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December 9, 2009 > East Bay hoops fall in conference opener

East Bay hoops fall in conference opener

By Jeff Weisinger

A 2-0 start is now overshadowed by a three-game losing streak, including two over the weekend, as the Cal State East Bay Pioneers men's basketball team lost 64-37 to Cal State Pomona on Friday, Dec. 4, and 77-53 to Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday, putting them 2-3 overall with an 0-2 record in conference play.

East Bay struggled in the first half on Friday night's loss, trailing 30-14 at the half. Pomona jumped out early in the first half, going on an 11-1 run in the first 10 minutes. East Bay shot a mere 26.9 percent on the night, making just a total of 14 shots.

The 37 points scored is the lowest total scored for East Bay in the young season. Melvin Flemings led the Pioneers with seven points.

East Bay fought back on Saturday, however, against Cal State San Bernardino, despite losing 77-53. The Pioneers only trailed by 12 at halftime, 38-26. However, San Bernardino took charge in the second half, outscoring East Bay 39-27.

Frankie McWirt led East Bay with 11 points in the losing effort.

East Bay will look to end their three-game skid at home against Seattle Pacific on Saturday, Dec. 12.


Women's Basketball

The Lady Pioneers are still looking for their first win of the season, as they fell to 0-5 after losing 72-40 to Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Pioneers have been held under 50 points in three of their five losses so far this year, including a 62-48 loss on Friday, Dec. 4, to Cal State Pomona.

Despite shooting only 24 percent from the field, East Bay kept it close with San Bernardino, only trailing 34-22 at halftime. But San Bernardino came out strong in the second half, going on a 16-5 run in the first 10 minutes.

Claudia Nelson led the Lady Pioneers with 13 points.

The Lady Pioneers will look to win their first game of the season at Central Washington on Saturday, Dec. 12.

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