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Wildcats out of NCAA Tournament

Senior guard Mike Rosaroso shooting against a Cal Poly Pomona defender on Feb. 7. Photo credit: Gustavo Ornelas

Lars Gustafson

March 15, 2015

The Chico State men’s basketball team's season came to an end on Friday night with a loss to the California Baptist Lancers, 67-61. It was a close game with three Wildcat seniors finishing a four-year run at the NCAA tournament. Seniors Jordan Barton, Mike Rosaroso, and Jordan Semple combined for 92 win...

Wildcats on the prowl for playoff glory

The Chico State men's basketball team's starting five players huddle up prior to a play in a game against Cal State L.A. on Jan. 30. Photo credit: Caio Calado

Julie Ortega

March 11, 2015

In its 100th season, the Chico State men's basketball team has made the NCAA Championship Tournament for the fourth time in a row. The Wildcats' success this season has set the team's bar high for expectations. Before clinching a spot in the playoffs, the team went on a 10-game winning streak — one of the longest since 2...

Wildcats lose in tournament finals

Senior Jordan Semple and junior Tanner Giddings battle against San Francisco State players for a rebound on Jan. 16. Photo credit: Caio Calado

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

March 10, 2015

The Chico State men's basketball team came up short of a conference championship against Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday night, with a final score of 62-57 in overtime. Both teams matched each other's steps in the beginning of the game. The biggest seperation between the two teams in the first half came with 7:56 left ...

‘Cats advance to conference finals

Senior Jordan Semple advances the ball up court while being chased down by a Cal State L.A. opponent on Jan. 30 Photo credit: Caio Calado

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

March 7, 2015

Despite committing 21 turnovers, the Wildcats battled their way to a 72-60 victory in the semifinals against Cal State Stanislaus on Friday night. The 'Cats played tough on the defensive end. They found their rhythm on offense to jump out to a 30-20 lead with six minutes remaining in the first half. The Warriors then w...

‘Cats prepare for playoff push

Tanner Giddings, Forward for the Wildcats, bodying up against a Cal State East Bay defender Photo credit: Gustavo Ornelas

Lars Gustafson

March 5, 2015

You could feel the emotion and the love for Chico State basketball when Jordan Semple had a monster block shot with 2:36 seconds remaining in the first half during Senior Night against Cal State East Bay. The Wildcats won a tough, physical game against the Cal State East Bay Pioneers, 87-61, to...

Wildcats look back at game-winning shots

Chico State's Hannah Womack shoots for a three-pointer during a faceoff against Cal State L.A. on Jan. 30 in Acker Gym. Photo credit: Malik Payton

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

March 2, 2015

As a kid, every basketball player dreams of it. Playing basketball in the backyard, the countdown of "three ... two ... one" and recreating the sound of the buzzer as the shot sails into the basket. Rarely do basketball players actually hit a game-winning shot outside of their backyards, but senior guards Mike Rosaroso and Hannah ...

Wildcats extends their win streak to six

Chico State's Mike Rosaroso being guarded by Los Angeles State's Chris Martin on Jan 30. Photo credit: Caio Calado

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

January 31, 2015

The Wildcats held off a late serge from Cal State L.A. to extend their win streak to six with a final score of 64-59. The 'Cats went up early in the first half and never let the lead go. Going into halftime the Wildcats led 33-21. Cal State L.A. came roaring back in the second half, actually outscoring Chico Stat...

Men’s basketball team crushes William Jessup

Robert Duncan scored 21 points to lead Chico State on Tuesday night. Photo courtesy Chico Wildcats.

Angelo Boscacci

November 26, 2014

[box]Chico State 97, William Jessup 64Jordan Semple becomes 15th player in school history to get 1,000 pointsThe offense shot 66.7% for the night10-17 on 3-point attempts43 points off the bench[/box]Chico State's men's basketball team extended its winning streak to three games after its thrashing of William Je...

Wildcats enter season highly ranked by NCAA

Freshman Jalen McFerren gets around senior Mike Rosaroso during a practice early last week. Photo credit: John Domogma

Angelo Boscacci

November 9, 2014

Last season ended at the NCAA Elite Eight in Indianapolis for Chico State's men's basketball team, after losing by 15 to University of South Carolina Aiken. Fresh off that historic appearance, the Wildcats come into the new season ranked 15th in the nation by the NCAA Division II preseason coaches poll."...

Bench players keep Wildcat basketball on point

benjamin marquez

January 21, 2014

The unsung 'Cats of the Chico State men's basketball team are bringing the roar to opponents, one substitution at a time. The Wildcats are currently 11-3 overall and currently sit in fourth place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Div. II standings. A key success of the 'Cats winning formula h...

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