Despite giving it their all, the CSUSB men’s basketball team went down in both games on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16.
The Coyotes played the Wildcats of CSU Chico and the Warriors of CSU Stanislaus.
The team traveled to CSU Chico to play the Wildcats in the first of two road games.
In the first half, the Coyotes started off strong, keeping the game close but toward the end of the half, the Wildcats began to pull away.
The team shot 33 percent from the three-point line and had a 30 percent field goal percentage in the first.
Leading the way was junior point guard Juan Martinez with 10 points and junior combo guard Lacy Haddock with seven points to follow.
The Coyotes went into halftime trailing the Wildcats 40-32.
They started off the second half a little sluggish but later on in the half picked up their game.
The team ended up shooting better in the second half making 40 percent of their shots compared to the 30 percent that the team shot in the first half.
Senior forward Kwame Alexander led scorers in the second half with 14 points and junior guard Brian Goins scored seven points.
The game was close, but the Coyotes couldn’t quite pull out the win, losing the game 64-61.
Saturday, the Coyotes traveled to Stanislaus to take on the Warriors and look to bounce back from the loss the night before.
In the first half, the Coyotes started slow and the Warriors jumped out to an early lead.
The Coyotes shot 42 percent from the field but the problem of the first half was having five turnovers.
Haddock helped the Coyotes in the first half, scoring 11 points and Alexander was behind him with six.
Alexander later had to come out of the game due to foul trouble.
The Coyotes trailed the Warrior 44-33 going into halftime.
In the second half, the Coyotes came out and had a mission in trying to overcome this deficit of 11 points.
They got help from junior guard Joshua Gouch who scored eight points and Haddock continued his good play scoring another seven points.
The team ended up shooting a season low of 27 percent in the second half and 50 percent from the free throw line.
The Coyotes suffered a loss to the Warriors by the score of 82-61.
The next two games will be their last of the regular season at home on Feb. 28 and Mar. 1.
Friday’s game will be against the Gators of CSU San Francisco and Saturday the Coyotes will take on the Seawolves of Sonoma State University.
These are two important games they would need to win to gain momentum going into the Division II tournament in March.
The CSUSB men’s basketball team currently has a record of 15-6.