Cougars Earn First CCAA Win Over Chico State, 67-61

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. – The Cal State San Marcos men’s basketball team came from behind to defeat Chico State by a score of 67-61 and earned its first California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) victory of the season on Saturday afternoon at The Sports Center.

TOP PERFORMERS
Bryce Sloan – 20 points | 8-of-10 field goals
Khalil Fuller – 19 points | 8 rebounds
Darae Elliott – 13 points | 10 rebounds
Dalton Soffer – 8 points | 6 rebounds | 3 assists

HOW IT HAPPENED •The Cougars trailed 38-29 to Chico State at halftime despite finishing with a higher field-goal percentage (37.9 – 36.8).
•CSUSM opened the second half with a 13-4 run to even the score at 42-42 on a pair of free throws by JR Williams.
•Elliott’s layup at 11:51 gave the Cougars their first lead of the game at 46-45.
•Once the Cougars got on top, they went on a 10-2 run to take a 56-47 lead at the 6:32 mark.
•CSUSM took its largest lead of the game at 62-50 after a layup by Fuller with 2:09 remaining.

FAST BREAKS •The Cougars improve to 4-11 (1-8 CCAA) while Chico State drops to 4-5 (3-5 CCAA).
•The Wildcats knocked down 10 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes and finished with 15 for the game.
•From the 9:32 mark in the first half to 5:20 in the second half, CSUSM went on a 43-18 run.
•Elliott tallied his team-leading fifth double-double of the season.
•Sloan’s 20 points were his second most of the season.
•The Cougars tied for their most rebounds of the season with 41.
•Chico’s 61 points were the fewest by a CSUSM opponent this season.

.@CSUSM_MBB Head Coach B.J. Foster breaks down first win in the new year! #BleedBlue4Decade2 #goCCAA #NCAAD2 pic.twitter.com/kX2luntQ5w
– CSUSM Athletics (@CSUSMcougars) January 6, 2019

.@CSUSM_MBB Khalil Fuller shares how it feels to get first CCAA win the season! #BleedBlue4Decade2 #goCCAA #NCAAD2 pic.twitter.com/Lam2vIUyAF
– CSUSM Athletics (@CSUSMcougars) January 6, 2019

UP NEXT
CSUSM hits the road for the next four games, beginning with a stop at Stanislaus State on Thursday, Jan. 10. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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