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Golden Eagles have hot-shooting night in big win

Roderick Evans-Taylor (right) with the fade away _ Cal State LA Athletics

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Roderick Evans-Taylor (right) with the fade away _ Cal State LA Athletics

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Cal State LA’s men’s basketball team was in good form Friday night in its California Collegiate Athletic Association rematch against Cal State East Bay.

The Golden Eagles shot 56 percent for the game and was a sizzling 27-of-30 from the free-throw line in an important 90-80 win over the Pioneers in University Gym. Cal State LA (9-10, 5-6 CCAA) avenged an earlier 86-84 loss to Cal State East Bay (11-7, 4-6 CCAA) in Hayward.

Jordan Wilson had 21 points to lead four Golden Eagles in double figures. Travis Hammonds added 20 points, five rebounds and four assists, Roderick Evans-Taylor had a big 10-point, 14-rebound double-double and Geoffrey Frid had 10 points and six rebounds.

Jalen Richard had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Cal State East Bay, while Micah Dunhour led the Pioneers in scoring with 21 points.

Garrett Carter had nine points and two rebounds.

The Golden Eagles shot 59.1 percent in the first half while jumping out to a 39-30 halftime lead. Cal State LA led by as many as 17 points in the second half.

For the game, Cal State LA was 28-of-50 from the floor and 7-of-17 from 3-point range. Cal State East Bay was 27-of-69 for the game (39.1 percent) and 12-of-36 from 3-point range (33.3 percent). Cal State LA was 27-of-30 from the free-throw line (90 percent), while Cal State East Bay was 14-of-19.

Cal State LA had a 40-28 rebounding edge, but also committed 18 turnovers to 11 for the Pioneers.

The Golden Eagles never trailed after taking an 8-7 lead on a basket by Wilson. A three-point lead by Carter opened up a 24-17 edge for the Golden Eagles, but Cal State East Bay closed to within one point, 29-28. The Golden Eagles responded by going on a 10-2 run to close the half. Hammonds hit a layup, Joshua Hopkins made a pair of free throws, Hammonds hit another jumper, Evans-Taylor scored on a layup and Hammonds made a layup to give the Golden Eagles a 39-30 halftime lead.

Wilson opened the second half by hitting a 3-pointer to give the Golden Eagles a 42-30 lead and Cal State LA opened up its biggest lead at 56-39 with 12:34 to go after a pair of free throws by Wilson. Cal State East Bay pulled to within seven points at 79-72 with 2:56 remaining, but couldn’t get any closer. A layup by Hopkins and a dunk by Evans-Taylor off a lob from Wilson put the game out of reach.

Cal State LA will return to action on Saturday with a home game against Cal State Monterey Bay.

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