The Sonoma State Seawolves men’s basketball team gave Cal State Los Angeles a run for their money on Saturday Feb. 2, but unfortunately came up just short of walking away with the win. Saturday’s game ended with the final score of 65-61, Los Angeles. With the loss the Seawolves overall record now sits at 7-13 for the season.
The game started off with a lot of energy from Cal State Los Angeles when they scored the first 8 points of the game. Their scoring streak was brought to an end with a smooth layup by number 5, Lewayne Grant. This was followed by a successful free throw after Grant was fouled by Los Angeles’ Ford Miles. Shortly after Grant dropped another layup bringing the score 8-5.
When Lewayne Grant was asked how he prepares himself before games he said, “I usually just relax before the game just to keep my legs fresh as possible.”
The Seawolves leveled the score with Los Angeles thanks to a short jumper in the paint by Armani Nicolis and a solid 3 pointer by freshman Aaron Porcil. Forward Jordan Hickman did a fantastic job defensively with four crucial blocks, two of which came back to back, and grabbed a total of six rebounds during the game.
Sonoma State managed to take the lead for a portion of the first half. However, Los Angeles stayed on their heels the entire time and eventually took back the lead prior to going into the locker room at the end of the first half.
During the second half of the game Los Angeles’ player Cyprian Kenneth took the crowd by surprise when he made three, 3 pointers in a matter of two minutes.
Despite his hot shooting, the Seawolves showed great determination and continued to keep the game close. Number 10 Isaac Davidson scored a total of 15 points and was instrumental in the success the Seawolves were having on the court.
Davidson’s standout play had everyone in the stands enthusiastic and cheering for a Seawolves win.
The bleachers were filled with rumbling feet as the anticipation grew stronger. However, with three seconds left on the clock and a score of 63-61 the Seawolves saw their chances of winning slipping away. The game ended when Cyprian Kenneth of Cal State Los Angeles stepped to the line and made two good free throws.
Senior Jordan Hickman said, “To prepare for San Francisco State we need a good week of practice heading into it. Getting the game plan down and executing it during the game. When we do that we can compete with anyone.”
The game against San Francisco State is an away game on Feb. 9 at 3:00 pm. The next home game will be against UC San Diego Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm.