2005-06 Season Archive

03/07/06
Bocian and Argenal named to All-CCAA teams
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State’s Andy Bocian was named to the All-CCAA First Team by a recent vote of the head coaches. Justin Argenal received All-CCAA Second Team honors.

Bocian, a 6’6” sophomore forward from Pleasanton, finished third in the CCAA in scoring (18.6 ppg) and free-throw percentage (.803). He was 10th in field-goal percentage (.496) and 14th in rebounding (5.6 rpg).

Argenal, a freshman guard from Lafayette, led the CCAA in assists (5.44 apg), was second in steal (2.44 spg), and finished 22nd in scoring (10.6).

Sonoma State's Vince Inglima was named the CCAA's Most Valuable Player and Sonoma coach Pat Fuscaldo was given Coach of the Year honors. Larry Gordon from Cal Poly Pomona was named the Freshman of the Year.

03/04/06
Wildcats finish season with 80-69 victory over Cal State L.A.
Bocian 11th player in school history to score 500
CHICO - The Chico State basketball team finished the season on a high note with its second straight win, besting Cal State L.A. 80-69 Saturday night. In the process, Andy Bocian scored 32 points to become the 11th player in Chico State history to score 500 points in a season. Cal State L.A. post player Jontae Vinson finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Wildcats, who featured only one senior, Pat Galos, finished the season with a record of 9-18 overall and 8-12 in the CCAA. Galos was ejected in his last game as a Wildcat, along with the Golden Eagles’ Junior Rodriguez, after the two got into a scrum after battling for a rebound. Cal State L.A. finished the year 10-17 overall and 7-13 in the CCAA.

Chico State led for much of the night, but the Golden Eagles drew even on David Lester’s 3-pointer with eight minutes to play. The lead changed hands five times over the next five minutes before the Wildcats took the lead for good on Justin Argenal’s jumper with three minutes to play. Olajuwon Jones then fed Andy Bocian for a layup to make it 70-65 Chico State. The dagger came on the Wildcats’ next possession when Argenal notched a steal and then fed Bocian for a 3-pointer.

Argenal finished with two steals to bring his season total to 66 and set the Chico State freshman record. His total is the third highest in the school’s history. Argenal also dished out six assists to bring his season total to 147, the fifth most in school history.

03/03/06
Men's basketball team stuns Bakersfield 73-69
Andy Bocian made a pair of free throws with three seconds left and the Chico State men’s basketball team held off Cal State Bakersfield for a 73-69 win that sent shockwaves throughout the CCAA Friday night. Chico State’s win, its second in the last 10 games, coupled with Sonoma State’s win at Cal State San Bernardino, knocked the Roadrunners’ out of a first-place tie with Sonoma State.

Bakersfield had a chance to tie or take the lead with the ball and seven seconds remaining, but Tim Barnes was called for traveling with three seconds remaining. Chico State improved to 8-18 overall and 7-12 in the CCAA. Cal State Bakersfield dropped to 19-7 overall and 14-5 in the CCAA.

Pat Galos led Chico State with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Point guard Justin Argenal scored 17 points and notched five rebounds, four steals, three assists, while turning the ball over just once in 34 minutes. Andy Bocian chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds.

Barnes led Cal State Bakersfield with 18 points, five assists, and four steals. Antonio Griffin scored 12 points on just 5-of-15 shooting. Marlon Mitchell finished with 11 points.

The Wildcats hit 11-of-22 shots from beyond the arc, including 9-of-15 prior to intermission half en route to a 45-34 halftime lead. Galos and Argenal hit three treys apiece in the first half. Bakersfield’s only lead of the game came on Randall Harding’s 3-pointer on the Roadrunners’ first possession.

Chico State’s lead grew to 57-42 on a pair of Galos free throws with 15:05 to play, but the Roadrunners steadily cut into that advantage over the following 12 minutes, and Dwaun Rice’s 3-pointer trimmed the lead to 68-67 with 3:24 to play. Chico State’s Travis Harris answered with a layup, but Bakersfield’s Randall Harding scored to make it 70-69 with 1:04 left. Argenal made one-of-two free throws with 16 seconds to play, setting up the Roadrunners’ final chance to tie or win it.

The Wildcats wrap up their season at home against Cal State L.A. Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

02/25/06
Men's basketball team drops two on the road
The road struggles continued this weekend for the Chico State men’s basketball team, as they dropped a pair of California Collegiate Athletic Conference games. On Friday, the Wildcats could not hold on to a second-half lead and fell 68-64 to San Francisco State. The next night, Sonoma State recorded 15 three pointers to beat the Wildcats 92-82.

The Wildcats, who have lost four straight and their last six on the road, drop to 7-18 overall, 6-12 in CCAA play.

Against San Francisco (1-22, 1-26), Chico State held an early 10-point lead in the second half, but the Gators went on a 10-0 run to tie the score at 45-45 with 10 minutes remaining. The game went back and forth with both teams holding slim leads throughout the half.

