-for-17 from three-point range, in the contest and also committed 28 turnovers.

Scott Land led the team with 20 points, and Jason Van Eck and Daveris Hester each had 15 points in the loss. Chico’s record drops to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the CCAA.

San Francisco’s DeAndre Walker had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. He was 4-for-8 from the three-point line in the game.

Second half rally sparks victory over UC Davis
(Dec. 29) Scott Land made two free throws with :08 left and the Wildcats held UC Davis without a field goal over the final 2:31 as Chico State defeated UC Davis, 70-67, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's contest in front of 1,730 Sunday afternoon at Rec Hall.

Chico State has now beaten UC Davis four straight times over the last two seasons and improves to 5-2 on the year, 2-0 in CCAA action. The Aggies drop to 3-4 overall, 0-2 in conference.

After trailing for the opening 28 minutes, Chico took its first lead at 49-47 following a Jason Van Eck layup. It capped an 11-0 run for the Wildcats over a 4:16 stretch as Van Eck scored eight of his team-high 15 points in that time.

There would be four more lead changes and four ties the rest of the way before Chico went ahead for good after two Narcippa Teague free throws with 5:47 left. UC Davis would keep the game close, as three times they closed to within one, but could not get the go-ahead basket even though the Wildcats went the final 3:01 without a field goal.

Trailing by one with 18 seconds remaining, Dominic Callori's running jumper as the shot clock ran down bounced off the back rim, giving Chico possession. Following two Van Eck free throws, the Aggies had another chance to even the score, but Callori was fouled and made the subsequent free throws before Land sealed the win with :08 left.

After holding a six-point lead at halftime, Aggie guard Justin Stearns came out blazing in the second half, scoring seven straight points as the Aggies built their lead back to 10 in the opening minutes. But the Wildcats bounced back thanks to a 15-5 run over the next 5:52 to tie the score at 51-51 with 11:04 left. Van Eck sparked the run, including a three that gave Chico its first lead of the game at 49-48.

From that point on the teams would trade leads as Ryan Moore kept the Aggies in the game, scoring 11 straight points and giving UC Davis its last lead at 58-56, with 7:05 remaining.

Van Eck's 15 points led four Wildcats in double figures as Brian Faulstich and Ben Perak each added 13 and Teague finished with 10. Perak and Bonner each grabbed eight boards to lead Chico, which held a 41-36 rebounding advantage on the night.

Stearns led the way for UC Davis, scoring a game-high 22 points, including 4-6 from three-point range. It marked his fourth 20-plus point effort of the season. Moore finished with 18 points and 11 boards while Callori added 12 points.

NAIA No. 1 Oregon Tech holds off Chico State
(Dec. 21) CHICO – The Chico State men's basketball team shot just 31 percent from the field and 46 percent from the free throw line as undefeated NAIA No. 1 Oregon Tech held off the Wildcats 71-64 Saturday night at Acker Gymnasium.

Chico State trailed by as many as 25 points in the second half but put together a furious rally before falling short. Scott Land led the Wildcats (4-2), who had won three straight coming in, with 22 points. Jason Van Eck chipped in 14 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in his first game of the season. Ben Perak grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds.

Kevin Baker led Oregon Tech (15-0) with 14 points, eight rebounds, and three blocked shots. Florian Houguet chipped in 13 points and four assists, and Alassane Bakayoko finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Wildcats missed 15 of their first 18 shots and never fully recovered. Land's hot second-half shooting almost brought the Wildcats back, but the rest of the team couldn't find the net. Land hit 7-of-11 shots en route to 18 second-half points. He finished the game 9-of-17 from the floor. Meanwhile, the rest of the Wildcats combined to hit just 25 percent (14-of-57) of their shots.

Oregon Tech's lead hovered around 10 points for much of the first half before the Owls used a 10-0 run in the final two minutes before intermission to stretch their lead to 39-20. Mike Hansen and Florian Houguet's 3-pointers keyed the run.

The Owls continued to increase their lead in the opening minutes of the second half and Baker's 3-pointer with 17:40 to play gave Oregon Tech it's biggest lead of the night, 49-24. The lead remained above 20 until Chico State point guard Brian Faulstich hit a 3-pointer with 9:56 to play to make it 56-38 and breath some life into the Wildcats.

Chico State responded with a 15-3 run, capped by Van Eck's 3-pointer, to climb back into the game. The Wildcats still faced a 59-50 deficit with 4:18 to play. That deficit proved to be too much to overcome. Oregon Tech held off the Wildcats over the next few minutes, and by the time Chico State cut the lead to 71-64, only 18 seconds remained.

The Wildcats will travel to take on UC Davis Dec. 29 and won't play at home again until Jan. 10 when they host Cal Poly Pomona.

Wildcats win big again to improve to 4-1
(Dec. 13) The Chico State men's basketball team is off to one of its best starts in recent history. Thanks to an 82-61 drubbing of visiting Holy Names College Friday night in Acker Gym, the Wildcats are off to their first 4-1 start since 1996. The Wildcats will attempt to go 5-1 for the first time since 1990 when they host Oregon Tech Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in their final non-conference game.

