Men’s Basketball Team Finishes Third

By Daniel Tedford

Despite finishing their season with a loss, the men’s basketball
team was able to finish with the third spot in the California
Collegiate Athletic Association.

The No. 18 Broncos (20-7, 16-6) were able to claim the third
place position after winning eight of their last nine games, but
were unable to climb above second-place Cal State San Bernardino
(22-5, 18-4) who won their last eight games, and couldn’t close the
gap between them and No. 4 Humboldt State (24-3, 19-3), who
finished their season winning 13 straight and took the CCAA
crown.

On Saturday Cal Poly closed out its season in Bakersfield at the
Icardo Center and couldn’t overcome the Roadrunners as both
offenses struggled.

The Broncos were only able to shoot 30 percent from the field
and were topped by Bakersfield 58-49.

Much of the Broncos’ scoring came on free throws as they went 16
of 22 from the foul line, but they saw limited scoring outside of
that. They had a total of 14 buckets in the game, making seven in
each half.

Dion Cook closed out his stellar senior season with another
solid performance leading the team with 22 points. Sophomore Larry
Gordon followed Cook with 13 points and seven rebounds. Yet the
rest of the team saw limited production.

Playing for the second consecutive evening without junior center
Kaelen Daniels due to injury, the rest of the team had a combined
14 points.

Dwaun Rice led the Roadrunners with 12 points and Richard
Andrews had 10 points and eight rebounds, respectively.

Carl Dumas rounded out the top three coming close to a
double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Bakersfield grabbed
the rebounding advantage for the night, 39-31.

The Broncos kept the game close, grabbing a four-point lead in
the first half, 18-14 with 5:56 left. Bakersfield would then get
hot and tear off a 7-0 run that saw them go into halftime leading
25-22.

In the second half the Broncos would see themselves hold another
lead, only to lose it again. A Cook 3-pointer gave them a 29-27
advantage, but CSUB went on another run of 7-0 and never allowed
the Broncos to see another lead.

They would increase that lead to as much as 14 before the game
would end, but scores by Gordon and senior Billy Hofman would cut
the lead to nine.

Although the loss takes them into the NCAA Division II playoffs
on a poor note, Friday night was a big victory for the Broncos.

In a tight game the Broncos scratched out a victory for win
number 20 on the season and what was their eighth win in a row as
they beat Cal State L.A. 65-61.

Jontae Vinson, the conference’s leading scorer, was absent from
Cal State L.A.’s lineup allowing the Broncos to take advantage. Yet
Cook was held to only eight points and without Daniels the Broncos
had to rely on scoring from other players.

Senior Luis Pulido and Gordon had 13 points each and freshman
Donelle Booker contributed eleven of his own along with six
rebounds.

Great shooting kept the Broncos in it in the first half. They
were able to stretch leads up to 11 points as they shot 57
percent.

The Broncos had a 6-point lead going into the half, 33-27.

They would then lead by as much as seven early in the second,
but Cal State L.A. battled back to tie the game at 45 apiece.
Moments later the Golden Eagles would take their first lead of the
game with a pair of three pointers and with 8:37 to go, L.A. led
52-51.

Free throws and a jumper by Cook helped Cal poly take a 63-61
lead going into the closing seconds.

But the Golden Eagles had their wings clipped as they missed a
possible game-winning 3-pointer and Pulido followed the miss with a
layup as time expired.

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

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