The Sonoma State University men’s basketball team split their first two games of the season this weekend in San Rafael, putting away Dominican University 68-63, while losing a heartbreaker the next night (57-55) to Academy of Art University.
In a weekend road trip just down Highway 101, the Seawolves traveled to to play Dominican University on Friday evening.
The inaugural game of the season was part of the CPAA/PacWest Challenge tournament. While the game was relatively close in score throughout, the Seawolves controlled the game, leading for 30 of the game’s 40 minutes played.
The Seawolves jumped to a double-digit lead of 11 with just 15 minutes to play in the second half. However, Dominican would not go down without a fight.
The Penguins surged back to within four points, the latest being with only 33 ticks left on the game clock. This was as close as the comeback would get though, as both teams struggled to shoot the ball well in crunch time, highlighted by three missed free throws by Sonoma State, and two missed three-point opportunities for Dominican.
An impressive performance from James Davis played a large role in the Seawolves victory, as Davis shot 62 percent from the field; including five three’s for a total of 23 points to lead all scorers.
Saturday night’s game was just as intriguing, as the Seawolves fought hard, but ultimately came up short in the waning seconds of the game in a shocker to the Academy of Art Urban Knights.
The Seawolves held the lead for the majority of the game, leading by as much as nine, but with just over eight minutes left to play, the Urban Knights fought their way back to tie it up. From that point forward, the teams traded buckets down the stretch.
With the game knotted up at 55 and only six seconds left on the clock, the audience looked on as Herman Pratt drained a jumper to put the Urban Knights ahead by two.
After the Seawolves subsequent time out call, James Davis put up the potentially game winning three, but the shot was off the mark as time expired and the Seawolves were defeated.
Davis again led the team in scoring with 14 points. As a team however, turnovers played a huge part in the loss, as the Seawolves had a sloppy 13 compared to only 3 by AAU.
Junior center/forward Nathan Molony-Benjamin weighed in on the teams’ weekend efforts, saying, “We fought hard; a couple more shots go in our favor and we win both games,” said Molony-Benjamin.
“We have a good group of guys and the season looks promising, we just have to keep working.”
Look for the Seawolves to bounce back and stay above .500 as they compete against the Holy Names Hawks in Oakland on Tuesday night.
They will then return to the Wolves’ Den for their first two home games of the season this weekend, facing off against Dixie State on Friday and the Academy of Art once again on Saturday.