Sonoma State basketball: Seawolves face top-seed Chico State

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The Sonoma State men’s basketball team will try to extend its playoff run today against No.1 seed Chico State.

The game tips off at 2:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena in La Jolla.

The Seawolves are coming off their first CCAA tournament victory — a 61-60 win at home Tuesday against Cal State San Bernardino.

Fourth-seeded Sonoma State (17-10) beat Chico State (23-6) twice this season — 61-54 on Dec. 19 in Rohnert Park and 62-59 on Jan. 27 in Chico — and has won 19 of the last 23 games against the Wildcats.

Chico State is led by senior guard Jay Flores (9.2 points, 4.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds), the CCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Damario Sims is the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 11.6 points per game.

In today’s other semifinal, No. 2 seed Cal Poly Pomona faces off against No. 3 seed Humboldt State at noon. The semifinal winners will play in the tournament championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The winner earns an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division II Basketball Championship Tournament.

TODAY’S GAME
CCAA Championship Tournament semifinal

At RIMAC Arena, La Jolla
No. 1 Chico State (23-6) vs. No. 4 Sonoma State (17-10)
Time: 2:30 p.m.
TV: Comcast-HN, Ch. 104
Online: Live streaming of the game at client.stretchinternet.com/client/ccaa.portal or follow live stats at stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=5931

ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

A pair of former Empire prep basketball stars, Justin Herold and Sarah Semenero, have earned all-conference honors.

Herold, a first-year forward for Sonoma State, was named to the CCAA First Team.

The Maria Carrillo graduate also earned Newcomer of the Year honors. Herold averaged 14 points and six rebounds, helping the Seawolves turn around their season and finish fourth in the conference.

Semenero, a senior guard for Cal Poly Pomona, was named to the CCAA Second Team.

A sharpshooter from Sonoma Valley High, Semenero was second for the Broncos in 3-pointers and ranked fifth in the conference in steals.

The Sonoma State men also placed Steven Pratt, a senior guard from Pleasanton, on the first team. Will Olsem, a junior guard from Sacramento, made the second team.

For the Sonoma State women, Jaclyn Bisordi earned second-team honors. The senior guard is from San Mateo.

Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit contributed to this report.