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December 2, 2009 > Pioneers split Notre Dame de Namur Classic

Pioneers split Notre Dame de Namur Classic

By Jeff Weisinger

After defeating Notre Dame de Namur 71-64 on Friday, Nov. 27, the Cal State East Bay Pioneers Men's Basketball team could not push their record to 3-0 against Dominican on Saturday, instead falling to 2-1 with a 74-60 loss.

The Pioneers shot just 48.3 percent in their win against Notre Dame de Namur on Friday and followed that by shooting a mere 39.6 percent against Dominican on Saturday.

In Friday's win, the Pioneers went into halftime tied at 27 after trailing 21-14 with just under seven minutes remaining. Mark Samuels' free throw with 4:39 left in the half tied the game for East Bay as they went on a 13-6 run to end the half.

In the second half, a 3-pointer by Melvin Fleming and a basket by Saeed Gaston gave East Bay the go-ahead six-point lead, 45-39, with 13:17 left, and the Pioneers would never look back taking the first game of the tournament.

Will Freedman went six for nine from the floor, scoring 12 points on the night with Adam Green also scoring 12.

Saturday's match against Dominican was a completely different story. The Pioneers could not break away from Dominican, taking no more than a three-point lead three times in the first half as Dominican proved to be too much for East Bay.

Dominican took the go ahead 26-25 lead off a dunk by Austin Bryan with 4:45 left in the half, and never gave up the lead from that point on, taking a 37-26 halftime lead and going up by as much as 18 as Dominican handed East Bay their first loss of the season.

Mark Samuels and Demetrius Owens each had 10 points in the losing effort for East Bay.

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