Men’s basketball goes down to the wire

The Sonoma State University men’s basketball team hit the road this weekend to face Humboldt State on Friday night and end at CSU San Bernardino Saturday evening for two California Collegiate Athletic Association games. 

The Seawolves looked to make the best of the weekend and build back some confidence after suffering their previous home loss to Cal State Dominguez Hills, but unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. The Seawolves dropped both games this weekend, falling short to Humboldt State 73-81 and although it came down to the final buzzer, they weren’t able to pull off the win against CSU San Bernardino in dramatic fashion, coming up one point shy to end the game 77-78. With these two losses, the Seawolves drop to seventh place and are now below .500 for the season in conference play at 6-8, (9-9) overall. 

In the loss to Humboldt State, Seawolves’ senior forward J.J. Mina put up season high numbers for both points scored and rebounded with 24 points and 12 boards secured for the double-double. 

The Seawolves maintained solid control of the score in the first half, leading the Lumberjacks for all but about two minutes and were able to hold onto the lead at 33-31 to end the first half. 

The second half however, belonged to the Lumberjacks as they almost doubled their first-half point total by putting up an even 50 in the second half while also taking advantage of their stellar turnover ratio and outscoring the Seawolves 19-9 off of turnovers. 

The Seawolves put up a valiant effort in cutting down the lead, thanks to a three-pointer by the already hot Mina, bringing it to within four points with only 27 seconds left on the clock. With the Seawolves now having to foul in order to conserve the time on the clock, Humboldt State was able to successfully make all four free-throw shots attempted and pushed the game out of reach with a final score of 73-81.

Seawolves’ junior guard Jabri Jenkins was able to match his career high with 16 points and also contributed with a perfect 7-7 from the free-throw line. 

Trying not to focus too much on the previous loss, the Seawolves traveled down to CSU San Bernardino to attempt to even out their weekend series. This task would be much easier said than done as the Seawolves and the Coyotes of CSU San Bernardino grinded it out for two long, grueling halves, as both sides had multiple lead exchanges. 

Things really started to get interesting in the second half when the Coyotes, who were already down by nine points, went on a 27-9 run to turn the deficit completely around, giving themselves a nine-point advantage with less than 10 minutes remaining. The Seawolves were able to fight back and get on a run to slim the lead down to 76-71, when senior forward Mike Harris was fouled on a three-pointer and was able to successfully convert the four-point play to trail by just one point. 

The Coyotes were then able to score easily on a layup and immediately fouled to prevent the Seawolves from being able to score a three-point play. Jenkins was successful in making his two foul shots, which set up an inbound play for the Coyotes. As the Coyotes attempted to make a half-court pass, it was intercepted by sophomore guard Khalid Johnson who then dished it to junior James Davis to put up a last second three at the buzzer, but came up short on the rim, handing the win to the Coyotes 77-78. 

Davis finished the game with 27 points as well as contributing with four assists. Other standout performers from the game were Mina finishing with 19 points and Harris who finished with 12.

The Seawolves’ next matchup is against CSU East Bay in Hayward this Friday at 7:30 p.m.