Following a road sweep of Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay, the Sonoma State men's basketball team returns home for an action-packed weekend of hoops at The Wolves' Den. Cal State Stanislaus comes to town on Friday, followed by Chico State on Saturday for Pack The Den Night. As an added treat, former SSU football great Larry Allen, recently selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be on hand for Saturday's action, exactly one week after his selection was announced.
ALLEN TO HELP SEAWOLVES PACK THE DEN: Larry Allen came to Sonoma State in 1992 and made an immediate impact, going on to earn back-to-back First Team All-America honors his conference's offensive player of the year award - an unheard of accomplishment for a lineman. After participating in the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl, Allen became the first SSU player to be drafted when the Dallas Cowboys selected him in the second round of the 1994 draft. Like he did at SSU, Allen wasted little time leaving his mark in the NFL, earning a starting nod right away and helping lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl Championship in 1995.
An 11-time pro bowler, Allen's influence went beyond individual accomplishments as he was instrumental in helping Emmitt Smith set the NFL's All-Time Rushing Record. Following 12 season with the Cowboys, Larry played his final two years with the San Francisco 49ers.
Arguably the strongest person to ever play in the NFL, Larry was named one of the Top 100 Players in NFL History by NFL Films and this year he was added to the prestigious Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.He will be enshrined in Canton at the Hall of Fame on August 3rd.
His attendance will be part of an exciting schedule of events on Saturday, including contests, halftime performances, and a $500 Half Court Shootout, presented by Les Scwab Tire Centers.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Listen to Tim Davidson and Corey Neal call the action live from The Wolves' Den. Links to live stats and live video are provided below. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. both nights.
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 vs. Cal State Stanislaus (7-11, 4-10 CCAA) 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 vs. Chico State (10-8, 7-7 CCAA) 7:30 p.m.
CSUEB, CSUMB RECAP: Backed by two 40-point games by Will Olsem, Sonoma State was able to take care of Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay for the second time this season. The Seawolves handed the Pioneers an 87-70 loss in Hayward behind 40-points from Olsem, to lead all scorers. Patrick Scott pitched in with 12 points, while Justin Herold had 11 and Steve Lackey scored 10. Olsem had yet another 40-point game against the Otters of Cal State Monterey Bay. While the spotlight was on Olsem, Scott was able to drop 25 points to aid in the 90-81 victory.
SCOUTING CAL STATE STANISLAUS: The Warriors of Cal State Stanislaus currently sport a 7-11 record overall and a 4-10 mark in CCAA play, tied with two other conference teams for last place in the standings (Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay). TWarriors have dropped their last three games and are 3-5 on the road this season entering Friday's battle with the Seawolves. CSU Stanislaus lost to Sonoma State back in January in a narrow 70-67 game at Turlock, Calif. Marcus Walters leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game, followed by Nick Hodge who averages 10.8 scores per contest. Hodge is also fifth in the conference in field goal percentage, draining 55.9 percent of his shots.
SCOUTING CHICO STATE: With six games left to play in the regular season, the Chico State Wildcats find themselves in a three-way tie for fourth place in the CCAA at 7-7 (10-8 overall). Chico is also on a brief two-game skid coming into the weekend after dropping games to Humboldt State and Cal Poly Pomona. The Wildcats hold the all-time series edge over the Seawolves 43-42 as they beat SSU 82-65 earlier this season to break the series' tie. Rashad Parker and Amir Carraway lead the team in scoring, averaging 11.6 and 11.1 points per game, respectively. Also of note, James Staniland is fourth in CCAA with a 45.6 three-point shooting percentage, going 26 for 57 beyond the arc.
AROUND THE BAY IN 80 POINTS: Senior guard Will Olsem put on a show last weekend that earned him CCAA Player of the Week honors. Olsem straight went off against CSUEB and CSUMB last weekend, dropping a ridiculous 40 points in each game, tying himself for the third most points scored by a Seawolf in any game. In fact, he holds two of the program's top four single-game scoring performances with his efforts last week. Against the Cal State Monterey Bay, Olsem went 12 for 18 from the floor, 7 for 12 from beyond the arc and a perfect 9 for 9 from the free throw line. It was more of the same against Cal State East Bay as he sunk 14 of 18 shots from the hardwood, 9 of 12 from three-point land and hit 3 of 3 from the charity stripe. Interestingly enough, Olsem scored more points in one game than any player in the CCAA combined for on the weekend.
SEAWOLVES' NOTES: By scoring 87 and 90 points against Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay, respectively, Sonoma State record their first games over 80 points since beating beating CSUMB 92-77 back on Nov. 30, 2012. Patrick Scott continues to shine, leading the team and the conference with 17.4 points per game, while Olsem's averages has jumped to 13.9, second on the team. Scott is also second in the conference from downtown, sinking 48.5 of his long range shots. Also, with 12 and 25 last weekend, Scott broke the 1,000-career point milestone; he now has 1,030 career points. Justin Herold leads the CCAA in field goal percentage, knocking down 61.7 of his shots. Also of note, the Seawolves have not won three games in a row since beating Dominican, Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay consecutively earlier this season. Sonoma State has the advantage in the all-time series over Cal State Stanislaus, 43-36, and will be shooting for the season sweep of the Warriors on Friday.