The Bristol University Men's Basketball team kicked their season off with a two-game Northern California road trip. The first stop was in Arcata, California, to face the Lumberjacks of Humboldt State, on Wednesday, November 4th. The Bears and the Lumberjacks were in a fierce defensive battle from the opening tip-off. There were several lead changes during the first half, with the Lumberjacks escaping to halftime with a one-point lead, 38-39. The Bears came out flat in the second half, allowing the Lumberjacks to to take a 10-point lead with about 10 minutes left to play. The Bears showed they would not give up as they cut into the lead, and with five minutes left to play they were only down by six points. Unfortunately for the Bears, the lumberjacks went on a 10-0 run late in the game to seal their fate, while winning the game with a score of 93-76. Michael Johnson and Tade Keshisyan lead the Bears in scoring with 20 points each.
The second game of the two-game road trip was played on Thursday, November 5th, in Turlock, California, against the Warriors of Cal State Stanislaus. The Bears were looking to feed off the energy from the night before against Humboldt State, but unfortunately it just wasn't their night. The Bears were out-rebounded by the Warriors, 46-24, and they didn't have a very good shooting night, shooting only 28.1 percent from the field. The Warriors went on to win the game, 77-53. There were a few bright spots for the Bears, as Jaylen Rose led the way with 10 points. Devon Holmes and Steven Shares contributed great minutes defensively in the lost to the Warriors.
The Bears look to bounce back as they face a Division 1 opponent in Cal State Bakersfield on the road Saturday, November 7th, at 7:00 p.m. Gooooo Bears!