Broncos head to Hawaii

By Elliot Heis

The Broncos are off to Hawaii to face the Brigham Young
University Hawaii Seasiders for the NCAA Division II West Regional
Final, Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. Pacific.The game will be on in
the Bronco Student Center’s Ursa Minor.The men’s basketball team
defeated the Seattle Pacific Falcons Saturday night in the NCAA
West Regional Semifinal 80-72 and the Cal State San Bernardino
Coyotes in overtime Friday, 83-81.A win against BYU Hawaii would
advance the Broncos to the Elite Eight in Springfield, MA., a feat
Cal Poly has accomplished only twice before. The last time was
2004-05 when the Broncos faced Tarleton State. If the Broncos lose,
the season is over.The Seasiders bring an explosive offensive
effort to every game, averaging over 90 points per game this
season. However, they will meet one of the toughest defenses in the
league. The Broncos this season have set the all-time CCAA
Tournament record for fewest points allowed, giving up just 44
points against San Francisco State. Cal Poly on average has allowed
just 57.4 points per game.BYU Hawaii is led by junior Lucas Alves,
who has tallied 19.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. The team
structure is similar to San Francisco State or Cal State San
Bernardino, which both rely on individual talent over a team-based
strategy.Cal Poly has overcome this style in the past with
tenacious, well-structured, team defense.At the other end of the
court, the Seasiders have allowed over 74 points per game. The team
has given up 65.3 points per game, so the Broncos will have an
opportunity to take advantage of a lax Seasider defense. Cal Poly’s
team-based offense could also cause problems, as all Broncos are a
scoring threat.The men’s basketball team appears to be in top form
after one slump against San Francisco State and Monterey Bay. Cal
Poly is again enjoying solid numbers from their predominant
scorers, and will hope to capitalize on their skills Wednesday.The
Broncos shot 66 percent from the field against the Falcons, thanks
to fluid passing and open looks; a trend that provided 11
consecutive wins for the Broncos.Senior forward Larry Gordon racked
up his 11th double-double for the season with 28 points and 10
rebounds.Senior guard Walter Thompson scored 18 for the Broncos,
and sophomore forward Tobias Jahn scored 16.The game can also be
viewed live online via www.byu.tv. Streaming audio will be
available through www.hhawaiimedia.com.The Poly Post will provide
live game updates on Twitter and post-game
coverage online.

Broncos head to Hawaii

30 p.m. Pacific.

Broncos head to Hawaii

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