By Abdiel Aguayo | Staff Writer
Coming off three straight wins, the Coyotes men’s basketball team lost two in a row to end January.
The Coyotes took on the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos and the Humboldt State Lumberjacks.
The Coyotes had a slow start on Jan. 28 against the Broncos as Cal Poly would not let the Coyotes take the lead.
The Broncos remain undefeated at home after making this their ninth straight home win.
The Coyotes scored 18 points in the first half, only making three successful shots.
The remaining points came from 11 free throws made at the line.
Shooting a total of only 31 percent from the field by the end of the night.
The Coyotes made 7-of-26 shots from beyond the three-point line.
Desi Barmore was able to cut the lead to just 10 points, making a shot from the free-throw line, after making a jump while being fouled with only seven minutes remaining.
This is as close as the Coyotes would get to the Broncos in the second half.
With less than a minute left in the game, the Broncos took their largest lead with 23 points.
In this game, our two leading scorers were Anthony January with 19 points and Barmore with 12.
However, this was not enough as the final score was 63-84.
The Coyotes had better luck against the Lumberjacks.
Although the Coyotes lost 92-93, they played a lot better.
Statistically, both teams were similar throughout the game.
Coyotes would lead in second chance points but had less points in the paint.
The Coyotes had more shot attempts over all, but were not as accurate as the Lumberjacks.
Shooting a good 50.7 percent was good but not enough to over come the Lumberjacks 59.3 percent.
The second half would take a turn as the Lumberjacks took the lead by 13 points.
Notable help came from January who recorded his first double-double, scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds.
With about 10 minutes left, Coyote January, made a two point jumper to take them within nine points.
Coyotes took the lead at 90 to 88; regardless, this was not enough to win.
With 41 seconds left on the clock the Lumberjacks regained the lead with a three-pointer by the Lumberjacks Thomas Witzel.
The final score was 92-93 with the Lumberjacks winning the game.
The next two games will both be home at the Coussoulis Arena. The Coyotes will take on the Stanislaus State Warriors on Friday, Feb. 12 and the Chico State Wildcats on Saturday, Feb.13.