Coyotes Hold Off Seawolves 52-49 At West Regional
Tyson Gilbert led the Seawolves with 15 points in Friday's loss to Cal State San Bernardino.
Tyson Gilbert led the Seawolves with 15 points in Friday's loss to Cal State San Bernardino.

Friday, March 15, 2024
by Evan O'Kelly, Assistant Commissioner For Communications

LOS ANGELES – A last-second 3-point attempt by Alaska Anchorage’s Hasaan Herrington came up short as No. 2 seed Cal State San Bernardino held off a persistent Seawolves squad 52-49 in the opening round of the 2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball West Region Championships on Friday afternoon at University Gym.

The No. 7 seed Seawolves trailed 50-49 with the ball and 16 seconds left on the clock, but a turnover proved costly as CSU San Bernardino’s Robby Robinson knocked down both ensuing free throws with four seconds left. That forced UAA into a desperation 3-point attempt, which the Coyotes defended well enough to advance to Saturday’s second round. The Coyotes improved to 24-7 on the season, and will face Chico State (21-8) on Saturday after the Wildcats bounced Montana State Billings 78-64 in the tournament opener earlier on Friday.

The Seawolves ended their 2023-24 campaign with a record of 22-11, earning a spot in their first regional since 2012 by virtue of advancing to last week’s GNAC Championships title game.

First-team all-GNAC guard Tyson Gilbert led his team with 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting, and collected five rebounds in his final game at UAA. Gilbert was the lone Seawolf to reach double figures in the low-scoring affair, with Dathan Satchell adding nine points off the bench and Dillon Barrientos finishing with eight. In a game where UAA was out-rebounded 36-29, Jaron Williams led the team with seven boards while adding seven points.

Christopher Mitchell paced the Coyotes with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double, and Sedrick Altman reached double figures with a dozen points.

Both teams struggled with shooting accuracy, with UAA making 18 of 46 shots (39.1%) and CSUSB converting 17 of 46 shots (37.0%). While the Seawolves shot just 25.0% (6-for-24) from long range, the Coyotes shot a dismal 7.1% (1-for-14) but still found a winning formula. The teams were near-even in turnovers with UAA committing 10 and CSUSB 11, and were dead even in points in the paint with 24 apiece.

The Coyotes got off to a strong start, building their largest advantage of the afternoon at 19-8 at the 7:59 mark in the first half. UAA battled back however and trailed 26-21 at halftime, before pulling even at 34-34 six minutes into the second half. Neither team led by more than a single possession after that deadlock, but the Coyotes were able to sneak away with a hard-fought victory.

GAME NOTES: Friday was the second all-time meeting between the teams, who debuted as opponents in CSUSB’s 70-64 win in Honolulu on Dec. 18, 2023…the Seawolves also out-shot the Coyotes, 46.9%-42.1%, in the defeat earlier this season…UAA appeared in its 17th overall NCAA Championships tournament on Friday.