The Orion

Victory allows Wildcats to clinch a home playoff game

Calvin Geraci jumps high and takes a shot while a Gator defender goes up in attempt to block.

Matthew Wreden

February 21, 2020

The Chico State men’s basketball team locked up a first-round home game in the CCAA tournament after defeating the San Francisco State Gators by 80-69 Thursday night in Acker Gym. The Wildcats (19-6) were in a battle at the start of the game. The ball was going back and forth between the two team...

Block party: Justin Briggs makes history while Wildcats drop one to UCSD

Justin Briggs sets the Chico State record for 154 total blocks.

Matthew Wreden

February 7, 2020

With eight minutes left in the first half, Justin Briggs was at the top of the key coming off a pick and roll when he switched to guard UC San Diego standout guard, Tyrell Roberts. Roberts drove to the rack to try and put a layup on the 6 foot 10 inch senior forward - big mistake. Briggs easily swa...

Consistent defense and free throws – crucial for a win

The tip-off begins the game between Chico State and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Nicolas Espino

January 24, 2020

     Second-chance opportunities prove to be the difference as junior Malik Duffy led the Chico State men’s basketball team to an 85-76 victory over the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros on Thursday night.       Duffy got off to a hot start and was perfect from the free-throw line in his...

Chico State not taken lightly against the University of Arizona

Wesley Harris

November 4, 2019

Chico State basketball surprised Arizona’s 13,000 fans in Friday night’s exhibition battle against the 17 ranked program in division one. Chico State had University of Arizona on the ropes, holding the lead until early in the second half.“Being a division two school going up agains...

Love and support for five honored basketball players

Left to right: Mckena Barker, Madison Wong, Shay Stark, Isaiah Brooks, Malik Duffy Photo credit: Brandon Downs

Brandon Downs

March 18, 2019

Despite both teams missing the playoffs, five Chico State basketball players received recognition from the California Collegiate Athletic Association coaches for their hard work and success this season.The All-CCAA honors are broken down into three categories, with the division's brightest 10 stars ...

Men’s basketball loses to Dominguez Hills, but playoff hopes are still alive

Nate Ambrosini waiting for the action to come his way against Cal State East Bay on Jan. 8, 2019. Photo credit: Maury Montalvo

Matthew Ferreira

February 24, 2019

The Chico State Wildcats men’s basketball team lost their game against Cal State University Dominguez Hills on Saturday by a score of 73-64.The game was competitive throughout but Dominguez Hills was able to pull away with a 38 point second half.The Wildcats were on the right track at the start of ...

Ball security an issue in loss against CSU Los Angeles

Josh Lavergne shoots free-throws against Humboldt State on Feb. 2, 2019. 
Image credit: Jessica Bartlett/University Photographer.

Matthew Ferreira

February 22, 2019

The Wildcats men’s basketball team lost their game Thursday night to the Cal State University of Los Angeles by a score of 69-57. With the playoffs nearing and a potential spot for the Wildcats still a possibility the team knew that this game was as close to a must-win scenario as it gets.Unfortunately for Chico...

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

Brandon Downs

February 15, 2019

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...

Wildcats send Lucky Loggers packing

Marvin Timothy slams the ball in against Humboldt State Saturday night. Photo credit: Mathew Boe

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

February 3, 2019

Unfair calls and Humboldt State's aggressive defense was what Chico State faced Saturday night at Acker Gymnasium. It showed what the team was truly capable of as the Wildcats gutted out a 67-65 win over the Lucky Loggers. “Everyone stepped up, everyone played well it wasn’t a one person shine,”...

Chico State men’s basketball cruises in first win of the season

Chico State guard Nate Ambrosini gets ready to toss the ball in against Stanislaus State on Thursday night. Photo credit: Keelie Lewis

Wesley Harris

December 7, 2018

Chico State men's basketball earned their first win of the season in their home opener versus Stanislaus State with a ton to build off of. The Wildcats flipped the story of their cold spell shooting the ball and pieced together a complete game together on the defensive end.Chico State entered Thursday ...

Wildcats struggle for open shots in loss to San Francisco State

Sophomore Justin Briggs avoids defense and finds an open shot in a Chico's playoff matchup against Cal State San Bernardino last season in this archived image. Photo credit: Kate Angeles

Wesley Harris

December 2, 2018

Chico State men's basketball labored for open gaps in Saturday’s 65-49 loss to San Francisco State. This would only be the second game of the season for the Wildcats after having their first five games cancelled due to the Campfire. Chico State entered San Francisco after falling to UC San Diego...

Chico State men’s basketball falls in long-awaited season opener

Chico State Guard Calvin Geraci (red) pulls up for the three over UCSD forward Eric Patton (white) during the second half of a game on Saturday. Photo credit: Connor Mcpherson

Connor Mcpherson

November 25, 2018

A series of defensive breakdowns to start the second half proved to be the Wildcats undoing in their season opener, and despite a hard fought battle, Chico lost to University of California, San Diego 84-68 on Saturday. After a solid first half, CSU Chico looked ready to play down to the wire against the 1...

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