By Kiara Paul |Staff Writer|
Coyote men’s basketball lost against the California Polytechnic State University Mustangs in a back and forth battle, Nov. 5, 2015.
Although this was an exhibition game, it was still tough for the Coyotes to lose.
The first period begun with a shot by Mustang David Nwaba as well as a three-pointer by Joel Awich, which gave the Mustangs at a five-point lead.
The Coyotes were bound and determined as they made their way to the hoop. Zeke DeBlase attempted a three-pointer, but missed the shot.
Coyotes redeemed themselves with a rebound and tip-in by Phil Reed, the Coyotes now only three points behind the Mustangs.
A foul by Reed allowed Nwaba to shoot a free throw, resulting in another point for the Mustangs.
The Coyotes were strong-willed as they made their way down the court.
Coyote Brandon Staton attempted a three-pointer, but missed the hoop.
A few moments later, Jarion Henry attempted a lay-up, unable to make it into the hoop.
As the frustration of missed shots lingered, Coyote Aaron Cheatum made his way toward the basket.
As Mustangs blocked his access for a lay-up, Cheatum stopped on a dime and completed a jump-shot.
The game continued on, the Coyotes down by six points.
At one point the Coyotes caught up, almost bringing the game to a tie. This was the only time in the entire game that the Coyotes came close to tying with the Mustangs.
The game was 15-8. The Coyotes seemed to be down on their luck until Juan Martinez shot a three-pointer, which brought the game to 15-11.
The Coyotes continued with another three-pointer by Cheatum, the game now 15-14.
The rest of the first period was tough for the Coyotes and the Mustangs kept the lead until the end. The first half wrapped up with the Mustangs in the lead, 44-36.
The second half began with a lay-up by Henry, which brought about a new sense of hope for the Coyotes.
Still the struggle continued for the Coyotes as the Mustangs completed two lay-ups and one dunk.
The Coyotes were behind by 12 points as the pressure continued to mount.
Coyotes missed a jump-shot, then a three-pointer, and another jump-shot. The Mustangs snuck in a dunk by Nwaba, the score now 52-38.
Then Coyote Jordan Williams made a shot. Williams made his way down the court to the hoop and went for a lay-up, which brought the Coyotes up two points.
The Mustangs maintained their attack against the Coyotes, Mustangs racked up the points and remained in the lead.
As the game came down to an end, the Coyotes were still 11 points down.
A jump-shot brought the Coyotes two more points, but were not enough to bring them close to winning.
The Mustangs won 73-60.