Broncos Out of Sync

By Mike Norys

The men’s basketball team’s season is starting to unravel at the
seams after it was defeated in consecutive games over the weekend
and have now lost three of its last four.

On Saturday, the Broncos (12-6, 8-5) lost to Sonoma State,
65-43, in Seawolf Gym. The loss came one night after the team lost
to Humboldt State, 84-62, in East Gym.

“We played a pair of strong teams,” said assistant coach Bill
Bannon. “The effort was there and the attitude was right on but the
bottom-line is we didn’t make our shots.”

Cal Poly struggled on Saturday night, shooting just 38.5 percent
and it was outrebounded, 34-21. Sonoma State finished the game
10-of-19 from beyond the 3-point line compared to Cal Poly’s
two-of-eight.

Andrew Kochevar led the Seawolves with a game-high 18 points,
converting six of his eight 3-point attempts. J.T. Tipton had 12
points and five rebounds, while Jeff Fuller had 10 points and five
rebounds.

Sophomore Larry Gordon led the Broncos with 13 points. Junior
Kaelen Daniels, senior Billy Hofman and senior Dion Cook each
contributed seven points.

Cal Poly came out strong and jumped out to a six-point lead,
16-10, after a 3-pointer by Hofman with 9:26 left in the first
half. The Broncos held a 20-16 lead with 5:11 to go, but they did
not score another basket in the half as the Seawolves went on a 9-0
run to take a 25-20 lead into the locker room.

Cal Poly’s scoring drought continued in the second half as it
failed to score in the first 4:19 of the period.

Cook finally broke the scoreless stretch, hitting two free
throws to make it 30-22 with 15:41 left in the game.

“We had trouble getting in sync, getting in rhythym,” said
Bannon. “We weren’t able to get into any sort of flow.”

After a three-point play by Gordon made it 35-29 with 13:14
left, the Seawolves extended their lead to 41-30 with 13:14 left
after a 3-pointer by Kochevar.

The closest the Broncos ever got was when the cut the deficit to
nine points, 42-33, after a layup by junior Kevin Neveu, but the
Seawolves scored the next four points and led by double-digits the
rest of the way.

The 43 points were the fewest points put up by Cal Poly since it
lost to UC Davis, 60-34, in the 1996-97 season.

“We’ve just got to work our way through,” said Bannon. “It’s
less frustrating when the effort is there. We just got to get ready
for Tuesday now.”

The Broncos ran into another hot team Friday night, losing to
Humboldt State, 84-62, in East Gym.

The Lumberjacks shot 62.1 percent from the field and jumped out
to a 41-30 halftime lead on their way to the victory.

Cal Poly won the rebounding battle, 30-25, but committed 18
turnovers compared to just 11 by Humboldt State.

Cook led the Broncos with 17 points and four steals, while
Gordon had 13 points and nine rebounds. Hofman had nine points,
while freshman Donnelle Booker had seven points and seven
rebounds.

Humboldt State had three players score 20 points or more.
Jeremiah Ward led the way with 23 points, Devin Peal had 21 points
and Grayson Moyer had 20 points.

The Lumberjacks jumped on the Broncos early and never let up,
scoring the first five points of the game in the first minute and
taking a 14-2 lead just four minutes into the game.

After a jumper by Gordon made it 16-7, the Lumberjacks went on a
9-0 run to take an 18-point lead, 25-7, with 10:38 remaining in the
first half.

The Broncos fought back, trimming the deficit to 12 points,
27-15, on a layup by Booker and two Hofman 3-pointers, but that was
as close as they got until a jumper by Cook made it 41-30 at
halftime.

Cal Poly got within nine points yet again, 45-36, with 17:21
remaining in the game, but a 17-6 run and an 11-1 run down the
stretch opened up a 79-56 lead with 3:43 to go.

“We had been pretty consistent with what we want to do,” said
Bannon. “Now we just got to keep doing it.”

The Broncos return to action today with a road game against Cal
State San Bernardino before coming home for two games on Friday and
Saturday against Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco
State.

Mike Norys can be reached by e-mail at sports@thepolypost.com or
by phone at (909) 869-4630.

Broncos Out of Sync

Broncos Out of Sync

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