Men’s basketball team drops two after hot start

The Sonoma State University men’s basketball team lost back to back contests this past week, losing to the nationally ranked Tritons of UC San Diego on Wednesday 69-55, while also coming up short against the Cal State San Marcos Cougars 67-60 on Saturday night.

The Seawolves who were coming off of a four game winning streak after starting 1-1, looked to capitalize on their momentum in preparation for a CCAA matchup with the undefeated, #22 ranked UC San Diego on Wednesday night in the Wolves Den. 

The game marked the first in conference play for both teams. 

Early in the game, the Tritons jumped out to a commanding lead, pulling ahead 14-3 just before the 10-minute mark in the first half.  

The Seawolves however, fought their way back and pulled within three points at the half.  Unfortunately for the Seawolves, this was as close as they would get to for the remainder of the game, as the Tritons caught fire in the second half, shooting 60 percent from the field, including a lights out 58.3 percent from three point territory.  

For the duration of the entire game, the Tritons made over half the shots they took, shooting 53percent compared to only 37.1 percent by the Seawolves.  

The Seawolves shooting woes primarily came from beyond the arc where they shot a dismal 20 percent. 

Junior guard Ronnie Harris had a noteworthy performance, scoring team high 11 points while shooting 75 percent from the field in just 21 minutes of play.  

Looking to rebound from their mid-week loss, the Seawolves then hit the road on Saturday to face Cal State San Marcos in southernCalifornia, for their second consecutive conference matchup.  The teams played a hotly contested game, trading buckets throughout.  

With under a quarter of the game left, the score was knotted up at 52, when Ronnie Harris gave the Seawolves the lead. 

However, the Cougars answered right back with five consecutive points of their own.  Harris pulled the team within a single point with just under three minutes left to play in the game, but the Seawolves failed to contain the Cougars offensive attack down the stretch as the Cougars went on a 10-3 run in the final minutes of the game, ultimately winning the contest 67-60. 

Harris led the team in scoring for the second consecutive game, putting up 17 points on an impressive 70% from the floor. 

The Seawolves shooting struggles continued for their second consecutive game as their overall shooting percentage (37.7), was almost five points worse than their opponent (42.6).  

The Seawolves look to get their first conference win of the season as they head to Arcata to take on the Humboldt State Lumberjacks on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

STAR// Nicole Detmers Junior Naaman Hightower, 34, drives the ball inside against visiting UC San Diego.

STAR// Nicole Detmers

Junior Naaman Hightower, 34, drives the ball inside against visiting UC San Diego.