Sonoma State records stunner
French scores 19 points as Seawolves lead by as much as 28
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. -- Sonoma State finished the season with a stunning 73-53 upset of No. 15 Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday at The Wolves' Den. The Seawolves end their 2010-11 campaign with a 11-15 overall record and 9-13 mark in the CCAA, finishing ninth in the conference standings. The Toros (20-6, 16-6 CCAA) head into next week's CCAA Championship Tournament as the No. 2 seed and face Chico State in the opening round.
It was the first time that Sonoma State defeated a ranked opponent since topping 13th-ranked Central Washington in an 81-74 win on Nov. 28, 2008.
The Seawolves led from start to finish, jumping out to a 16-6 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half. The Toros got to within six points at 18-12 at the 9:47 mark, but it would be as close as they would get. Sonoma State extended its lead to 13 points, taking a 35-22 advantage on two free throws by Will Olsem with three seconds left in the first half. However, CSUDH's Rashad Bias sent the Toros into the locker room trailing by 10 points on a buzzer-beater from half court.
The SSU lead would remain in double-digits and expand to as much as 28 points at 71-43 with 2:55 left in the game.
Senior Matthew French had an impressive game, despite picking up two quick fouls early in the contest. He lead all scorers with 19 points on 8 of 15 shooting from the floor.
Senior Mike Nelson dropped in 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range, including four before halftime.
Sonoma State hit 50 percent (26 of 52) from the field, while holding Cal State Dominguez Hills to 40 percent (20 of 50). The Seawolves hit 10 3-pointers (of 26).
Rashad Bias came off the bench to score 13 points, the only Toro in double figures.