The Gators went on a 6-2 run to take a four-point lead, 66-62, with 18 seconds remaining, but Justin Argenal cut it to 66-64 with 14 seconds left. After two missed Gator free throws, the Wildcats put up a three pointer for the win, but it didn’t go. The Gators hit two free throws to seal their first win of the season, 68-64.

Argenal led the way for Chico State with 19 points and nine assists. Andy Bocian chipped in 16 and Brian Erickson came off the bench to score 11 points.

S.F.’s Will Logan topped all scorers with 23 points. Oscar Edward finished with 19 points and eight rebounds for the Gators.

On Saturday in Rohnert Park, the game opened with several minutes of even play, but the Seawolves pulled away in the first half, thanks to 11 three-pointers. SSU led by 19 points with 5:00 left before Chico went on a 16-3 run to end the half down only six, 50-44.

Bocian led all players with 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field. Argenal had a solid all-around game with 24 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and four steals.

Sonoma (16-8, 14-4) outrebounded Chico State 29-19. Vince Inglima led the Seawolves with 25 points, including five three pointers. Kevin Christensen hit five three-pointers for 15 points and J.T. Tipton posted a double-double with a 12-point, 10-rebound effort.

The Wildcats wrap up CCAA play with home games against Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State L.A. next weekend.

02/21/06
Argenal a silver lining in frustrating season for men's basketball
Chico State freshman point guard Justin Argenal keeps moving on up the national rankings in assists and steals per game. Last week, Argenal ranked 44th in the nation in assists per game and 39th in the nation in steals per game. But he averaged 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game over the weekend to climb higher.

Argenal is now averaging 2.4 steals per game, the 26th highest total in the nation, and 5.3 assists per game, the 38th highest total in the nation. He’s on pace to finish for third in Chico State single-season history in assists and fifth in steals.

02/18/06
Long distance love affair breaks the hearts of men's basketball team again
CHICO - The Chico State men’s basketball team hoisted up 33 three-pointers and knocked down just nine in a 67-54 loss to Cal Poly Pomona at Acker Gym Saturday night. Olajuwon Jones missed all seven of his attempts from beyond the arc and Justin Argenal and Jarred Contente were each 3-of-7 as the Wildcats lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.

Rebounding was also a recurring problem for the Wildcats, who were outrebounded 37-23.  Hervey Malone II and Larry Gordon pulled down seven rebounds apiece for the Broncos. Malone II and Kaelen Daniels led Cal Poly Pomona, which improved to 14-9 overall and 10-6 in the CCAA, with 12 points apiece. Justin Argenal and Pat Galos scored 13 points each to lead Chico State, which fell to 7-16 overall and 6-10 in the CCAA.

Argenal did provide one bright spot by collecting his 55th steal of the season, moving him into a tie for eighth place with Tim Haley and Jake Hodges on the school’s single-season top 10 list. He finished with three steals, four assists, and four rebounds.

02/17/06
Wildcats die by the three in 75-67 loss
CHICO - The Chico State men’s basketball team made just 7-of-32 three-pointers and got outrebounded 53-38 in a 75-67 loss to Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday night at Acker Gym.

Mike Steed led the Toros (9-13, 6-9 CCAA) with 18 points. Andy Bocian led the Wildcats (7-15, 6-9 CCAA) with 17 points, but shot just 6-of-21.

Pat Galos played well off the bench for Chico State, tallying 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Jarred Contente scored 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Brandon Sligh scored 11 points.

Trevon Bryant finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Toros. Nibo Noso came off the bench to shoot 8-of-14 and scored 17 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds.

The Wildcats are back in action Saturday night when they host Cal Poly Pomona at 7:30.

02/15/06
Freshman Argenal dishing and stealing like a veteran
Chico State men’s basketball point guard Justin Argenal is a freshman, but he hasn’t played like one thus far this season. Argenal leads the Wildcats in games, minutes, assists, and steals. He’s also made his presence felt on a national level, and ranks among the nation’s top 50 players in assists and steals according to the latest NCAA statistics released Wednesday.

Argenal’s 2.3 steals per game is the 39th best total in the nation, and his 5.1 assists per game are 44th. Among freshmen, Argenal ranks fourth in the nation in both categories. As a team, Chico State ranks 30th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game at 8.4.

02/11/06
Bocian's 3-pointer with one second left wins it for Wildcats
CHICO - Andy Bocian sank a long 3-pointer with one second remaining to give the Chico State men’s basketball team a thrilling 60-57 victory over visiting Cal State San Bernardino Saturday night at Acker Gym. The win snapped Chico State’s five-game losing streak and gave them three wins in their last four outings against the Coyotes.

After Brandon Slight made one-of-two free throws with 47 seconds remaining, San Bernardino had a chance to win it, but Curtis Williams missed a fall-away shot in the lane and Olajuwon Jones ripped down the rebound for the ‘Cats. After a timeout, Wildcats point guard Justin Argenal dribbled right while Bocian curled around a screen. As Bocian passed by Argenal, he flipped him the ball and screened the approaching defender, giving Bocian just enough time to let a 23-footer fly. It found nothing but the bottom of the net.

