Chico State Men's Basketball cruises by Pacific Union 87-61

Chico State Men's Basketball advances to 4-0 on the season with a 87-61 win over Pacific Union. The Wildcats' prolific offense and relentless second half defense helped them to their best start since 2010.

Posted: Nov 23, 2021 10:27 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico State Men's Basketball cruised by Pacific Union 87-61, advancing to 4-0 on the season.

That's the Wildcat's first time starting 4-0 since 2010. 

Chico State has now played Pacific Union eight times. The Wildcats have never lost. 

The Wildcats offense got off to a quick start. Joshua Hamilton lobbed it up for Kelvin Wright who slammed it down. That statement dunk gave Chico State an early six-point lead.

It shot 60% from the field in the first half, 56% overall.

Senior Guard Kevin Warren finished with a team-high 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting and seven rebounds. Four other players also scored in double digits. Guards Joshua Hamilton and Colby Orr had 11 points apiece. Forwards Kelvin Wright Jr. and Malik Duffy both had 10 points. 

The Wildcats defense wasn't as strong to start. 

Chico State only forced three first-half turnovers.

Pacific Union shot well in the first half, 45% from the field and 39% from deep. Freshman Jordan Lopez scored 16 points, on a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range. 

The Wildcats flipped a switch in the second half, using a size advantage to their advantage. The Wildcats allowed just 25 second-half points, three of those from Lopez. They also outrebounded the Pioneers by 20 and tallied 10 blocks in the game. 

Now Chico State turns its attention to conference play. It plays Stanislaus State on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. 

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