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November 26, 2010 > CSUEB basketball off to shaky start

CSUEB basketball off to shaky start

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Cal State University-East Bay's athletics have done a full shift into the winter season. Both the men and women basketball teams were in action last week in a light week overall.

East Bay's Lady Pioneers hoops finished up its preseason schedule with a Tuesday, Nov. 16, match with Holy Names in Oakland. Holy Names was able to race out to a 10-point, first-half lead, 39-29. In the second half, the Lady Pioneers made a run, outscoring Holy Names 30-26, ultimately falling short in the game, 65-59.

Antonette Capili and Jaime-Leigh Ronolo led the way for Holy Names, each netting 14 points in the winning effort. Leslie Vodicska also chipped in with 11 points for the hosts. East Bay's individual stats for the game were unavailable at press. As a team, the Lady Pioneers out rebounded their opponents 50-35.

The loss dropped East Bay to 0-2 on the preseason. Next time the Lady Pioneers tip off for a game, it will count for real. They'll be in Bellingham, Wash., taking part in the Lynda Goodrich Classic at Western Washington University. At the Classic, East Bay will first take on the host club, Friday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m., and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 27, 5 p.m. against St. Martin's.

For the Pioneers' men's basketball team, they've tipped off their season with a trio of games. After getting off to a solid start, they have dropped two in a row over a three-game span last week.

In their regular-season opener at home against the Academy of Art, the Pioneers were able to escape with a 68-65 overtime victory. East Bay outscored AAU 33-25 in the opening half, but gave up their eight-point halftime lead, being outscored 36-28 in the second half to send it into OT. However, Academy of Art seemed to run out of gas in the extra session, and were outscored by East Bay, 7-4, to drop the game.

Four Pioneers -- Mark Samuels (20), Roshun Wynne (14), Will Freedman (14) and Donavon Jackson (10) -- finished in double figures scoring. Wynne also grabbed 10 boards to notch a double-double, leading the Pioneers.

But that was the high point for the Pioneers. After the early-week win, they headed up to Seattle Pacific University for the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic on Friday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20, dropping both games.

On Friday, the Pioneers took on the No. 6-ranked Seattle Pacific University and were outclassed to the tune of a 40-point margin, 102-62. East Bay was outscored in both halves -- 53-36 in the first; 49-26 in the second -- as SPU ran away with it. Wynne led the way with 18 points; Freedman chipped in with 10; but no other Pioneer had double figures. On the other side, SPU had six players in double figures, including the entire starting five.

A day later, East Bay put together a better performance on both ends of the floor, scoring 20 points more and allowing four less points than the day before, but were still dropped by double digits, 98-82, to Western Washington.

Again, the Pioneers were outscored in both halves -- 47-38 in the first; 51-44 in the second -- en route to the 16-point loss. Like Seattle Pacific, Western Washington had six players in double figures scoring, three starters and three off the bench, totaling 83 points, outscoring the entire East Bay team. Meanwhile, the Pioneers only had six scorers. Samuels led the way with 26; Freedman had 24; and Wynne had 16, but no other players got their game going.

Next up for the Pioneers -- after an extended break -- they go on the road for the start of California Collegiate Athletic Association season. First up is San Francisco State on Friday, Dec. 3, followed by Cal State University-Monterey Bay on Saturday, Dec. 4. Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m.

In other CSEB athletics, the swim team went to Fresno to take on Fresno City and Biola in a tri-team swim meet on Saturday, Nov. 20. Results, however, were not available at press. Next up for the swim team is the UNLV Invitational on from Dec. 11 through 13.

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