2005-06 Season Archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Galos produced the first triple-double in Chico State history and the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.