The Saddleback men's basketball team saw its 16-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday night when they fell to Riverside College, 51-48. The Gauchos were ice cold from the field all night in falling to 21-2.
Saddleback has relied on a deep lineup all season long and if one person didn't have a big night there was always 6-7 others that did. On Wednesday night the Gauchos couldn't find an answer as the basket had a lid on it in dropping their first game in over two months.
Conor Clifford had an unusually tough night, making just 2-of-11 shots and collecting only four rebounds in 29 minutes before fouling out of the game. Clifford's night was equaled by Andrew Bournes, who also shot 2-of-11 from the field with just three rebounds. In all, the Gaucho starters were 9-of-42 from the field (21.4%).
Saddleback couldn't do anything to keep Riverside away from the free throw line. The Tigers made the most of the opportunities, making 21-of-26 from the charity stripe as the Gauchos were called for 16 fouls in the second half.
Saddleback (21-2, 4-1) will look to pick up the pieces on Friday when it travels to Orange Coast College to take on the Pirates. Tip time is scheduled for 7:00 PM.