Strong Second Half Lifts CSUSM over CSUDH

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CARSON, Calif. – The Cal State San Marcos men’s basketball team defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills, 93-77, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) conference game on Sunday night.

CSUSM trailed by a point, 36-35, at halftime but shot 64.29 percent going 18-of-28 in the second half to help outscore CSUDH 58-41 in last 20 minutes of play to secure the win.

The Cougars improve to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in CCAA play while the Toros drop to 5-8, 2-4 CCAA.

Senior Ethan Alvano finished with a team-high 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe while collecting six steals and playing a game-high 39 minutes. Junior Dalton Soffer totaled 16 points and made four 3-pointers while seniors Josh Spiers and Brian Wright finished with 14 points and 11 points, respectively. Senior Joe Boyd recorded his fifth overall and second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the game.

CSUSM dominated many categories including, points in the paint (44-12), points off turnovers (22-8) and the rebounding battle (38-36).

The Toros’ Deshay Gipson recorded a game-high 42 points after going 12-of-20 from the field including nine 3-pointers (9-of-14) in 35 minutes played.

The Cougars will be back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 19 as they head on the road to take on CCAA opponent Cal State L.A. at 7:30 p.m.

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Terry
North County resident for three decades. Community activist, Board of Directors Vista Chamber of Commerce, married to Kathy Woods for 42 years, three children, three grandchildren and seven fur babies.

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