The Chico State men’s basketball team wrapped up its regular season with a 75-52 win over the California State East Bay Pioneers at Acker Gym on Saturday night.
Malik Duffy, Isaiah Brooks, Colby Orr and Joshua Curls were honored as seniors before tipping for their service to the program.
“It’s nothing short of magical,” Brooks said. “I can’t really put it into words. People like my dad and the coaches tell me to take a moment because I’m so locked into the game.”
The Wildcats (19-3) opened the game shooting the ball very effectively. Duffy started the Wildcats with a jump shot into the post and Brooks followed with a high-end 3-point shot.
Just five minutes into the game, the Wildcats had an 8-point cushion.
In the first half, the Wildcats were trying to move the ball into the post and feed Duffy. The Pioneers (9-15) noticed this and quickly switched to a 2-3 zone defense to have an extra defender downstairs. This defensive adjustment allowed the Wildcats to rotate the ball and find wide-opening 3-point shot attempts.
The Wildcats went 7-15 and shot 46% from behind the arc in the first half.
Midway through the first half, the Wildcats led a 23-13 run to increase the lead to 18 before halftime.
“I was really happy with the way we played,” said head coach Greg Clink. “I think we shared the ball very well. I thought our defense was on point. Every time you hold a team to 52 points, it’s a win.
Heading into the second half, the Wildcats continued to keep their feet on the gas and played solid defense. The Wildcats limited the Pioneers to just 32% shooting throughout the game.
Brooks had a team-high 18 points on 6-10 shooting from behind the 3-point line. Duffy finished the game with 12 points and Kevin Warren had 11.
Justin Vigil had a team-high 16 points for the Pioneers
Women’s team drops out of season finale
The Chico State women’s basketball team lost its final game of the regular season to the Cal State East Bay Pioneers 74-66 Saturday night at Acker Gym.
For the Wildcats, it was senior night and the program honored its only senior Mikaela Busmillah before the whistleblower.
“I feel sad, but we have more games next week. It’s bittersweet,” Bismaillah said.
The Wildcats (14-9) started slow, hitting just one of their first eight shots, but a 3-point corner shot from Morgan Mathis and a 3-point shot from Charity Gallegos gave the Wildcats a 10-point lead. six points in the first.
With tonight’s loss, the Wildcats are ranked 5th in the CCAA playoffs. A win would have taken them to the No. 4 seed
In the second quarter, the Wildcats began to cool down and shot just under 47% with just one 3-point attempt. For the Pioneers (19-3), they started to get aggressive and managed to reach the free throw line. They went 7-8 to the line as the Wildcats only reached the line once in the quarter.
In the first half, the Wildcats committed 13 turnovers and the Pioneers were able to get 13 points from them. The Pioneers also had 13 turnovers, but the Wildcats could only score four.
“We turned the ball over 17 times,” said head coach Brian Fogel. “We only attended nine times. We gave up 15 offensive rebounds. It was too much.”
In the second half, the Pioneers were able to start to take the lead on the Wildcats. Delia Moore, a goaltender for the Pioneers, made consecutive 3-point shots to start the second half. Moore finished the night with 14 points, shooting 50% from behind the arc.
In the third quarter, the Pioneers led a 14-5 series to extend the lead to 10 points.
Fogel decided to go small in the second half and knocked out starter Jordan Morris for Stella Rollo. Morris, who is a starter for the Wildcats, finished the game with just 18 minutes and five points.
“They also didn’t play their big girl,” Fogel said. “That’s what makes East Bay a good deal. They’re not very big. It was a mismatch for us.
The Chico State Women clinched a CCAA playoff berth on Thursday with a one-point win over Cal State Dominguez Hills when Charity Gallegos completed a layup with 10 seconds left.
Charity Gallegos had a team high 18 points while Myli Martinez had 14 points.
Zhane Duckett had a team-high 21 points for the Pioneers.
The CCAA tournament for men and women will be held March 4-6 in Arcata, home of Cal Poly Humboldt.
The CCAA men’s and women’s tournament will take place March 4-6 in Arcata, home of Cal Poly Humboldt.