Men’s Basketball Story
Sonoma’s Basketball team broke their five game losing streak with a pair of big
wins on the road this weekend, beating the San Francisco State Gators 77-63 on Friday,
and then defeating the CSU Monterey Bay Otters 81-72 on Saturday. These two victories
bump the Seawolves up to a record of 9-12 overall, 5-12 in the CCAA where they are
now tied with Cal State L.A. for eighth place.
The Gators and Seawolves battled during the first half of Friday’s game, but nine
minutes into the game Sonoma started to dominate, going on a 19-9 point run and
entering halftime leading 35-24.
Sonoma was able to continue their success on defense as well as offense in the
second half. Solid defense frustrated the Otters who were unable to get very many
quality shots the entire game, making only a meager 38.2% of all their field goal
attempts. The Seawolves on the other hand, ended the game shooting 50% from the field,
including 6-16 from beyond the arc. The Gators were also out-shot at the free throw line,
making only 9 of 17 compared to Sonoma’s 17 of 27.
Seawolf Casey McRoberts lead the team with 19 points, and finished with five 3-
pointers, while Keith Garner’s double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) accounted for the
second highest scoring total for Sonoma. SSU guard’s Steven Pratt and Ben Washington
also ended in double digits, Pratt with eleven and Washington with thirteen.
San Francisco’s Robert Hayes dropped a game-high 24 points, but no other Gator
scored above ten.
Saturday the Seawolves traveled to Seaside and faced the 6th ranked Monterey
Bay attempting to avenge their previous 65-61 loss to the Otters. Although they were
underdogs coming into this game, Sonoma was able to take the lead early, going into
halftime with a comfortable 42-32 lead.
The Otters put up a fight in the second half, and came within four of Sonoma after
a ten consecutive points by forward Dante Green. The Seawolf’s Mike Nelson then hit a
huge three to widen the lead, but Monterey wasn’t finished quite yet.
Steven Monreal hit three 3-pointers for the Otters in the final minutes of the game
cutting Sonoma’s lead to five with only seconds left. The Seawolves finished strong
however, picking up two clutch free –throws from James Sandoval and another one from
Ben Washington to hang on for the win.
Casey McRoberts was again the leading scorer for Sonoma with 20 points
including 7-11 field goals, and 4-6 from 3-point land. McRoberts, and was joined in
double-digits by Curtis Harrison who dropped eleven and James Sandoval who ended the
game with ten. Monterey Bay’s Steve Monreal lead all scoring with 23, while teammates
Dante Green and Joe Mitchell also scored in double-digits for the Otters. Monterey Bay
out-rebounded Sonoma 29-25 during this game
Sonoma’s next two games will be at home when they host Chico State on Feb.
13th and Cal State Stanislaus on Feb 14th.