By Brandon Landrum |Staff Writer|
The CSUSB men’s basketball team lost two straight games on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 despite giving it their best efforts.
The 15th ranked Coyotes played the Warriors of CSU Stanislaus on Jan. 12 and the Wildcats of CSU Chico Jan 13.
The Coyotes started Friday’s game off sluggish while the Warriors jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they beat the Coyotes 76-60.
In the first half of the game, the team got into early foul trouble when junior point guard Brian Goins received two quick personal fouls along with the sixth man, Jamari Simmons who also received two personal fouls.
The Coyotes shot 3-13 from the 3-point line and a total of 16-31 from the field in the first half. At halftime the Coyotes trailed the Warriors 39-26.
In the second half, the team made their adjustments on their shot selection and their defensive schemes.
Unfortunately, Warriors stopped any momentum that the Coyotes tried to gain and went home with a win.
The Coyotes had season lows in two areas where they usually perform well.
The Warriors held the Coyotes to a season low of 60 points and a season low percentage from the field of 33.9, which is well below their season average of 43.1 percent.
Junior combo guard Josh Gooch led the team with 11 points and Goins had 10 points.
Saturday’s game the Coyotes looked to bounce back after the loss to CSU Stanislaus.
This time the Coyotes took their record of 8-3 into playing the 8-4 Wildcats of CSU Chico.
Thegame was close, but the Coyotes couldn’t quite finish, suffering a 69-65 loss.
The Coyotes had four players in double figures, which included a double double from senior forward Kwame
Alexander who recorded 15 points with 10 rebounds. It was a close game the whole way and went to the wire.
Even though the Coyotes lost both of their games at home, “the team learned what they did good and also some things they need to improve on,” said Alexander. “We learned not underestimate anyone and take it one game at a time.”
Senior guard Johnny Bell said, “We need to improve our court communication on the defensive end whether if it’s on ball or switching men on rotations.”
Alexander added, “We can shoot, get to the basket and score easily. Our assist turnover ratio is much better from last year and the biggest key is that we’re not selfish.”
Bell had similar comments, “The team can score easily and that they don’t give up with out a fight and won’t back down from any challenge.”
With these two losses, the team is no longer ranked No. 15 but they will try to regain momentum when they leave for their road trip north to play Sonoma State University on Jan. 25 and San Francisco State University on Jan. 26.