By Kiro Guirguis |Staff Writer|
The Coyotes men’s basketball team split their games last weekend defeating Cal State Stanislaus, and losing in overtime to Chico State on Feb. 8.
The team are now ranked 17 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll after winning 77-75 at Cal State Stanislaus and losing 86-82 at Chico State.
The Coyotes have continuously fought to win their road games in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and have proved to be successful again against the Stanislaus Warriors.
The team played aggressively both nights and made significant strives for success during their away games.
Senior Lacy Haddock lead the Coyotes Saturday night against the Warriors with 17 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals during his forty minutes of play.
Senior Kirby Gardner also helped push the team forward making 14 points during his 26 minutes of play.
Offensively, the team performed well and it showed on the scoreboard.
The Coyotes controlled the pace of the game throughout the night and were able to hold a lead until the end.
Free-throw shooting was an evident problem in the Warriors offense. The team shot 14 of 27 from the line allowing the Coyotes to capitalize.
With eight seconds left on the clock, Jordan Burris in-bounded the ball to Haddock, who was then immediately fouled.
Haddock made one of two free-throws to put the score at 77-75 before senior Clinton Tremelling missed a three-point field goal with five seconds left in the game.
The Coyotes played strong and consistent during Sunday night’s game against the Chico State Wildcats, but suffered a loss during overtime.
Senior Jordan Burris lead the Coyotes scoring 31 points against the Wildcats, which is currently the highest amount of points scored in the last five seasons by a Coyote.
Burris also broke his previous season high of 29 points on Sunday night.
Senior Andrew Young scored 15 points during his 31 minutes of play against the Wildcats.
Amir Carraway was fouled by Gardner on a three-point attempt with ten seconds left in regulation.
Carraway made all three from the line sending the Wildcats into overtime.
Burris explains how the teams loss was an unfortunate one but they were able to play a good game and how the team was able to play whole heartedly.
“It was a tough loss, but we did some things well. We scored the ball well and our offense was strong. Also, I feel like we as a team showed a lot of heart battling a good team, but we aren’t after moral victories. Our defense and rebounding has to improve,” said Burris.
Free-throw shooting was not on the Coyotes’ side during the second half.
After shooting 4 of 4 during the first period, the Coyotes only made 12 of 21 for the rest of the game.
Burris explains some of his concerns with how the team is able to make some improvements with their game would be the free throw shots could use some work.
“Personally and collectively we need to make free throws. That was a very winnable game that we let slip away, but we will continue to work on these things in practice and we will be better in those areas this weekend,” said Burris.
The team looks forward to finishing the remainder of the season on a strong note before entering the playoffs.
The Coyotes will play Sonoma State University and San Francisco State University Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Coussoulis Arena.