After 13 games, Sonoma State’s season can be neatly summarized by its performances in back-to-back road games last weekend.
On Friday, the Seawolves crushed Cal State Stanislaus, 98-57, for their most lopsided victory since 1999. Twenty-four hours later, they squandered a 10-point, second-half lead in a 72-62 overtime loss to Chico State.
“When we win, we look really good,” SSU coach Pat Fuscaldo said. “When we lose, we make it an art form.”
Indeed, the Seawolves’ wins have been impressive. SSU (6-7, 2-4 in CCAA) has a win over then 13th-ranked Central Washington and their five other wins have been by at least 12 points.
Their losses? SSU has dropped four games by five points or less, a string of heartbreak that doesn’t include the overtime loss to Stanislaus.
In their last two CCAA losses, the Seawolves have collapsed down the stretch.
In a 65-61 loss to Cal State Monterey Bay, they led by 58-53 with seven minutes left, but went 1 of 7 from the field and committed five turnovers to finish the game. In the loss to Chico, they led 60-53 with seven minutes, but went 1 of 6 from the field, committed four turnovers and the Wildcats rallied to send the game to overtime.