By Kiara Paul |Asst. Sports Editor|
Coyote men’s basketball suffered a close loss to the Cal State San Marcos Cougars on Feb. 20.
The Cougars beat the Coyotes by only six points, the final score 86-80.
The first-half began with a foul by Coyote Desi Barmore against Cougar Darnell Taylor; Taylor stepped up to the free-throw line and made both free throws, which gave the Cougars the lead to start the game.
The Cougars completed a layup shortly after the first two points, but the Coyotes fired back with a 3-pointer by Keith Smith.
The Coyotes trailed behind as the Cougars completed layups and jump shots one after the next.
Coyote Barmore committed a technical foul against Cougar Akachi Okugo.
Okugo approached the free-throw line and made all three throws.
Barmore then fouled Okugo yet again. Okugo and Taylor completed both free throws.
The Coyotes picked up the pace toward the end of the half.
Coyote Juan Martinez shot a good layup, bringing the score to 33-30.
Martinez then gave the team the 3-pointer they needed, which brought the score to 33-33.
Martinez brought the Coyotes into the lead with two free throws.
The first-half ended with the Coyotes ahead by one point.
The Coyotes would not keep the lead for long; the beginning of the second-half started off with a tip in by Cougar Declan Daly.
Cougar Taran Brown then threw a 3-pointer, putting them in the lead once again.
The two teams soon tied again when Coyote Darryl Adigwu dunked the ball, making the score 45-45.
The Coyotes and Cougars played neck and neck until the very end of the game.
The Coyotes did not keep up, however.