By Brandon Landrum |Staff Writer|
The Coyotes suffered a defeat to the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos 68-88 on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The newly seventh ranked Coyote’s men’s basketball team hosted the 23rd ranked Broncos.The game was played in front of a record-setting crowd of about 4,500 people in the Coussoulis Arena as part of the Pack the House night.
The Pack the House night is an event that takes place every year to fill the arena to capacity.
This year, the crowd brought a lot of energy and excitement to the game. The Coyotes got off to a slow start, shooting only 26 percent from the field, which ultimately led to their downfall.
The aggressive defense from the Broncos caused the Coyotes to struggle on the offensive end.
The Broncos got the best of the Coyotes with their rebounds.
The Broncos grabbed 28 rebounds in the first half compared to the Coyotes, who only grabbed six rebounds.
Leading into the half, senior guard Kirby Gardener led the Coyotes with 10 points and senior forward Andrew Young contributed another six points.
At the end of the first half, the Coyotes trailed 24-46, leaving the hopes of the Coyotes down in the dumps.
This was the largest halftime deficit the Coyotes have faced at home in 19 years.
In the second half, the Coyotes looked to fight their way back into the game by making some adjustments on both ends of the ball, coming together as a team, and finding ways to score and grab rebounds.
The crowds hopes began to go down and the fans began to file out early.
Despite the Coyotes giving it their all, the result was unfortunately a loss.
At the end of the game, Gardener led the Coyotes with 17 points and senior guard Jordan Burris followed up with 12 points.
With the loss to the Broncos, the Coyotes ended their 16 game winning streak. The loss was a complete tragedy, not only in losing their streak, but becoming their first loss since November.
The loss moved the Coyotes five spots down to become the 12th ranked team in the nation. In the CCAA conference both the Coyotes and Broncos are tied for first place with a 13-1 conference record.
With eight games remaining in the regular season, the Coyotes look to start a new winning streak and win out the rest of the season.
The next two games for the Coyotes will be on the road as they play against the Pioneers of Cal State University, East Bay on Friday, then travel down to Monterey Bay to play against the Otters of Cal State University, Monterey Bay.
After Saturday night’s game, the Coyotes overall record is 16-2.