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February 4, 2014 > Pioneer shooting cold in loss to Toros

Pioneer shooting cold in loss to Toros

Submitted By Steve Connolly

The Cal State East Bay men's basketball team earned a split in its season series with Cal State Dominguez Hills, following a 78-59 road loss to the Toros on February 1st. Jarred Jourdan set a career high with 20 points, but the Pioneers (7-13, 4-10 CCAA) shot just 33.3 percent from the field as a team. CSUDH pulls even with East Bay at 4-10 in conference play as they beat the Pioneers for the fifth straight year at the Torodome.

Dominguez Hills jumped out to their lead early in the first half and controlled nearly the entire game. The Pioneers simply couldn't get any shots to fall, and they found themselves in foul trouble all night. East Bay scored just 23 points in the first half and went 1-for-18 from behind the arc.

"All the credit goes to Dominguez Hills and Coach Steve Becker for how they competed and defended us all night," said head coach Gus Argenal. "We could not get in a rhythm offensively, and we struggled to guard the three-point line in the first half. We played hard, but we struggled to execute on both ends tonight."

The Pioneers actually had the edge in rebounding, 45 to 37, thanks to 12 offensive boards. However, the difference in the game was at the free throw line. East Bay was called for a season-high 31 fouls, and the Toros attempted 47 free throws -- 31 more than the Pioneers attempted. There were also four technical fours assessed -- two to each squad -- in what became a chippy, physical game.

Jourdan had his best scoring night in a Pioneer uniform, playing a team-high 32 minutes. He was 8-for-14 from the floor and pulled in three offensive rebounds. The Oakland native reached double figures in scoring for the second straight game, but he was the only East Bay player to accomplish that feat tonight.

After failing to grab more than five rebounds for six straight games, senior Ryan Hebebrand broke out with 11 boards in this game, including five on the offensive end. He also scored seven points.

Paramvir Singh came off the bench and got into the scoring column for the first time this year, posting seven points and six rebounds (both career highs). Freshman Kyle Frakes had six points (3-6 FG) and three rebounds. Senior Gabe Kindred managed just six points before fouling out after 19 minutes. Donavon Jackson pulled in five rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.

Junior Jacari Whitfield had four points and five rebounds. After shooting 58 percent from three over his last four games, Whitfield couldn't get it to fall tonight, going 0-for-6 from deep. Nick Grieves addded five points, but he was also just 1-for-5 from beyond the arc.

Senior guard Mark Samuels, the team's second-leading scorer, missed the game due to an injury suffered last night at Cal State L.A. Jourdan got his first start of the season in Samuels' place.

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