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December 24, 2008 > Cal State East Bay men heating up; women struggle

Cal State East Bay men heating up; women struggle

By Tony Cogley

The Cal State East Bay men's basketball team is starting to get hot on the court after a decisive victory over William Jessup University on Saturday, Dec. 20.

The Pioneers pounded out a 102-83 win over the visiting Warriors. Leading the way was junior guard Tauran Moore, with 31 points in 33 minutes of court time, along with six rebounds.

Senior guard Shea Frazee pitched in with 18 points and five assists, while fellow senior Jamil Muchell filled the stat box with five points, seven boards, three assists and two steals. The Pioneers also posted a 71.4 percent 3-point shooting percentage for the game.

The men's team is now 5-4 overall, 3-1 in the Cal Pac Conference. The team suffered a close loss to Menlo College last Wednesday, a game in which their 3-point shooting was down to 25 percent. They continue to gear up for the transition into NCAA Division II next season, and will play its next game Saturday, Jan. 3, against the University of San Francisco.

The women's team, however, is finding it a bit harder to win on the court this season.

The Lady Pioneers dropped their second in a row with a two-point loss to William Jessup, 95-93 on Saturday, Dec. 20, after losing on the road to Menlo College, 67-54, on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Against William Jessup, the Pioneers had six different players in double-digit points, including 4-foot-9 freshman Frieda Li's 22. The game was even at 35 at the half, keeping the crowd hopeful to see a home win - something that has eluded the team this season so far. Despite a strong offensive showing, they weren't able to come out on top.

The team is now 1-8 overall, 1-3 in the Cal Pac Conference. They will next compete in the Whittier Tournament with games January 3-4 in Whittier.

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