Bench propels Sonoma State
Four reserve players score in double figures as Seawolves win
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. --- Will Olsem came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, as Sonoma State earned an 80-75 upset of 16th-ranked Humboldt State on Saturday. The win by the Seawolves (4-6, 2-4 CCAA) snapped a four-game skid against the Lumberjacks (7-3, 3-3 CCAA).
It was the Sonoma State bench that did the majority of the damage against nationally-ranked Humboldt State, as 63 of SSU's 80 points came from Saturday's non-starters. Olsem (18), Justin Herold (14), Jason Walter (13) and Sterling Arterberry (13) led the Seawolves, who overcame four ties and 10 lead changes in the ballgame.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Metro State 79, Western State 64|
|No. 10 Tarleton State 85, Dallas Christian 41|
|Sonoma State 80, No. 16 Humboldt State 75|
|No. 20 Alaska Anchorage 85, Northwestern Nazarene 62|
Arterberry was a monster on the glass; he came down with a team-high 10 rebounds, recording his first double-double this season. As a team, Sonoma State torched the nets at 48.0 percent, hitting 24 of 50 shots from the floor, including 6 of 15 from beyond the arc.
For Humboldt State, Randy Hunter led the 'Jacks with 16 points, complemented by Brandon Sperling (15 points), Scott Clark (11) and Matt Lipski (11). It was the stifling Seawolf defense that kept HSU shooting just 33.3 percent (20-60). SSU also forced HSU into 12 turnovers, scoring 16 points off those miscues.
Neither team led by more than four points until a free throw by Patrick Scott at the 5:49 mark of the first half gave Sonoma State a five-point lead at 27-22. The lead would stretch to eight on a couple of occasions, including a 3-pointer by Olsem and a dunk by Herold. Herold's jam would put SSU up 33-25 with 4:01 to play in the opening period. The teams would trade baskets, but Humboldt State eventually cut the lead to one point (36-35) on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Ethan Dillard at halftime.
Humboldt State used that momentum out of the break, scoring six conseucitve points to open the second half, forcing a Sonoma State time out. Another 3-pointer by Olsem snapped the scoring streak and got the Seawolves within one at 40-39. Again, both squads would battle back and forth until Sonoma State finally broke free, going on a 7-0 run late in the half to lead 61-53 with 7:06 remaining in the game.
It seemed the momentum continued on SSU's side, despite HSU's late comeback attempt that saw the Lumberjacks within four points on three different occasions including a pair of free throws by Hunter to get Humboldt down 76-72 with 1:07 left.
Walter nailed a couple of free shots with 30 seconds left to put Sonoma up 78-72, but a three pointer by Sperling with 17 ticks left got the 'Jacks to within three at 78-75. It would be as close as they would get.