Men’s basketball wins back-to-back at home

The CSU San Bernardino Coyotes traveled up to Rohnert Park Friday night to take on the Sonoma State University Seawolves in the Wolves’ Den for their first California Collegiate Athletic Association affair. 

About four minutes into the game, the two teams were tied 4-4, and from that point on, the Seawolves never lost the lead. The Seawolves would score the next nine points, and would score 13 of the last 15 points of the half to put themselves up 36-18 at the half.

The second half was evenly matched as the Coyotes outscored the Seawolves by one point. The Seawolves would ultimately capture the win, 75-58. The Coyotes fall to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while Sonoma State improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. 

Shooting and rebounds told the tale for the game, as the Seawolves shot 56.3 percent, while San Bernardino shot 40.8 percent. SSU won the battle on the boards 37-32.

The Seawolves were lead by J.J. Mina, who contributed with 21 points, seven rebounds, an assist, and a steal. David Ahern also had a successful night with 18 points including a pair of threes, a rebound, three assists, and two steals. James Davis put forth ten points of his own, and Mike Harris was the big man on the court with nine rebounds.

The Coyotes were led by Gilbert Parga, who had 12 points, including a three-pointer, four rebounds, and two assists. Isaiah Morton also had 10 points with a rebound, four assists and a steal.

“Both San Bernardino and Humboldt are very talented, athletic teams so we knew going into this weekend we would have to play our brand of basketball to give us a chance to win,” said Mike Harris. “We pride ourselves on being the tougher team every night and I thought that we established that. Our coaches do a great job preparing us mentally for our opponents and it paid off this weekend.”

Saturday night it was the Humboldt State Lumberjacks who traveled down to take on Sonoma State. The game would end the same way as Friday night’s game, with an 80-70 Seawolf win, as David Ahern, James Davis, and Mike Harris all provided 16 points. SSU improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play, and Humboldt State fell to 3-4 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

The only time the Seawolves were behind was when the score was in favor of the Lumberjacks 5-4. The Seawolves were again led by their shooting, as they shot 52.3 percent, and 56.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Seawolves collected 31 rebounds, while the Coyotes only collected 24, and they turned the ball over 14 times, opposed to the Lumberjacks’ 21. They also out-stole the Coyotes 10-4.

Mina had another great night for SSU, with 13 points and eight rebounds, while going 3-6 on three-point shots. The Lumberjacks were led by Allan Guei who had 20 points, and Brett McConnell who had eight rebounds.

This Friday, Sonoma State will be playing in a televised game against San Francisco State. It will air on the Comcast Hometown Network, beginning at 8 p.m.