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March 3, 2010 > Pioneer seniors finish strong on senior night

Pioneer seniors finish strong on senior night

By Jeff Weisinger

For a team that lost 11 straight going into senior night, the Cal State East Bay men's basketball team let nothing stop them from finishing the year on a strong note as they defeated Sonoma State 94-82 in overtime on Friday, Feb. 26.

In his final game as a Pioneer, senior Jawaan Rubin led the Pioneers with 23 points as four Pioneers finished in double digits.

"What a great way for the senior to go out," said East Bay coach Will Biggs. "They rose to the occasion and played their best game of the season."

Down 70-59 with 4:54 left in the game, the Pioneers went on a 17-6 run to tie the game at 76-76 at the end of regulation.

In overtime, Frankie McWirt's three-point play to open the frame sparked East Bay's 18-point outburst as they cruised to the victory.

Much like East Bay, Sonoma State also had four players finish with double-digit points on the night, led by Will Olsem and Steven Pratt who had 19 points each.

Women's Basketball: East Bay 65, Sonoma State 68
After defeating Humboldt State on Thursday, Feb. 25, the Lady Pioneers could not overcome a 15-point halftime deficit, losing the season finale, 68-65, to Sonoma State Friday, Feb. 26.

"It was an emotional game and I wish we could've pulled it out," said East Bay coach Toni West.

The Lady Pioneers end the nightmarish season with a 2-25 record, 2-20 in CCAA play.

Claudia Nelson led East Bay with 20 points on the night with teammates Andrea Rodriguez and Natalie Montes both scoring 10.

The Lady Pioneers opened the game on a 8-0 run, however Sonoma finished the half outscoring East Bay 41-18.

East Bay would fight back in the second half, coming back within just two points in the game's final seconds, however Nelson's missed 3-pointer with under 10 seconds left ended the Lady Pioneer's chances at a last-second comeback.

Water Polo: East Bay 19, Occidental 11
After splitting last week's Seawolf Splash at Sonoma State, the East bay water polo team came back with a vengeance, ripping four in a row, sweeping at the Chapman Tournament at Chapman College over the weekend, winning the final game against Occidental College, 19-11.

The win puts East Bay at 12-6 halfway through the season with Arizona State coming up in the "Cal-Lu Fornia" tournament at Cal Lutheran over Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7.

Baseball: East Bay 7, Cal State Stanislaus 4
After going on a seven-game winless streak, including a tie called due to darkness, the Cal State East Bay baseball team seems to be back on track after defeating Cal State Stanislaus, 7-4, on Sunday, Feb. 28.

With the win, East Bay has won two of their last three going into its three-game home series against UC San Diego starting on Friday, March 5.

The Pioneers have scored a total of 20 runs in its last three games, including an 11-6 win over Patten University at home on Monday, Feb. 22.

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