The 2019-20 College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team. (Contributed)

Last time Redwoods started a losing streak it took 29 tries to end it.

But 2019-20 is a new season, and on Thursday Redwoods, following a close loss to College of Marin on Wednesday, got back to its winning ways in a hurry with a 78-76 win over American River at American River College.

Redwoods led the contest 39-19 at half and by a 60-40 margin with just over 12 minutes to play in the second-half.

American River got close but never tied the ball game as Thomas Nelson and Zac Claus each chipped in 15 points to guide Redwoods (4-1) to the win.

Nelson and E.J. Jackson (who finished with 7 points) both hit key free-throws late in the game to keep Redwoods in front.

Isaac Puzz came off the bench and dropped 13 points in the first-half while Drew Gillette finished with 12 and Donald Willis, 8.

Redwoods, after winning its fourth game of the season Thursday night, has won more games this season than it did in the previous two seasons, combined.

“We have to stay even keel and take it day by day,” Redwoods head coach Ryan Bisio said. “We could be 0-5 and we could be 5-0. It’s all about focusing on improvement and not getting caught up in our record.”

Redwoods finishes up its time at the ARC tournament Friday night with a game against De Anza at 4 p.m.

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