By Ryan Navaroli |Staff Writer
Coyote men’s basketball team defeated the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles by a landslide.
The Coyotes played their best game of this season, with a victory of 92-51 over the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles Friday night.
The game marked their largest margin of victory in the last five seasons.
The No. 14 team in the nation has now won 14 consecutive games.
The landslide win proves the Coyotes are a force to be reckoned with in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
The game began with the Coyotes leading 43-21 at the end of a dominant first half.
The Coyotes would go on a 29-6 run to put the game out of reach for the Golden Eagles.
Senior forward Andrew Young accounted for 20 of those points.
“Great chemistry goes a long way at this level. Additionally, we picked up the pressure defensively and we’re able to finish a lot of those defensive stops with a rebound,” said Young.
Young explains how to keep ahead of the competition, “holding teams to one shot each time up the floor is vital,” said Young.
Eight different Coyotes contributed in that pivotal run.
Senior guard Kirby Gardner led the Coyotes, scoring six of his 13 points during the run.
The red-hot Coyotes continued to excite the crowd, extending their lead to 48 points in the second half.
Junior guard Juan Martinez contributed by hitting a three point field goal, giving his team a 92-44 lead with 2:32 left, and was able to score 14 points throughout the night,“We definitely came out hungry from the jump versus L.A. and maintained it throughout the game for the most part,” said Martinez.
Martinez mentions how he tries his best to be as consistent as possible when he is on the court, “I just try to be as consistent as possible when I’m on the floor. Take good shots, play good defense and just try to win,” said Martinez.
Martinez also explains that he is more relaxed when he is on the court because of his consistent nature and therefore he is able to become a better player and teammate.
Senior guard Lacy Haddock was masterful on defense.
Haddock’s hold on CSULA’s lead scorer Quinton Watkins prevented him from increasing the score for the Eagles.
Watkins averaged about 20 points a game for the Golden Eagles.
Haddock and Watkins were teammates previously at the College of Southern Idaho.
Haddock explains how he knows his old teammate on the Eagles.
“We are really familiar with each other’s game. My main focus was to do my best by staying close to him and contain him from having a good game on the offensive end,” said Haddock.
Haddock continues, “I just tried my best to get through screens set for him, contest all his jump shots to make him take difficult ones, and just make it tough to get the ball to get him a little frustrated,” said Haddock.
Both players have become very familiar to each others’ game.
“I guess all those junior college days going against each other in practice finally came in handy,” said Haddock.
Junior guard Taylor Statham and sophomore guard Zeke DeBlase played solid off the bench.
The Golden Eagles were led by James Tillman’s 22 points on the night.
The Coyotes look to continue their winnings as the season progresses with home games against Humboldt State University and Cal Poly Pomona on Friday Jan. 31 and Saturday Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Make sure that you come out and support your Coyotes on their winnings streak.