Chico State improved to 7-14 overall and 6-8 in the CCAA with the win. Cal State San Bernardino dropped to 10-10 overall and 9-5 in the CCAA.

Bocian led all scorers with 19 points. Jones finished with seven points and a season-best 10 rebounds. Argenal scored 11 points, pulled down eight rebounds, and dished out seven assists.

Williams’ 12 points led Cal State San Bernardino, which shot just 35-percent. Geoffrey Clayton and James Perkins chipped in 11 points apiece.

Chico State led for most of the game, but San Bernardino took its first lead of the second half, 51-50, on James Perkins’ jumper with 4:59 to play.

Rodney Lewis, who was seeing his first action of the night after two of his teammates fouled out, sank a 3-pointer to give Chico State the lead back.

After a Williams 3-pointer gave San Bernardino a 56-53 advantage, Lewis buried another three to knot the game with two minutes to play.

Chico State is back in action at home next weekend when it hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday and Cal Poly Pomona Saturday. Both games are scheduled to tip off at 7:30.

02/10/06
Slow night for Chico State men who drop fifth straight
CHICO - A plodding UC San Diego offense, coupled with a strong defensive effort, limited the Chico State men’s basketball team to less than a shot attempt per minute in a frustrating 70-56 loss to the Tritons Friday night at Acker Gym. The Wildcats took just 38 shots, 18 of which they converted on, and also turned the ball over 21 times. The loss was Chico State’s fifth straight.

UC San Diego’s Robby Peters dominated the game from an offensive standpoint, burying 8-of-11 three-pointers on the way to 27 points. Clint Allard finished with 13 points for the Tritons, who improved to 10-12 overall and 7-6 in the CCAA.

Andy Bocian paced Chico State with 17 points despite playing just six minutes of the first half due to foul trouble. Justin Argenal scored nine points and dished out seven assists for the Wildcats, who dropped to 6-14 overall and 5-8 in the CCAA.

Chico State hosts Cal State San Bernardino Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

02/04/06
Argenal can't steal away win for men's basketball team
SEASIDE - Freshman point guard Justin Argenal matched a Chico State men's basketball record with eight steals, but the Wildcats were outscored 27-6 down the stretch in an 80-66 loss at Cal State Monterey Bay Saturday night. Argenal now shares the record with Deon Robinson, who did it twice in 1998, and Jay Harrie (1995).

Argenal led the Wildcats (6-13, 5-7 CCAA) with 18 points. Brandon Slight scored 14. More than half of the Wildcats' shots were from beyond the arc, however, and they hit just 10-of-33. Cal State Monterey got a 22-point, 10-rebound performance from Devoughn Lamont and improved to 8-14 overall and 5-7 in the CCAA with the win.

Chico State is back in action Friday when it hosts UC San Diego at 7:30 p.m. The Wildcats finish the season by playing six of their final eight games at home beginning with that matchup.

02/01/06
Men's basketball loses at Stanislaus
TURLOCK - Andy Bocian scored 21 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, but the Chico State men’s basketball team never recovered from a slow start and dropped a 91-76 decision at Cal State Stanislaus Wednesday night. The Wildcats fell behind 22-6 in the opening minutes en route to their fourth loss in the last five games.

The Wildcats dropped to 6-12 overall and 5-6 in the CCAA, while Cal State Stanislaus improved to 5-9 overall and 2-5 in the CCAA. The Warriors’ victory was just their second in the last nine games against Chico State.

Justin Argenal scored 17 points and dished out five assists for Chico State. Brandon Sligh chipped in season-high 16 points off the bench, and Brian Erickson notched a career-high seven steals to go along with 12 points.

The Wildcats go back on the road to face Cal State Monterey Bay Saturday at 7:30 before returning home where they’ll play six of their last eight games.

02/01/06
Argenal 49th in assists per game, 54th in steals
Chico State freshman point guard Justin Argenal continues to rank among the nation’s top freshmen point guards. He’s currently 49th in the nation in assists per game, including fourth among freshmen, at 5.1. He also ranks 54th overall and third among freshmen in steals per game at 2.2

Meanwhile, Argenal’s sophomore teammate, Andy Bocian, is turning heads with his scoring ability. Bocian ranks 59th in the nation in scoring at 18.8 points per game, which is the 11th highest total among freshmen and sophomores. Since Bocian took over a starting role in the fifth game of the season, he’s averaged 21.6 points per game.

01/28/06
'Cats comeback falls just short in Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD -– The Chico State men’s basketball team fought back valiantly after a disastrous first half, but ran out of time in the end in an 83-76 at Cal State Bakersfield Saturday night. The Wildcats outscored Bakersfield 48-35 in the second half behind Andy Bocian’s 17 points after intermission.

After trailing 48-28 at the half, they got as close as 71-67 on Bocian’s free throw at the 3:05 mark. The Roadrunners made 8-of-8 free throws down the stretch to wrap up the victory, however. Cal State Bakersfield improved to 13-4 overall and 8-2 in the CCAA with the victory. Chico State (6-11, 5-5 CCAA) dropped back into a tie for fourth place in the CCAA.

