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January 28, 2014 > Dramatic win for Pioneers at homecoming; lose a close contest to SF State

Dramatic win for Pioneers at homecoming; lose a close contest to SF State

Submitted By Steve Connolly

Jan. 24, 2014
CSU East Bay 71, Sonoma State 69

The Cal State East Bay Pioneer men's basketball team halted a four-game skid with a dramatic comeback victory over Sonoma State, 71-69, in front of a loud Homecoming crowd at Pioneers Gym. The Pioneers (7-10, 4-7 CCAA) got 23 points from Gabe Kindred (Oakland, Calif.) and 18 from Mark Samuels (Berkeley, Calif.) as they rallied from a nine-point deficit and took their first lead of the game with just 2:58 to play.

"Coach Fuscaldo's team competed tremendously from start to finish," said Pioneer head coach Gus Argenal after the game. "It was an absolute battle for 40 minutes. I'm so proud of the way our team found a way to win. This was one of our best defensive efforts as a team."

East Bay held the visiting Seawolves (2-13, 1-10 CCAA) to 39.7 percent shooting from the floor and 21.1 percent from three (4-for-19). The Pioneers weren't particularly hot from outside either, hitting at 29.2 percent from behind the arc (7-for-24), but they managed to shoot 45.5 percent overall thanks to 30 points in the paint and a lot of layups in the second half.

Jan. 25, 2014
SF State 71, Cal State East Bay 64

The Cal State East Bay men's team fell to visiting San Francisco State on Saturday night by the final score of 71-64. The teams combined to hit 19 three-pointers, six of which came from Jacari Whitfield, who scored 18 points to lead the Pioneers (7-11, 4-8 CCAA). SF State shot 55 percent in the game to improve to 9-6 overall and 7-5 in CCAA play.

"It was a typical Saturday night in the CCAA, an absolute battle," said Pioneer head coach Gus Argenal after the game. "We couldn't make enough plays on both ends, and SF State came up with the big ones. Paul Trevor has built an extremely competitive program there, my hat goes off to the Gators. "The Pioneers trailed by as many as 12 early in the game, but they rattled off a 9-2 run to thanks to a defense that created 17 turnovers and clung to a single-digit deficit nearly the entire game after that. They briefly took the lead midway through the second half and still had a chance to win in the final minutes, but couldn't quite muster the final scoring run they needed.ÊUltimately, SF State was able to match the Pioneers shot for shot, finishing at 55.8 percent from the field and 45 percent from three.

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