No. 7 Cal State San Marcos Pounds No. 6 Westmont
Story by Matt Berson, Cal State San Marcos Sports Information
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The No. 7 Cal State San Marcos men's basketball team shot nearly 60 percent from the field and made 13-of-22 3-pointers in a 95-58 pounding of No. 6 Westmont (Calif.) on Thursday night at Murchison Gymnasium.
Quincy Lawson led the way with 18 points, Jacob Ranger had 17, AJ Gasporra pitched in 15 and Danny Redmon added 14, as the Cougars (21-4) earned their 13th victory in a row and 16th in their last 17 games.
The Cougars are now 5-1 against NAIA top 25 teams and 4-0 against teams in the top 10. CSUSM previously beat Westmont (then No. 5), 66-52, earlier this season on Dec. 19 at MiraCosta College.
The teams traded the lead out of the gate, but CSUSM went on a 14-0 run spanning 4:08 late in the first half to open up a 37-25 lead with 3:53 remaining. Lawson capped off the half with a dunk to put the Cougars up by 13 at the break.
A 12-0 run out of the gate put CSUSM up 23 on Redmon's layup at the 16:35 mark. Gasporra hit a 3-pointer before Ranger hit back-to-back treys to make it 74-41. Jose Rivera and Gasporra then traded 3's to make it 84-46 with 7:55 left.
CSUSM shot 69 percent in the second half and finished at a 59.4% clip for the game. The Warriors went just 1-of-14 from behind the arc.
CSUSM travels north to play UC Santa Cruz on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.