Florida State transfer Antonio Griffin scored a season-high 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to pace Cal State Bakersfield. Dwuan Rice pumped in 15 points. Randall Harding finished with 10 points and four steals.

Brian Erickson helped lead Chico State’s comeback, tying his season’s best mark with 15 points and pulled down a season-best nine rebounds. Justin Argenal finished with 15 points, three assists, and three steals. Travis Harris notched season highs in points (10) and rebounds (four).

Chico State is back in action Wednesday night when it travels to take on Cal State Stanislaus.

01/27/06
Wildcats squander halftime lead, fall to Cal State L.A. on the road
Los Angeles - Chico State's Olajuwon Jones scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the first half and hit four 3-pointers, but the Wildcats squandered a seven-point halftime lead and lost to Cal State L.A., 77-55, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association game Friday night.

After Chico State (6-10, 5-4 CCAA) led 36-24 with 2:02 left in the first half, the Golden Eagles (7-9, 4-5) went on a 40-6 run to take a 22-point lead with seven minutes remaining in the game.

Andy Bocian added 10 points for Chico State, and Bocian, Justin Argenal and Pat Galos all had six rebounds apiece.

Jontae Vinson had game-highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds for CSLA, while Gene Myvett added 19 points for the Golden Eagles.

The Wildcats take on Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday at 7:30.

01/25/06
Bocian, Argenal among nation's best
Wildcats point guard Justin Argenal and forward/center Andy Bocian are both among the NCAA's statistical leaders released this week. Bocian weighs in at No. 53 in the nation in scoring at 19.2 points per game. Argenal rose nine spots to 38th in assists per game (5.3) this week. His 2.1 assists per game are the 68th highest total in the nation.

As a team, the Wildcats are among the nation's top 50 in 3-point field goals per game (8.8). They rank 31st in free throw percentage (73.5) and 49th in scoring offense (78.8).

01/21/06
Defense and nice paint job nets Wildcat men victory
CHICO - For the second night in a row Chico State big men Andy Bocian and Pat Galos were unstoppable on the offensive end, combining for 41 points on 64-percent shooting. And Saturday night against visiting San Francisco State, the Wildcats were good enough defensively to turn that showing into an 88-61 victory.

The Wildcats tallied 15 steals and forced the visiting Gators (0-14, 0-8 CCAA) into 28 turnovers. They also held San Francisco State to 45-percent shooting; not great, but much better than the 60-percent they allowed Friday night in a loss to Sonoma State.

Chico State improved to 6-9 overall, and more importantly, 5-3 in the CCAA. As a result, the Wildcats moved into fourth place alone in the conference standings. They trail second-place Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State Bakersfield by one game.

Galos poured in a season-high 23 points and matched his season best in rebounding with 10 for his second double-double in as many nights. Bocian scored 18 points and dished out a season-high five assists thanks to the many double-teams he faced. Ryan Smith chipped in a season-high 10 points off the bench.

Oscar Edwards led San Francisco State with 17 points. Will Logan added nine points and a trio of steals.

The Wildcats take the road to face Cal State L.A. and Cal State Bakersfield next Friday and Saturday, respectively.

01/20/06
Bocian scores career-high 37, but Wildcats lose
CHICO - The battle in the paint was epic. Chico State’s Andy Bocian scored a career-high 37 points, while teammate Pat Galos finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks. Sonoma State’s J.T. Tipton countered with 26 points, and small forward Vince Inglima spent most of the night driving to the basket to finish with 29 points. The difference in Sonoma State’s 96-85 win was point guard Kevin Christensen, who dished out 11 assists and made three steals to go along with his 10 points and four rebounds.

Sonoma State (9-4, 7-0 CCAA) remained undefeated in CCAA action and alone atop the conference standings with the victory. Chico State dropped to 5-9 overall and 4-3 in the CCAA.

Bocian’s 37 points are the ninth most in Chico State single game history, and better his high of 36 scored earlier this year. He made 13-of-19 field goals, 3-of-5 treys, and 8-of-10 free throws.

Bocian scored 23 points in the first half, but the Wildcats still trailed 47-42 at the break thanks to Sonoma State’s 16-for-17 performance from the line in the first half. Sonoma State’s lead grew to 78-63 on Paul Shamieh’s 3-pointer with 10:24 to play, but the Wildcats chipped away at the lead and cut it to four on three separate occasions. Olajuwon Jones’ layup at the 3:28 mark made it 88-84 and marked the last time the Wildcats were within four points.

Tipton made a free throw and Christensen grabbed a steal and hit a jump shot to put the Seawolves in command 87-80 with 1:24 remaining.

Sonoma State is back on the road Saturday for a showdown with Cal State Stanislaus. Chico State hosts San Francisco State Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

01/18/06
Freshman Argenal still dishing it with the best
Wildcats freshman point guard Justin Argenal currently ranks 47th in the nation in assists per game at 5.2. He has dished out four or more assists in 11 straight games for the Wildcats while entrenching himself as the team's starting point guard.

Meanwhile, the Chico State team is ranked 18th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (9.0) and 50th in field goal percentage (72.4).

