Men’s basketball wins fourth straight while getting revenge

Calvin Geraci had four points on the night against Cal State San Bernadino Photo credit: Mathew Boe

Chico State men’s basketball team got revenge against Cal State San Bernadino with an 11 point victory Thursday night.

The Coyotes beat the Wildcats 88-72 back in January, so the Wildcats have been looking forward to Thursday’s game for weeks.

“I told my teammates we owe these guys revenge, you know, they disrespected us,” forward Marvin Timothy said. “I took this game personal. I was focused for weeks, you know, waiting for this game and tonight making the most out of it.”

The Wildcats were focused right away when they jumped out to a quick lead they held on to for most of the game.

The Coyotes put up a fight when they tied the game with just over five minutes left in the first half. The Coyotes then took a four-point lead with four minutes to go in the first half.

The Wildcats continued to fight for the lead and went into the locker room at half with a 34-32 lead.

“It was basically come out and approach the second half like we started the game and be aggressive and fight and compete and we did it,” head coach Greg Clink said about the game plan coming out in the second half.

The Wildcats pulled away in the second half as they had the largest lead of the night, 18 points, with just over 10 minutes left in the second half.

The Wildcats defense played well all night by holding the Coyotes to 33 percent shooting and causing 18 turnovers.

Chico State won the game with a final score of 73-62.

Guard Isaiah Brooks lead the team with 19 points and 7 assist in 39 minutes of play.

“They (coaches) told me they wanted me to step it up, so I got into the gym, got in some extra shots with my assistant coaches and it paid off,” Brooks said.

Timothy finished the game with 13 points and 10 rebounds. His one block came in the final minutes causing the Coyotes to accept defeat.

The Wildcats have now won four straight games, improving their record to 9-9 overall.

The next game for the team is Saturday, Feb. 16 against Cal Poly Pomona at Acker Gym at 7:30 p.m.

Brandon Downs can be reached at [email protected] or @downsbrandon2 on Twitter.