Men's basketball loses eighth game in a row

Though the Tritons returned to San Diego with two more losses on the weekend, the statistics put up by this year’s freshmen allude to a promising future for UCSD basketball. On Feb. 7, CSU Bakersfield was able to overcome the Tritons in the second half and win 67-50. Then the Tritons were beaten at CSU Stanislaus, 79-68, on Feb. 8.

In Bakersfield, the Tritons were able to enter the locker room at halftime with a five-point lead. However, Bakersfield came out in the second half and scored twice as many points as the Tritons. Again, it was not the lack of offensive opportunity, but the low shooting percentage that cost the Tritons the game.

On Feb. 8, UCSD had a higher shooting percentage than Stanislaus, but fewer shot attempts led to another loss. The Tritons were only down by two points at the half, but Stanislaus was able to increase its lead in the second half with 86 percent free-throw shooting and by attempting more shots than the Tritons, making their lower shooting percentage obsolete.

The future of UCSD rests on the younger players, two of whom led the Tritons in scoring on the weekend. Adam Snyder had the game-high in points both evenings with 13 points at Bakersfield and 17 in Turlock, Calif.

Matthew Sweeny was the second-leading scorer on the team on Feb. 7 with nine points, and third-leading scorer on Feb. 8, completing three baskets and making all of his six free throws, for a total of 12 points.

Returning players backed up these offensive performances. Junior Kyle Moyneur led the team in rebounds both evenings with 15 total rebounds on the weekend. Sean Crawford came off the bench to score 16 points against Stanislaus on Feb. 8, including four three-pointers.

The Tritons return to RIMAC Arena next weekend to face CSU Los Angeles on Feb. 14 and CSU Dominguez Hills on Feb. 15. They hope to repeat their performances against these opponents from earlier this year and sweep the weekend.