01/14/06
Five players hit double digits in win over Dominguez
CARSON, Calif. – The Chico State men's basketball team had five players in double figures to come out on top of a hard-fought battle. The Wildcats beat Cal State Dominguez Hills 80-76 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association game on Saturday night to complete a sweep of the conference weekend roadtrip and improve their record to 4-2 in CCAA play, 5-8 overall.

Andy Bocian led the team for the second straight night with 16 points and seven rebounds. Olajuwon Jones netted 15 points and four assists. Pat Galos recorded 13 points and hit two-of-two three pointers. Justin Argenal finished the game with 11 points and a team high six assists and Michael Stockhammer tallied 10 points.

Dominguez Hills' Carlos Rivers led all scorers with 21 points and Mario Malave added 16 points for the Toros.

Despite being outshot 58 percent to 41 percent and outrebounded, 38-32, the Wildcats outscored the Toros (4-8, 2-4 CCAA) by two points each half for the four-point final victory. The score was 39-37 at halftime.

The Wildcats are back in Acker Gym this weekend as they host Sonoma State and San Francisco State on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Tip off for both games is 7:30.

01/13/06
Bocian comes up big in win over Pomona
POMONA - Andy Bocian scored 23 points and added 11 rebounds and the Chico State men's basketball team shot 60 percent from the field, routing host Cal Poly Pomona 76-61 Friday in Pomona.

Olajuwon Jones had 17 points and Michael Stockhammer added 14 for the Wildcats (4-8, 3-2 California Collegiate Athletic Association).

"It was a great win for us," Chico State coach Puck Smith said. "It was our first road win of the year against a team that was in second place. It was a major gut check and I'm really proud of the way we repsonded."

Chico State shot 60 percent from beyond the arc, including 7-of-10 in the first half in building a 43-25 halftime lead. Jones had four 3-pointers while Stockhammer had three and Justin Argenal added two on the night.

The Wildcats were also 16-for-17 from the free throw line and outrebounded the Broncos 31-18.

Dion Cook led Pomona (7-5, 3-2) with 17 points.

Chico travels to Carson to take on Cal State Dominguez Hills tomorrow night.

01/10/06
Argenal among nation's assist leaders
Wildcats freshman point guard Justin Argenal has started the last six games for the Wildcats, and in the process, he has moved into the nation's top 50 in assists per game at 5.3. That number is fourth in the nation freshmen. In his last six starts, Argenal has averaged 6.8 dimes per game.

01/07/06
Wildcats lose to UC San Diego
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Chico State’s offense struggled, shooting just 20 percent from the floor in the second half, in a 61-41 loss to UC San Diego in a California Collegiate Athletic Association contest.

The 41 points is the fewest scored by the Wildcats in Puck Smith's 18-plus years as head coach.

The Wildcats drop to 2-2 in conference play, 3-8 overall. UCSD improves to 4-8 overall, 1-3 in the CCAA.

Chico State trailed by one point at halftime on 47 percent shooting, but was outscored 35-16 in the second period.

Andy Bocian led all scorers with 16 points and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds in the loss for the Wildcats. Rodney Lewis had six points and Justin Argenal contributed six assists.

Henry Patterson led the way for UCSD with 14 points, while Shane Poppen and Clint Allard added12 and 10, respectively.

The Wildcats hit the road again this weekend with games at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

01/06/06
Andy Bocian's 32 points not enough for Wildcat win
SAN BERNARDINO – Chico State’s Andy Bocian was 14-of-19 from the filed and poured in a game-high 32 points, but the Wildcats couldn’t shake a resilient Cal State San Bernardino team and lost 67-59 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association contest Friday night.

The Wildcats fall to 3-7 overall, 2-1 in CCAA play. San Bernardino snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 3-6, 2-1.

San Bernardino never trailed in the game and led 34-26 at halftime. In the second half, the Coyotes built the lead to a 40-26 advantage with 17:55 left in the game only to see the Wildcats roar back, outscoring CSUSB 29-16 over the next 13 minutes to trim the Coyotes lead to one point at 56-55 on a free throw by Olajuwon Jones. The Coyotes responded with a run of their own in the final 4:24, outscoring Chico 13-2 down the stretch.

Freshman guard Justin Argenal had a game-high six assists and a team-high nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who were outrebounded 45-23 in the game. Pat Galos had 11 points and Brian Erickson recorded 10 points. The Wildcats got no scoring help from the bench, which combined went 0-for-8.

San Bernardino was led by Yoseph Yaisrael’s 16 points and Geoffrey Clayton netted 13 points. Chet Johnson recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Chico State travels to UC San Diego for a Saturday night game at 7:30.

12/18/05
Wildcats drop two games in Humboldt Tournament
ARCATA, Calif. - The Chico State men's basketball team lost both games at the Lawrence R. DeBeni Classic hosted by Humboldt State, falling to the host 85-71 and Alaska Fairbanks 88-80.

In their contest on Sunday, the 'Cats came out on the short end of a three-point shooting exhibition with Alaska Fairbanks. Alaska Fairbanks hit 6 of its first 7 three-pointers on the way to a 21-10 early lead. The Nanooks finished the night 14 of 24 (58%) from beyond the arc. Chico State was 9 of 16 (56%) from the same distance in the game.

