Men’s basketball splits weekend game series

The UC San Diego Tritons (7-5, 3-5 California Collegiate Athletic Association) headed north to Sonoma State on Friday night to take on the Seawolves (1-11, 0-8 CCAA). 

Coming into this game, the Tritons were tied for the seventh spot in the CCAA standings, while the T-11th Seawolves search for their first CCAA win. 

The game began with a Sonoma State turnover and an immediate score by MacKenzie McCullough putting the Tritons up to a 2-0 lead. 

However, this would be the only lead for the Tritons as the Wolves rallied back to score the next 9 points. 

The Tritons answered back with the next five points, before the Seawolves run the scoreboard with a huge 15-0 run making the score 24-7 with the Seawolves way out in front with 11:02 left in the first half.

Sonoma continued to dominate for the remainder of the game, with the smallest lead they would have in the second half would be 14. The Seawolves shot an outstanding 28 for 52 overall, while going 10 for 16 from the 3-point line. While the Tritons shot 17 for 50 overall and just 3 for 24 from the 3-point line.

The Tritons were lead by senior guard James McCann who led all scoring with 17 points and added two assists. Adam Klie also added 8 points and an assist, and Kevin Harris added seven points going 5-6 from the free throw line.

The Seawolves leading scorer was junior forward Mike Harris who contributed 15 points (going 3-3 from the 3-point line), an assist, and a steal. Senior Justin Herold contributes as always, adding 13 points, an assist, and a steal. Freshman James Davis also helped out by putting up 12 points, 5 assists, and a steal.

The 79-54 Seawolves victory will bring their record to 2-11, 1-8 CCAA heading into Saturday’s big game against 12-1, 9-0 CCAA Cal State San Bernardino. The Tritons fall to 7-6, 3-6 CCAA.

Saturday night The Wolves’ Den was packed as fans came to watch Sonoma State take on Cal State San Bernardino. The Coyotes look to push their winning streak to 13, which would be their longest since the 2003-04 season.

Through the first half of play, it looked like the game could have gone either way, as the Coyotes were on top 36-33 and neither team lost a lead greater than six the entire first half. The game remained close through the second half, but the end result was a Coyote triumph 81-71.

The Seawolves shot an impressive 27-48 but fell because of turnovers. The leading scorer of the Seawolves was senior guard Sterling Arterberry with 20 points (8-9 from the free throw line), 4 assists, and a steal. Herold added 16 points, and sophomore David Ahern doesn’t miss a shot going 5-5 and adding 10 points. 

The Coyotes had a huge offensive game shooting 29-60 with five double digit scorers. The leading scorers were seniors Lacy Haddock and Jordan Burris each adding 13 points. Andrew Young with 12 points, Kirby Gardner with 11, and Casey Oldemoppen shooting a perfect 5-5 off the bench adding 10 points.

Cal State San Bernardino improves their division-leading record to 13-1, 10-0 CCAA, as Sonoma Sate falls to last place in the CCAA standings with a 2-12, 1-9 CCAA record.

The Seawolves begin a four game road trip as they will travel this Friday, Jan. 24 to take on the Cal State East Bay Pioneers (6-10, 3-7 CCAA). Tipoff is at 7:30 P.M.