The Chico State men's basketball team has won seven straight games as they head into the post-season, but the game everyone will remember is their sixth win in a row during that streak. With the Wildcats trailing 66-55 against Cal State Easy Bay with 3:46 left, Chico would finish the game on a run for the ages.
It started with a put-back from Amir Carraway...
The Wildcats would wratchet up their defensive intensity down the stretch, and their sense or urgency was seen on the offensive end as they aggressively attacked the bucket trying to cut down the East Bay lead....
More great defense for Chico would lead to another bucket for the Cats, and the comeback was on....
The Wildcats would get ANOTHER stop and this time Damario Sims would rise up...cutting the Wildcats deficit to one.....
After getting another stop the Wildcats had a chance to win it. Carraway initially missed a three, but the Cats would get the ball back with 13 seconds left underneath their own hoop with a chance to win it.
With Chico State's win over Monterey Bay on Friday night 91-60 and with UC San Diego's 83-70 win over San Francisco State the Wildcats wrapped up third place in the CCAA and a first round CCAA Tournament match-up with Cal State Dominguez Hills. It is not known yet the ramifications of Chico's weekend sweep on the regional ranking. To get into the NCAA Tournament in two weeks, the Cats may need a deep run into the Conference Tournament which begins on Tuesday night at Acker Gym. The Cats will host the Toros at 7:30pm. If Chico wins their first round game they will head to Ontario for the CCAA Tournament Semis from Citizens Bank Arena.
NCAA WEST REGION RANKINGS (FEB 27th)
1. WESTERN WASHINGTON 18-1
2. POMONA 20-2
3. SEATTLE PACIFIC 19-3
4 DIXIE STATE 16-5
5. GRAND CANYON 19-3
6. SAN BERNARDINO 16-6
7. CHAMINADE 15-4
8. SAN FRANCISCO STATE 15-8
9. ALASKA ANCHORAGE 12-6
10. CHICO STATE 13-9
*The top eight teams make it into the NCAA Tournament. The field will be announced on March 11th