CSUSB men’s basketball team finished with split during the weekend series on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9.
The Coyotes played two games at home against the Broncos of Cal Pol Pomona on Feb. 8 and then the Lumberjacks from CSU Humboldt on Feb. 9.
The ‘Yotes were in for a tough one against fourth ranked Broncos but fell short losing 69-80 in a heartbreak fashion.
They were trading baskets with the Broncos until the nine-minute mark in the first half when the Broncos went on 10-0 run.
The point contributors for the ‘Yotes in the first half came from senior forward Kwame Alexander who scored eight points along with sophomore Jamari Simmons with six points.
The team shot 31 percent overall from the field and 37 percent from beyond the three-point line.
The key component to their deficit in the first half was the 13 turnovers that they committed.
The Coyotes went into halftime trailing the Broncos 22-33.
In the second half, the team came together and looked more aggressive than they were in the first half.
The only obstacle that stood in their way was the tough defense and offense of the Broncos.
The Coyotes shot well from the field in the second half sinking 44 percent of their shots compared to the 31 percent they shot in the first half.
Junior combo guard Joshua Gouch led the Coyotes in the second half scoring all of his 14 points.
There was also great defensive efforts from senior Johnny Bell and junior Brian Goins.
Unfortunately, they weren’t able to close the large deficit and ended up losing the game 69-80 which ended their six game winning streak.
In Saturday’s game the Coyotes looked to bounce from the loss the night before as they played the rival Lumberjacks of CSU Humboldt.
In the first half, the Coyotes got off to a slow start but turned it around after learning from the previous game.
After a 9-0 scoring run for the Coyotes, they went into halftime leading the Lumberjacks 44-32.
The ‘Yotes shot a total of 54 percent from the field and also 44 percent from the three-point line.
In the second half, the Coyotes never let up and continued to execute well.
Goins and Alexander had 20 plus points and Bell had 13 points.
They blew out the Lumberjacks 93-68, as they start to go back to their winning ways.
The CSUSB men’s basketball team will have a two game home stand against the Otters of CSU Monterey Bay and the Pioneers of CSU East Bay on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.
Bringing home one win from weekend series shows that there is a possibility that the Coyotes could take first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).