The Sonoma State Men’s basketball team looked to stop their four-game losing streak when they went down to face the Gators of San Francisco State. The Seawolves were coming off of a tough weekend at home where they lost two close games in front of a packed Wolves’ Den.
The Seawolves came out firing, led by guard Lewayne Grant, who scored nine points out of the team’s first 12 in the first 9:27 of the game. The Seawolves, though never leading, had the Gators within striking distance for much of the first half.
They had the game close at 20-22 with 7:23 to go when the Gators made their push to end the first half. Once San Francisco State started to make baskets, there was no stopping them. The Gators went on a 21-9 push to end the first half, and to extend their lead to 14, making the game 43-29 at the halfway point.
“We definitely did not come out strong. They were making their shots and we just couldn’t match them and their intensity in the first half,” starting guard Brandon Tillis said.
But, as this team has shown us all year, no lead is safe. Armani Nicolis and the Seawolves started to march their way back, as they have done for most of the games where their trailing.
Down 14, they started to inch their way back, with baskets from Isaac Davison and Nicolis himself.
“I think once the pressure was off and we were down double digits, we played a lot more freely,” Nicolis said.
“We started playing for each other more once facing a large deficit which gave us energy and momentum. We definitely do play better when fighting back from behind, it allows us to be more free,” guard Jordan Fleck said.
“When the second half came around we started to play a little more as a unit. We did an awesome job of fighting our way back but the whole we dug ourselves was just a little too deep tonight,” said Tillis.
He was right; and the hard charge was too little too late, as the Gators couldn’t be stopped and ended up beating the visiting Seawolves 84-79. The Seawolves are off for the week and then travel down south to face a couple of conference opponents in Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino.
“If we play the right way and defend we can win games,” Nicolis said.