Humboldt State University Athletics
Cal State San Marcos
2/15/2018 | 7:30 P.M.
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TURLOCK, Calif. – The Humboldt State men’s basketball team overcame a 20-point halftime deficit to defeat Stanislaus State 81-78 Saturday night in Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena.The Lumberjacks, inspired by a halftime speech from Romario Wilson, scored 59 points in the second half to rally for a pivotal road win. The win was HSU’s third straight after it swept two home games last weekend, and ran its record to 9-15 overall, 6-12 CCAA. Stanislaus State fell to 15-9, 10-8 conference.”I am so proud of these guys being able to overcome such a deficit and an emotionally draining first half,” said Head Coach Steve Kinder. “To come back showed a lot of character and a lot of toughness.”The game saw HSU fall behind 9-0 early before a pair of Jack Kaub free throws broke the ice. But the Warriors kept coming, forging a 16-4 lead at the 14:12 mark. The Jacks cut the deficit to five at 22-17 with 7:40 remaining, but saw Stanislaus State go on a 14-3 run to close the half and go up 42-22.HSU’s deficit was deflating, but Wilson provided the spark the team needed at intermission.”I can’t take any credit for the halftime speech, it goes to Romario Wilson,” said Kinder. “He did a great job motivating us and inspiring us to believe we could win. It was solely him. He did a tremendous job having a backbone when everyone else in the room was flat. Coach Mendoza had nice motivational words at each media timeout saying ‘we’re chipping away, we’re chipping away’ That is the only way we could tackle the elephant that was in front of us.”Humboldt tried to chip away at the Warrior advantage in the second half, but the home team maintained a 20-point lead until the 15:27 mark. HSU reeled …