The CMS Stags defeated the California Lutheran Kingsmen 57-47 at Ducey Gym on Wednesday. The win improved the Stags' record to 12-8 overall while keeping them on top of the SCIAC with an 8-2 record. The loss drops the Kingsmen to 10-11 and 4-6 in the conference.
The Kingsmen controlled the pace for most of the first half thanks to 16 points from the SCIAC's leading scorer, Greg Grimm. They cruised to a seven point halftime lead of 35-28. Remy Pinson (FR, Rye, NY) had 11 for the Stags and made two of three shots from downtown in the first half.
In the second half the Stags defense controlled the game. Tyler Gaffaney (FR, Mill Valley) did a terrific job on the defensive end of rendering Grimm relatively nonexistent in the second half. The Stags held the Kingsmen to only 12 points in the half by dominating the rebounding battle thanks in large part to Patrick Lacey (SR, Orangevale) and Joseph Anderson (JR, Lafayette) who had seven and eight rebounds respectively.
With ten minutes remaining in the second half and the game tied, Kevin Sullivan (SO, Beaverton, OR [pictured]) nailed three straight three pointers to take the lead and put the game out of reach. From there, the Stags rolled easily as Sullivan finished with a team-high 14 points, joining the aforementioned Gaffaney and Pinson as the only Stags with double figure points.
This was an important win to get the Stags back on track after dropping two of their last three games. With only four games left in the conference schedule the Stags will try to remain on the top of the SCIAC standings in hopes of securing a number one seed heading into the conference tournament. The Stags' next game will be Saturday, February 12 at home against La Verne, tip off around 7:00 pm.