Against Holy Names, Chico State jumped out to a 15-3 lead behind point guard Joel Hanafee's hot start. Hanafee hit a 3-pointer to start the game and then notched five rebounds, two assists, and a steal during the run. The Wildcats took their largest lead of the first half when Brian Faulstich hit a jumper with three seconds before intermission to make it 44-23. Faulstich and Hanafee, who share time as the teams point guards, combined for nine assists and only two turnovers.

The Wildcats then put together a 24-5 run to start the second half to take their largest lead of the night. Travis McCollum's tip-in gave the Wildcats a 68-28 advantage with 12:12 remaining.

Despite limited minutes, Scott Land led the Wildcats with 14 points. Daveris Hester added 12 points, and McCollum chipped in 10 points and six rebounds. McCollum led a 39-point effort from Chico State's reserves. Andy Butcher added nine points and five rebounds off the bench.

Chris Romero led the winless Hawks (0-12) with 17 points, four assists, and three steals. Jason Hopper chipped in 10 points.

Wildcats get most lopsided victory since 1998
(Dec. 10) Scott Land came off the bench to score 21 points in just 13 minutes of action and his replacement in the starting lineup, Conor Hulburt, chipped in 16 points in his first start of the season as the Chico State University men's basketball team dismantled visiting Bethany 102-64 Tuesday night in Acker Gymnasium. It was Chico State's largest margin of victory since an 88-39 victory over Simpson College in 1998.

The Wildcats, now 3-1, outrebounded the short-handed Bruins 55-33 and nailed 11 of their 21 attempts from beyond the arc. Land led the way in that category, hitting 5-of-6 3-pointers. Bethany, which was led by T.J. Atterberry's 23 point and 10 rebound effort, fell to 2-7 with the loss.

Chico State opened the game with a 9-0 run, capped by Joel Hanafee's 3-pointer, and remained in control throughout. The Wildcats stretched out their lead throughout the first half, and Narcippa Teague's layup with 25 seconds to play before intermission gave Chico State its biggest lead of the first half, 48-23.

The Wildcats opened the second half with a 10-3 run to stretch the lead to 58-26 and kept the lead above 30 points for the duration.

The lopsided nature of the game allowed all 13 Wildcats to see significant playing time and many took advantage. Teague and Jason Beyer each came up one rebound short of a double-double, scoring 10 and 11 points, respectively. Travis McCollum came off the bench to chip in six points, eight rebounds, and three assists.

Cornelius Hogans notched 20 points and six assists for Bethany, and Drew Brause added 11 points.

Chico State is back in action Friday night at home against Holy Names. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Chico State men sign high school senior for 2003-04 season
CHICO, CA - The Chico State men's basketball team is looking to strengthen its inside game by signing West Valley High School center Shane Bradley to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period.

Bradley, a 6-foot-9 senior from Cottonwood, Calif, near Redding, will join the Wildcats in the 2003-04 season, after completing his senior year. As a junior at West Valley, Shane averaged 10.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

“We are very excited about having Shane Bradley become part of our basketball program at Chico State next fall, said head coach Puck Smith. Shane is a big guy who can run and jump and has the potential to be an outstanding player in our conference.

Chico State beats UC Davis for third straight time
(Dec. 7) The Chico State men's basketball team held visiting UC Davis to one field goal and four points in the final 8:10 of the game to key a 70-65 victory Saturday night in front of 1,647 at Acker Gymnasium.

The Wildcats actually trailed 52-42 with 14:24 to play, but finished the game on a 28-13 run to earn the victory in the CCAA opener for both teams. Chico State improved to 2-1 overall, while UC Davis fell to 2-3. It was the third straight time the Wildcats beat the Aggies.

Ben Perak led the Wildcats with 15 points and Daveris Hester added 13. Scott Land and Andy Butcher chipped in 10 points apiece for Chico State.

Dominic Callori led all players with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Moore finished with 21 points, and Justin Stearns added 10.

Narcippa Teague came off the bench to key the Wildcats' comeback, scoring all six of his points during a 9-0 run in which Chico State cut the deficit to 52-51. After UC Davis' Callori hit a jumper to quell the rally, Joel Hanafee hit a 3-pointer to take the lead from the Aggies for the first time since Chico State led 10-9.

However, Chico State could not grab the lead until Hester's jumper with 4:23 to play made it 64-63. After Perak's free throw, Callori missed a chance to tie the game when he missed the second of two free throws.

The Wildcats stayed in control from that point on.

Hester hit a pair of free throws with 1:17 left to make it 67-64 and added a jumper with 23 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a 69-64 lead and effectively put the game away.

The Wildcats are back in action Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. when they host Bethany College. Chico State and UC Davis will butt heads again Sunday, Dec. 29 in Davis in the next CCAA contest for both squads.

No. 5 Humboldt State pulls away late to beat Chico State
(Nov. 30) Tournament MVP Austin Nichols led all scorers with 29 points and Fred Hooks finished with 13 points and 19 rebounds as the Humboldt State University men's basketball team defeated host Chico 87-69 in the finale of the 43rd annual Mac Martin Invitational Basketball Tournament. Humboldt State, which improved to 3-0, was ranked No. 5 in the preseason NCAA Division II basketball poll.

