By Christian Cataldo
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team split this weekend’s road games, beating Cal State Dominguez Hills by a score of 59-46 and losing to Cal State Los Angeles 56-58.
CPP’s overall record is now 11-4, and 7-3 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play.
The Broncos traveled to the ToroDome to face off against Dominguez Hills on Friday.
The Toros were winless in CCAA play coming into the game, and CPP kept it that way.
The Broncos jumped ahead early in the game with a 7-0 run. CPP’s defense came out aggressively, forcing three turnovers on the Toros’ first three possessions.
Dominguez Hills attacked the basket, allowing them to close the lead. But the Broncos responded, on a 16-3 run towards the end of the half to give them the 16 point lead.
The Broncos forced the Toros to hand the ball over eight times and scored 10 points of turnovers.
CPP finished the first half ahead by a score of 25-14, led by senior guard Terrence Drisdom, who finished the first half with 10 points.
The Toros’ sophomore forward Justin Sadler was the spark for his team in the second half, scoring 19 points. CPP saw their lead diminish to six, but the Toros couldn’t move ahead.
Junior guard Barry Bell and junior forward Rhon Mitchell asserted themselves in the second half.
Both players scored in the double-digits, as they responded to the Toros’ offensive surge during the second half.
Dominguez Hills scored 32 points in the second half, but their efforts fell short. CPP one-upped them with 34 points.
The Broncos were led by three players in double-digit points.
Drisdom and Bell both finished with 14 points, while Mitchell finished with 13.
The Toros remain winless in the CCAA with a record of 0-9, while the Broncos snatched their seventh conference win of the season.
CPP finished off their road trip Saturday, against Cal State L.A. in the Eagles Nest. Coming into this game, the Golden Eagles were below .500, both in conference and overall play.
The Broncos flexed their defensive muscles, holding Cal State L.A. to a 37.5 shooting percentage.
However, turnovers allowed the Golden Eagles to stay in the game.
Cal State L.A. held the lead up until the 11-minute mark. The Broncos gained and maintained the lead to finish the half.
Junior forward Jordan Faison was a force to be reckoned with in the paint. He converted on five of his six field goals, giving him 10 points to lead the Broncos during the first half of the game.
The Golden Eagles came out into the second half on fire, going on an 11-0 run. Junior guard LaBradford Franklin scored all 11 points for Cal State L.A., knocking down three three-pointers in a three-minute span. The run gave the Golden Eagles a six point lead.
The Golden Eagles controlled all momentum in the second half, resulting from highlight dunks which got the crowd roaring in the Eagles Nest.
“We just stop talking on defense and we just lost a little momentum,” said Bell. “We got to keep moving forward, keep talking on defense, [and] keep playing the whole 40 minutes.”
After seeing a five point lead turn into a 12 point deficit, the Broncos bounced back with an 11-0 run.
The last five minutes of the game capped off with a three-pointer from senior guard Jordan Finn, with only 39 seconds left to bring the deficit down to one.
The Broncos fouled the Toros to stop the clock. Franklin missed the second of two free throws for the Golden Eagles, giving Cal State L.A. a two-point lead.
After a CPP timeout, Drisdom drove to the basket and kicked the ball out to an open Bell, but the shot was off-target.
The Broncos were forced to foul again, but the Golden Eagles missed their free throw ” giving CPP another chance.
With 15 seconds left, Drisdom attacked the basket but missed on the layup.
The Broncos had multiple tip in opportunities, but all of them fell short.
“We just got to play with that sense of urgency when we’re up five and not down 12,” said head coach Greg Kamansky. “[But] we missed some shots tonight too. We had some wide open looks.”
The loss gave CPP their first road loss, making the team’s road record 4-1.
Faison finished with 16 points, while Drisdom finished with 12 points.
The Broncos will be returning to Kellogg Gym this weekend to face off against the Humboldt State Jacks on Friday for Military Appreciation Night.
Then, on Saturday, the Broncos will take on conference rival, the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes on Saturday for Greek Spirit Night.
Both games will begin at 7:30 p.m., but the festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. for the women’s basketball game.
Friday’s matchup against Humboldt State will be a special occasion, as CPP will honor those with prior or current military service for Military Appreciation Night.
Those who are serving or have served in the military will receive free admission, Bronco megaphone, and hot dog and soda.
The CPP Veterans Resource Center and Pieology in Walnut are sponsoring the event.
Saturday’s matchup will feature Greek Spirit Night, as the CPP Greek community will showcase their Bronco Spirit at the first Silent Night.
During Silent Night, all attendees will remain silent until the Broncos score their 10 point.
During halftime, Greek members will participate in a friendly shoot-out sponsored by the Bronco Athletics.
The night will kick off with a food sale fundraiser for the upcoming event “Up ’til Dawn,” supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. AMP Radio will also be playing music, while a face-painting booth will be available to attendees.
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