Chico State trailed 44-35 at the half and outscored the Nanooks 45-44 in the second half, but it wasn't enought to overcome the deficit.

Olajuwon Jones scored 14 points to pace five Wildcats scoring in double digits. Jarred Contente and Andy Bocian each added 11, while Michael Stockhammer and Justin Argenal both scored 10 for the 3-6 Wildcats. Argenal led all players with nine assists.

Argenal was named to the All-Tournament team along with Chris Jordan and Kenny Barker from Alaska Fairbanks, and Kevin Johnson and MVP Jermiah Ward from Humboldt State.

In the Wildcats first game of the Classic, they couldn't contain Humboldt State's Johnson, who scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Lumberjacks past Chico State, 85-71.

The Lumberjacks threatened to pull away from the Wildcats several times Friday, but couldn't shake free until putting together a 6-0 surge with five minutes remaining. Ward hit three three-pointers and a layup in the final four minutes of the game, helping the Jacks build a 17-point lead.

Chico State, which rallied from 15 points down to trail by only three points at halftime, was led in scoring by Justin Argenal's 18 points. Pat Galos came off the bench to score 15 and Andy Bocian had 13, both players benefitting from Argenal's impressive total of a season-high 10 assists.

12/13/05
Wildcats head north for Humboldt Tournament
Sunday game broadcast moved to Sports Fan AM 1340
After a nine-day break from game play, the Wildcats return to the hardwood for the Lawrence R. Debeni Classic hosted by Humboldt State, Dec. 17-18. Due to previous scheduling commitments, Sunday's game will move from KPAY radio to Sports Fan 1340.

On Saturday the Wildcats look to avenge an earlier loss to Humboldt State at the Mac Martin Memorial Game on Nov. 26. The Lumberjacks beat the Wildcats 94-74 behind Kevin Johnson's 23 points and 14 rebounds. Johnson continues to lead the 'Jacks, averaging 20.2 ppg and 10.3 rpg. During Head Coach Puck Smith's tenure, the Wildcats hold a slight 18-16 advantage in the series against Humboldt.

On Sunday, Chico State takes on Alaska Fairbanks for the first time since the Nanooks beat the Wildcats, 80-75 in the 2003 Humboldt Tournament. Fairbanks is 5-2 this season and coming off a 90-82 win over Cal State Stanislaus, who the Wildcats also beat in their last game, 111-105. The Nanooks, who hold a 4-2 advantage in the series, are led by Andrew Smith's 16.6 ppg and 7.4 rpg.

12/12/05
Chico State's Pat Galos named CCAA Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State forward Pat Galos has been named the Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of December 5-11.

Galos produced the first triple-double in Chico State history and the
CCAA’s first since 2001 (San Francisco State’s DeKeithi Walton) in leading the Wildcats to a 111-105 CCAA win over Cal State Stanislaus on December 7.

Galos’ performance was, statistically speaking, among the greatest all-around efforts in Division II basketball history, as he finished the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and also added 5 steals and 4 blocked shots in just 23 minutes of play.

The win improved Chico to 2-0 in CCAA play and 3-4 overall.

12/07/05
Galos makes triple-double history
CHICO - Pat Galos registered the first triple-double in Chico State men's basketball history with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, four blocks, and five steals to lead the Wildcats to a 111-105 victory against Cal State Stanislaus Wednesday night at Acker Gym. The 111 points are the most the Wildcats have scored in a game since March 1, 1995.

Andy Bocian had his second-consecutive game in the 30s with 30 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats, who won their second straight game and improved to 2-0 in the CCAA, moved into a three-way tie atop the conference standings with Sonoma State and Cal State Bakersfield. The 'Cats are 3-4 overall.

Cal State Stanislaus dipped to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the CCAA despite Marcus Martinez's 31 points thanks to 7-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Domanique Pennix chipped in 23 points and six assists for the Warriors, who have now dropped seven of their last eight games against Chico State.

After spotting the visiting Warriors a 20-11 lead, the Wildcats bench helped take control of the game with a 41-9 run. Galos scored 12 points during the run, Kelib Thompson chipped in four points and three rebounds, and Jarred Contente scored five points during the stretch that left the Wildcats with a 52-29 lead. For the game, Chico State's bench outscored the Warriors' subs 55-31.

Contente finished with 13 points for Chico State. Point guard Justin Argenal scored 11 points to go along with a season-high eight rebounds and five assists. Thompson notched career highs with 12 points and seven rebounds.

The Wildcats hit the road for a pair of games in the Humboldt State Tournament Dec. 17-18 to start a six-game road trip. They return home for a conference showdown with Sonoma State Jan. 20.

12/02/05
Wildcats fight back to win CCAA opener
CHICO - Andy Bocian scored 36 points and helped lead the Chico State men’s basketball team back from 11 point second-half deficit in an 87-81 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay Friday night in the California Collegiate Athletic Association opener for both teams. Bocian’s 36 points are the ninth most in Chico State history and the most since Daveris Hester scored 42 at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2003.

