Very little went right for men’s basketball tonight as they lost on the road 74-56 to UC Santa Barbara. Travis Souza had a season and career-high 15 points to lead the way, a fact that Mark Roberts was very keen on hyping up. No offense to Souza, but the fact that his was the best performance from an Anteater last night is probably all that needs to be said about the game. Unlike the 14-point loss to Long Beach State or the 16-point loss to Cal Poly, this one never seemed in-reach. So we shall move on to other things…

  • Anteater alum Patrick Sanders (’08) has been claimed by the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Developmental League, making his debut last night with seven points in the Wizards’ double overtime win over the Tulsa 66ers. It’s good to see Patrick returning one step closer to the NBA. A couple years ago, Sanders balled it up for the Iowa Energy, scoring 30+ points on multiple occasions. Interesting side note: Sanders’ teammates on the Wizards include UC Davis alum Joe Harden and former Anteater and Concordia-Irvine alum Justin Johnson. Say what you want about Pat Douglass, but he did have some nice recruiting classes. That 2007-08 team was ridiculously deep, especially if Adam Rodenberg hadn’t left and Awaji and Harris hadn’t become academically ineligible… but I digress. Good luck Patrick Sanders and hopefully you’ll get called up to the Golden State Warriors sooner or later.
  • Men’s volleyball got swept by No. 2 BYU, losing 3-2 on Saturday in front of the second largest volleyball crowd ever at the Bren Events Center. The same starting lineup started Game 1, but didn’t put up much of a fight, and so Speraw went to his bench for the first time this season. Most notably, freshman opposite Zack La Cavera came in for Carson Clark and wound up leading the team with 10 kills. Outside hitter Kevin Tillie also played most of the minutes usually given to Kevin Carroll, while freshman libero Michael Brinkley came in and played over both Wills. Although this makeshift group came up short in Game 5, they still did better as a whole compared to the starting unit’s Game 1. I wonder if Speraw was simply trying to send a message to the usual guys, or if this talented second brigade will actually consistently challenge for playing time as the year goes on.