The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team suffered a big blow when senior point guard Nate Roth went down with a knee injury three minutes into the Coyotes overtime loss to Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday.
Roth was on crutches a night later when the Coyotes took on San Francisco State. There was no definite word on the injury but the prevailing thought seemed to be it is probably an MCL, not the dreaded ACL which would be season ending.
Roth said he is going to try and rehab with hopes of coming back later in the season. Of course that could change if he gets a different diagnosis.
It is too bad because he was coming off a 20-point, eight assist effort against UC San Diego that earned him CCAA Player of the Week honors.
Now the Cal State offense is chaotic at times. Walk-ons Vaughn Adams and Juan Martinez did an admirable job on Friday, combining for 24 points. Johnny Bell had nine. So right now its point guard by committee.
The good news for the Coyotes is they are 5-1 with road wins at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Los Angeles, both of which are serious contenders.
The Coyotes are on the road this week at Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus, both of whom are off to good starts although they have not played particularly strong schedules. Neither is an easy place to play and the Stany game will pit Cal State coach Jeff Oliver against the man he replaced in Larry Reynolds, who now heads the Warriors.