Behind a combined effort of 48 points from Jay DeMaestri and DeVoughn Lamont, Cal State Monterey Bay built its lead to 62-51 with 13:16 to play. Kelib Thompson’s jumper sparked a 10-0 Chico State run, however, and at the 8:22 mark, Brandon Sligh made a layup to tie the game 65-all.

The lead changed hands seven times over the next five minutes. But Brian Erickson sank a 3-pointer and Bocian added a layup to give the Wildcats an 82-77 edge with 1:47 remaining. DeMaestri kept the visiting Otters close with a pair of free throws, but Bocian answered with a layup and made a pair of free throws to seal it down the stretch.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Wildcats, who improved to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the CCAA. Monterey Bay fell to 1-4 and 0-1.

Behind Bocian’s 14-of-20 effort from the field, Chico State shot a blistering 66-percent, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc. Sligh scored a career-high 14 points and dished out a career-best four assists.

DeMaestri paced the Otters with 26 points to go with eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Lamont tallied 22 points. Richard Jenkins finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Chico State is back in CCAA action Wednesday night when it hosts Cal State Stanislaus in a 7:30 p.m. matchup.

11/29/05
Huge early lead too much for 'Cats to overcome
The Chico State men's basketball team spotted visiting Chaminade University a 17-0 lead and could never overcome the early deficit in an 81-67 loss at Acker Gym Tuesday night. The loss was Chico State's fourth in a row.

It was a return to the place where he led Chico's Pleasant Valley High School to consecutive North Section titles for Chaminade point guard Zack Whiting, and he made it a memorable one. He led all players with 28 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists on 9-of-15 shooting. The Silverswords, who were playing their first game against a non-Division I opponent, improved to 1-3.

Chico State (1-4) was paced by Andy Bocian's 18 points and six rebounds in his first start. Justin Argenal hit 5-of-6 shots on the way to 15 points and five assists. Brian Erickson hit 5-of-8 treys and finished with 15 points.

The Wildcats missed their first 11 baskets before Bocian scored on a layup at the 11:53 mark in the first half to make it 17-2. A 22-11 run sparked by a pair of Erickson 3-pointers, and treys from Argenal and Jarred Contente cut the deficit to 37-26 at the half. But the Silverswords kept Chico State at bey and held a double-digit lead throughout the second half until an Argenal 3-pointer made it 73-64 with 2:58 remaining. Corey Campbell answered with a 3-pointer of his own for Chaminade, however, and the Wildcats did not score again until 26 seconds remained.

Chico State opens California Collegiate Athletic Association play Friday night when it hosts Cal State Monterey Bay.

11/29/05
Wildcats picked to finish 5th by CCAA coaches
Would mark fourth straight top-five finish by 'Cats
WALNUT CREEK - California Collegiate Athletic Association coaches pick the Chico State men's basketball team to finish fifth in the conference according to the CCAA Preseason Coaches Poll released Tuesday. The Wildcats have finished fifth or better in the conference for three consecutive seasons. Nevertheless, the loss of 12 players from last year's squad will make meeting the expectations of the conference coaches quite a challenge.

Cal State San Bernardino (4) received one fewer first-place vote than Sonoma State (5), but is the choice to win the title, which would be its seventh straight. Cal State Bakersfield and Cal Poly Pomona got one first-place vote each.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll:
Team (first-place votes) points
1. Cal State San Bernardino (4) 93
2. Sonoma State (5) 90
3. Cal State Bakersfield (1) 80
4. Cal Poly Pomona (1) 79
5. Chico State 56
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills 54
7. UC San Diego 38
8t. Cal State L.A. 36
8t. CSU Monterey Bay 36
10. Cal State Stanislaus 22
11. San Francisco State 21

11/26/05
Wildcats lose non-conference matchup with Humboldt State
CHICO - The Chico State men's basketball team has allowed its last three opponents to shoot better than 50-percent. As a result, the Wildcats have lost three straight games since defeating 21st-ranked Hawaii-Hilo in their season opener. Saturday, visiting Humboldt State shot 56-percent and outrebounded the Wildcats 43-29 en route to a 94-74 win in the Enloe Mac Martin Memorial Game at Acker Gym.

Kevin Johnson led all players with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Lumberjacks, who improved to 2-0. Devin Peal chipped in 19 points, Jeremiah Ward 17, and Grayson Moyer 16.

Pat Galos paced Chico State with 18 points and Andy Bocian added 17. Jarred Contente scored 12, but was just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. As a team, Chico State was only 6-for-28 from downtown.

The Wildcats will look to get back on the winning track Tuesday night when they host Chaminade University at 7 p.m.

11/19/05
Wilcats lose two in Central Washington Tournament
ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Western Oregon rallied from 11 points back by shooting 73-percent in the second half to defeat Chico State 97-85 in the second round of the Wildcat Classic at Nicholson Pavilion Saturday.

Chico (1-2) snapped a 36-36 tie late in the first half, outscoring the Wolves 12-3 in the final 2:54 and then stretched their lead to 11 at 54-43 early in the second half.

