Saturday afternoon in the Big Apple, the Sonoma State University men’s basketball team took to the hardwood to face off against a struggling Division I St. Johns University team in exhibition play.
In a game that was available for students to stream on either ESPN 3 or the WatchESPN mobile app, the Seawolves looked to capitalize on St. John’s recent woes, having lost their first exhibition game to another Division II team St. Thomas Aquinas, by an astonishing 32 points at home earlier in the week.
In what was a hard-fought battle, with surges of promising play, the Seawolves failed to put together a consistent effort and fell to the Red Storm by a margin of 64-46.
Head coach Pat Fuscaldo and the Seawolves are coming off of a 12-14 season in which they finished in a tie for seventh place in the CCAA with a 9-13 mark.
In their only warm-up for the upcoming regular season, the Seawolves were ice cold. The game started off promisingly for Sonoma State, as the teams traded baskets for the first five minutes of the game.
The Seawolves then proceeded to go on a 9-0 scoring run, leading to their largest lead of the night, just under 10 minutes into the game.
The teams proceeded to trade baskets until the score was tied 20-20 with 6:43 left to play in the first half.
However, the Red Storm went on to pull away after a 16-2 scoring streak, putting the Seawolves down 36-22 at the half.
The Seawolves continued their uphill battle in the second half, pulling within seven points with just over five minutes left in the game.
However, continuing with the games previous trends, the Red Storm made one final run, scoring the last 11 points of the game to put the final score at 64-46.
It was a rough shooting night for the Seawolves, as they shot a dismal 22.4 percent from the field, including just 12 percent from beyond the arc. Furthermore, while they were able to get to the charity stripe 25 times, they missed eight free throws, putting them at 68 percent for the game.
In contrast to St. Johns, the Seawolves shot 11.8 percent worse from the field and were outrebounded (44-35) and out blocked (11-1) as well.
A positive note to be taken from the game for the Seawolves was the distribution of points.
Senior James Davis and freshman Brandon Tillis lead the way with nine points apiece, while senior Andy Mitchell and junior Jimmy Golden both netted seven points of their own.
Fortunately for the Seawolves, the game was merely an exhibition against a Division I opponent and is intended to work out the kinks and allow the team to warm up before the season begins.
Look for the Seawolves to rebound and start the season off with a win, as they face the Dominican University Penguins on Friday in San Rafael at 7:30 p.m.