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March 18, 2009 > Cal State East Bay falls in NAIA tourney

Cal State East Bay falls in NAIA tourney

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Cal State East Bay (CSEB) took its momentum from winning the Cal Pac Conference title straight to Point Lookout, Missouri, hoping to use that to launch them to a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II men's basketball championship. However, the momentum must have been rerouted, as CSEB went one-and-done.

In the NAIA tournament for the fifth time in school history, and first since the 2003-04 season, the Pioneers of CSEB took on #5-seeded Black Hills State of South Dakota on Thursday, March 12.

CSEB (unseeded by the tournament committee) kept the game tight throughout. At the half, Black Hills State raced out to a 30-17 advantage.

Tri-City Voice Athlete of the Month for March, Tauran Moore, exploded in the second half, willing his team back into the game. CSEB climbed on the back of Moore, who nailed seven 3's in the game, giving CSEB a lead, 47-41.

Unfortunately for CSEB, Moore was the only member of the team who cracked into double digits. After Moore's 31 points, Shea Frazee's nine points was the next best effort.

CSEB came up short - even with a 41-32 output in the second half - 62-58. All is not lost with this group of Pioneers. Next season, they will bring back starters Moore (Cal Pac Player of the Year as a junior) and sophomore forward Will Freedman. They will lose senior starters, Finis Jones, Shea Frazee and Jamil Muchill.

Next season will also be the first season for CSEB in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Division II sports.

Tauran Moore took a few minutes to talk about basketball, his favorite sport outside of basketball, and much more in TCV's Athlete of the Month feature. Log onto www.tricityvoice.com/sports and see what the Cal Pac Player of the Year had to say about

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