But the Wolves used some long-range artillery to get back into the game midway through the period. Travis Kuhns hit back-to-back three-point shots to cut Chico’s lead from eight to two. Tyner and Brad Krichevsky also hit treys to offset baskets by Brian Erickson and Andy Bocian.

WOU (2-1) finally went ahead for good, 73-71 on another three-pointer by Krichevsky with 9:56 remaining. Chico trailed just 87-83 with three minutes remaining, but the Wolves finished the game with a 10-2 run.

Jarred Contente, who was named to the All-Tournament team, led Chico State with 21 points. Pat Galos and Bocian added 10 points each.

On Friday, the Wildcats lost to host Central Washington 107-88. Chico State shot 30 percent from the floor in the first half and trailed by 17 at the break. Despite a close second half, the 'Cats could not overcome the deficit.

Contente was the hot shooter for the 'Cats, scoring 24 points, including five three pointers and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Pat Galos netted 15 points and led the team with eight rebounds. Brandon Sligh was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 10 points.

Chico State is back in action Saturday, Nov. 26, when it hosts Humboldt State University in the Enloe Medical Center Mac Martin Memorial game. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

11/15/05
Wilcats beat No. 21 Hawaii-Hilo in season opener
CHICO - The Chico State men's basketball team is apparently not interested in rebuilding. The Wildcats, who feature 12 new players, handled 21st-ranked Hawaii-Hilo 90-77 in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night at Acker Gym. The game was a rematch of last season's NCAA Championship Tournament first round game won by Hawaii-Hilo 83-81.

Five players scored in double-figures for the Wildcats (1-0), led by Pat Galos and Olajuwon Jones, who scored 15 points apiece. Galos also led the Wildcats with seven points and five steals. Brian Erickson chipped in 14 points, Brandon Sligh contributed 13, and Jarred Contente added 12. All of Contente's points came on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. In all, seven Wildcats hit threes, and the team finished 15-of-35 from beyond the arc.

Justin Griffin led the Vulcans (0-1) with 25 points. Alex Graham scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Hawaii-Hilo was plagued by 21 turnovers, however, and finished 0-of-5 from beyond the arc. Vulcans point guard Travis Sobers finished with six turnovers and just one assist.

Chico State's point guard tandem of Justin Argenal and Olajuwon combined for eight assists and just three turnovers. The Wildcats turned the ball over just 14 times.

Chico State hits the road this weekend for the Central Washington Tournament. They'll face host Central Washington University Friday at 7 p.m., and Western Oregon University Saturday at 5 p.m.. They return home for the Enloe Mac Martin Memorial Game against Humboldt State Nov. 26 at 7 p.m..

11/10/05
Wildcats beat Alumni squad in first action of season; Galos notches 22 points, 14 rebounds
Pat Galos, a senior transfer from the University of Portland, dominated the paint with 22 points and 14 rebounds as the Chico State men's basketball team beat a talented alumni squad 89-84 in an exhibition game at Acker Gym Thursday night.

Brandon Sligh pitched in eight points and 11 rebounds and Rodney Lewis scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc against many of their teammates from last season. Andy Bocian, a sophomore transfer from Ohlone Community College scored 14 points and pulled down five boards.

Two of the top point guards in Chico State history, Tim Haley and Deon Robinson, kept the alumni close. Haley ripped five steals and dished seven dimes. Robinson scored 10 points and notched four assists. Jason Van Eck led the alumni with 16 points. Ben Perak finished with 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The 2005-06 version of the Wildcats won the game by winning the battle of the boards 57-42.

Chico State opens the regular season at home on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against 23rd-ranked Hawaii-Hilo. The Vulcans knocked Chico State out of the playoffs last season.

11/09/05
Men's hoop squad kicks off season with exhibition game versus talented Alumni team Thursday night
The promising but inexperienced men's basketball team will get its first opportunity to showcase itself to the public as the 2005-06 Wildcats face a very talented alumni squad in an exhibition game Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Acker Gym. All proceeds from the game will go to the Chico chapter of the Sunshine Kids Club.

06/09/05
Wildcats sign three to National Letters of Intent
CHICO, Calif. - Head Basketball Coach Puck Smith has announced that three players have signed National Letters of Intent to play at Chico State in 2005-06. Franklin Igbekoyi, a 6-foot-6 post player from Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nevada, Olajuwon Jones, a 6-3 point guard from College of the Siskiyous, and Travis Harris, a 6-5 forward from Foothill College, have all committed to play for the Wildcats.

Igbekoyi, whose parents are from Nigeria, was a First Team All-Northern Nevada and First Team All-Desert League selection after averaging 15.1 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks per game as a senior.

Jones was the MVP of the Golden Valley Conference and First Team All-State selection as a sophomore at College of the Siskiyous under former Chico State assistant Ed Madec. He averaged 17.3 points, eight rebounds, and three assists per game.

Harris was a First Team All Coast Conference pick last season. He averaged 14.9 points, seven rebounds, and five assists per game.

These three players are the first of many newcomers expected. Thirteen seniors graduated from the program after last season's run to the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.