By Christian Cataldo
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team took on non-conference foe, The Master’s College, in Kellogg Gym on Tuesday.
The Broncos defeated the Mustangs by 14 points, with a score of 72-58.
CPP came out and dominated early in the game, going on a seven minute 18-0 run.
The Broncos held an 18 point lead at one point in the first half, and they didn’t let the Mustangs bounce back.
CPP outplayed The Master’s College in every aspect of the game in the first half.
The Broncos scored 14 points off turnovers, had 11 second chance points, 18 points in the paint and nine points coming from the bench.
Junior forward Jordan Faison and senior guard Terrence Drisdom led the Broncos in the first half with their great play.
Faison tallied 14 points while Drisdom filled up the stat sheet with seven points, five rebounds and one assist, block and steal.
The game went into the half with the Broncos leading 36-25.
The Mustangs came out in the second half and played hard against the Broncos, but they couldn’t shrink the lead CPP had built in the first half. CPP went on a 9-0 run in the middle of the second half to give them their biggest lead of the game of 21 points.
The Broncos continued to dominate in the paint and get great bench production, leaving the Mustangs behind.
Faison led the Broncos in scoring, going 6-11 from the field, giving him 18 points and also grabbing five rebounds.
Drisdom tallied his first career double-double recording 11 points on 4-11 shooting and 12 boards. He also added two assists, blocks, and steals to his stat line.
The win moved the Broncos to a record of 3-1, while The Master’s College dropped to 2-2.
CPP stayed in Kellogg Gym on Saturday, where they tipped off against another non-conference opponent, Point Loma, losing by two points, 62-60.
The Broncos looked to attack Point Loma’s interior defense early in the game, as they continuously fed Faison the ball in the post.
This strategy panned out as the Broncos scored 20 points in the paint during the first half, 10 of them which came from Faison’s 5-7 shooting.
Another reason for the Broncos’ strong first half was their work on the glass. They out-rebounded Point Loma 24-12. The Sea Lions stuck in the game by their three-point shooting.
The game went into the half with the Broncos up 31-28.
Point Loma continued to knock down three pointers in the second half by taking advantage of the Broncos’ sloppy rotations on defense.
“We were slow in our rotations,” said head coach Greg Kamansky. “We have a major issue with our three-point defense right now. We’re just missing some rotations and until we got locked in a little bit on that kind of stuff, teams are going to make a high percentage of threes against us.”
It was a tight game all the way to the end as both teams battled for possession and open shots.
The Broncos tied it up with a layup from Drisdom, with 26 seconds left in the game.
The Sea Lions had the ball with the opportunity to take the last shot of the game. They waited until the clock ran out, and scored on a layup with only three seconds left in the game.
The Broncos called a timeout to set up their final play of the game to try to tie up the score.
CPP’s senior guard Daniel Rodriguez caught the ball and threw up a half-court shot that would win the game if converted. The ball rattled inside the rim and popped out, giving the Sea Lions the victory.
The loss dropped the Broncos to a record of 3-2, and moved the Sea Lions to 5-0.
“We still need to work on our defends [with] rotations and everything,” said Drisdom. “The threes are really hurting us.”
Faison’s 18 points and eight rebound night, and Drisdom’s 12 point and eight rebound night, weren’t enough to overcome their struggles with defense.
The Broncos will try to bounce back Friday as they face Cal State East Bay at Pioneer Gym.
Hayden Yi / The Poly Post
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