The game was close throughout until Humboldt State went on a 12-2 run in the game's final three minutes to stretch its lead to the largest of the night. Nichols, who set a tournament record with 57 points in the two-day affair, scored five points during the run.

Chico State, which fell to 1-1, shot just 32-percent from the field. Still, the Wildcats led on three separate occasions in the first half and kept the game within single-digits for much of the second half before Humboldt State took control at the end.

Scott Land finished with 22 points to lead the Wildcats and Ben Perak chipped in 11. Point guard Brian Faulstich turned in another solid performance with five points, 10 rebounds, and five assists.

However, the inside presence of Hooks and the shooting prowess of Nichols were too much for the Wildcats to handle. Hooks broke a pair of tournament records by finishing the two days with 30 rebounds and five blocks. All five of his blocks came Saturday, and his presence clearly affected the shooting of Chico State's post players, who shot a combined 9-of-34 and accounted for only 24 points.

It was Chico State's 3-point shooting that cost the Wildcats dearly, however. The Wildcats hit just 6-of-30 from downtown.

Humboldt State did much of its damage from the free throw line where the Lumberjacks connected on 25-of-28 attempts. Chico State, on the other hand, was just 11-of-13.

Four players reached double-figures for Humboldt State. Joining Nichols and Hooks in that category were Kaylin Thornton, who scored 14, and Jeremy Robinson, who chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds.

Westmont hammers Dominican
Mitch Gulley scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Westmont College used a 24-6 run midway through the second half to defeat Dominican University 69-56 Saturday night in the third game of the 43rd annual Mac Martin Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Gulley's dunk gave Westmont (3-2) its largest lead of the game, 65-42, with a breakaway slam dunk. Dominican (4-5) never got closer in losing its fifth straight game.

David Moore paced Dominican with 12 points.

Chico State men win season opener in 43rd Mac Martin
(Nov. 29) Scott Land had a game-high 23 points and the Chico State men's basketball team shot 50-percent from the field as the Wildcats beat Dominican University 73-64 in their season opener Friday night. It was the second game of the 43rd annual Mac Martin Invitational basketball tournament. In Friday night's opening game, Humboldt State defeated Westmont College 76-69 in overtime.

Against Chico State, Dominican (4-4) dropped its fourth-straight game after opening the season 4-0, including a win against UC Davis. However, David Moore's 20-point effort was not enough for the Penguins, who fell behind midway through the first half and never regained the lead.

Daveris Hester came off the bench to give the Wildcats a big lift with 13 points and seven rebounds. Ben Perak chipped in 10 points, and point guard Brian Faulstich tallied nine points and eight assists.

Dominican led during much of the early going, but Chico State took a 19-18 lead on Jason Beyer's two free throws and never looked back. That was the beginning of a 14-1 run keyed by the Chico State bench that left the Wildcats leading 31-19. Dominican cut the lead to 35-29 on two free throws by David Moore, but Scott Land's bucket with seven seconds remaining in the half stretched it back out to 37-29 at intermission.

In the second half, Dominican cut the lead to two on three separate occasions, but couldn't get over the hump. The last time, after Maury Brown's jumper made it 47-45, the Wildcats seemingly salted it away with a 7-2 run. But Dominican again battled back and cut the lead to 54-51 on Brown's fastbreak layup.

Chico State finally put the game away after that. Two free throws and a layup by Ben Perak keyed a 6-0 run capped by Land's bucket that made it 60-51 with 4:21 remaining. The Penguins never got closer than six after that as the Wildcats made 7-of-10 free throws down the stretch.

Chico takes on No. 5 Humboldt State at 8:00 on Saturday, preceded by the Dominican University, Westmont College game at 6:00.

Humboldt State nips Westmont in overtime
Austin Nichols nailed a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and then gave Humboldt State the lead for good with the first bucket of overtime as Lumberjacks beat Westmont 76-69 in overtime.

Nichols led all scorers with 28 points as Humboldt State, ranked No. 5 in the preseason NCAA Division II rankings, improved to 2-0.

Westmont, now 2-2, was ranked No. 2 in the preseason NAIA rankings. Chris Clark led Westmont with 24 points.

Wildcats lose exhibition to D-I opponent
(Nov. 16) University of the Pacific dealt the Chico State men's basketball team a foul start to the 2002-03 season, beating the visiting Wildcats 87-75 in an exhibition game on Saturday in Stockton.

They got us down early, then we battled back, coach Puck Smith said. They were much bigger than us.

The Wildcats fell behind by as much as 22 points in the second half before narrowing the lead to eight points at the end of the game.

Sophomore Scott Land scored 22 points, while freshman guard Brian Faulstich had 14, including 4-for-5 3-point shooting, and Travis McCollum, a sophomore, had 10 points. Sophomore center Will Bonner led all players with 10 rebounds and dealt out a team-high five assists.

Miah Davis led Pacific (2-0) with 23 points, helping his team take a 41-28 halftime lead.

Pacific shot 27-for-43 at the free throw line, while Chico was 7-for-10.