Win Streak Reaches Five after Weekend Victories

By Daniel Tedford

Still in the hunt for first place in the CCAA, the Cal Poly
Pomona men’s basketball team kept pace with the other four teams at
the top of the division by sweeping its weekend games.

Cal Poly (17-6, 13-5) finished up its weekend by defeating Chico
State (6-17, 4-14) 73-60 on the road Saturday to extend their
winning streak to five games.

The victory at Acker Gym came up big as it keeps them tied with
Cal State Bakersfield (14-11, 13-5) for the third spot and puts
them in a position to catch second-place Cal State San Bernardino
(18-5, 14-4) and first-place Humboldt State (20-3, 15-3).

Each team continued winning streaks of their own over the
weekend, CSUSB and CSUB now at four in a row and Humboldt
continuing their dominance as they have not been beaten in their
last nine games.

The Wildcats kept the game close early on and lead at one point
20-14, but the Broncos battled back behind steady shooting and a
standout performance by freshman Donelle Booker.

After the six-point deficit, Cal Poly went on a 9-0 run,
highlighted by senior Dion Cook’s 3-pointer that tied the game.
Booker would contribute a 3-pointer as well and ended the first’s
half scoring with a slam-dunk.

The Broncos went into the half leading 37-30 after shooting 60
percent on 15 of 25 from the field.

Chico State kept the game from getting out of reach in the
second half by making it a 55-51 game with 8:33 remaining. Yet, the
Broncos put on another run, this time 8-0, giving them a 63-51
lead.

The Wildcats got as close as seven, but did not see anything
closer than that. Booker would finish his night with back-to-back
baskets to extend the Cal Poly Lead to 11 with 3:03 left in the
game.

Booker lead the team with a season-high 19 points and added
eight rebounds to his effort. Before the night, Booker’s season
best was nine points.

Dion Cook also clocked in with 19 points and junior Kaelen
Daniels went 6-6 from the field, had 15 points and nine
rebounds.

Billy Hofman was the story on Friday night as he showed off his
3-point shooting skills as the Broncos beat Cal State Stanislaus
89-83 in the Warrior Arena.

Hofman hit seven 3-pointers, tying a program record, and ended
the night with a career-high 24 points.

Four other CPP players hit the double figure mark in the high
scoring affair. Cook had 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, while
sophomore Larry Gordon had 13 points and four rebounds. Daniels
added 12 points and eight rebounds and junior Kevin Neveu rounded
out the top five with 11 points, respectively.

After a close first half that saw the Broncos behind 43-42, Cal
Poly played well early in the second to take a 10-point advantage.
But the see-saw scoring continued as the Warriors cut the lead down
to two, 65-63, with 7:37 to go.

The Broncos went on one more roll to take a 78-68 lead with 3:49
to play, capped by 3-pointers by Gordon and Hofman.

The Warriors got as close as four with 25 second left, but
missed both 3-point shot attempts and were forced to foul. Daniels
made two free throws to end the game.

Daniel Tedford can be reached by e-mail at
editorinchief@thepolypost.com or by phone at (909) 869-3530.

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