Throughout a three-game road trip the stakes were high for the Sonoma State University men’s basketball team, who proved themselves tough competitors and pulled ahead in two of the matchups.
After the loss versus San Francisco State University the previous week, the Seawolves came back strong and pulled out two successful wins.
“For us the challenge was bouncing back from a tough loss last weekend and winning on the road, which is not easy in the CCAA,” said junior guard Jackson Gion.
On Thursday, the men faced the California State Dominguez Hills Toros. They started the game forced to overcome a 7-0 deficit, but were able to gain momentum 17 minutes into the first half when sophomore guard Armani Nicolis was able to sink his free throw shots.
Soon after Nicolis kicked things off, the Seawolves tied it up, and eventually broke the tie with only 12 minutes left in the first half.
“I think the biggest factor in both games were our dedication to play hard defense for the whole 40 minutes,” said senior center Luke Cochran.
One of the basketball team’s biggest strengths was the exceptional defense they have been utilizing this season, ranking number one in the nation and forcing 14 turnovers throughout the game.
“I think just focusing on what we do best, which is playing defense was our key factor this weekend, and it will be the rest of the season,” said senior guard Khalid Johnson. “Both teams we played had two great guards and our focus was to contain them both because they really get their team going with their play.”
The Seawolves were able to win 70-55 against the Toros.
Saturday’s win for the Seawolves did not come as easy. The game against the San Marcos Cougars was a continuous fight.
This fight didn’t just capture the aggression for the game, it also was the cause for Sonoma State having 25 different opportunities to score on the free-throw line, of which the Seawolves were able to make 16.
As the game progressed, the men of the team found themselves with a 70-64 win against the cougars.
With another win under their belts, the team is now tied for third place in the league with San Francisco State University. They are currently 13-5 for the year overall, and 9-3 in conference.
“This team differs from last year because we have more depth and more guys with experience. We can go to anyone on the bench and not have a drop off in anything that we do,” Johnson said. “Also, I think we are more versatile offensively. One night it can be our big guys and another it can be our perimeter player.”
With a new team dynamic, it is no surprise that they are getting a head start to a great season.