By Miguel Lopez
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team is off to a great start for the 2015-16 season, after a blowout win against the Argonauts of Notre Dame de Namur by a score of 84-46 on Friday and avenging last season’s playoff loss against the Azusa Pacific Cougars 79-72 on Saturday.
The Broncos started the Azusa Pacific Tournament opener with a dominant performance on the road against the Argonauts.
“I think it’s very important [to win in dominating fashion], just to give our guys confidence,” said Head Coach Greg Kamansky. “There were a number of guys starting their first career college game and some guys that haven’t played in over a year, so it was a good performance out of the guys.”
The Broncos got off to a slow start after trailing 5-0 in the first minutes of the game. CPP responded with a fast break layup near the paint from senior guard Barry Bell, which gave the Green and Gold its first basket and points of the 2015-16 season.
The Argonauts last lead of the game was 12-10, as sophomore guard Daylan Lawrence nailed back-to-back three pointers to give the Broncos the lead for good.
CPP ended the first half with a 32-13 run, as it headed to halftime with a 42-23 lead.
In the second half, the Green and Gold ended the last 10 minutes of the game on a 21-11 run to seal the game with a victory.
CPP finished the game shooting 58.6 percent from the field.
Senior forward Jordan Faison finished with 16 points on a 6-for-10 shooting night to go along with five rebounds.
The Broncos played great defense throughout the game, as they held their opponents to 39 percent from the field.
Bell stood out defensively for the Green and Gold, as he lead the team with a game high three steals. Bell had a total of 12 points, as he was 5-for-5 from the field.
Freshman guard Chris Sullivan had an impressive debut, as he led his team in rebounds with eight and assists with six in his first college game.
Lawrence, who led the Green and Gold with a game high 19 points, was part of a great performance from the bench that had a total of 42 points.
“They brought a lot of energy,” said Kamansky. “We need that production all year long from our bench.”
“It’s a great feeling for our guys, knowing that when we come to play and we play smart, that we can compete with the best,” said Kamansky.
The Broncos took on the Cougars on Saturday, defeating them 79-72.
The Broncos got off to a great start in the first 10 minutes of regulation, as they led 25-14.
CPP headed into halftime with a 41-33 lead, after having an efficient field goal percentage of 58.3 compared to 43.5 percent.
In the second half, the Broncos were unable to keep the lead, as the Cougars scored a three-pointer at the three-minute mark to put them up 67-66.
Sophomore guard Jeremy Dennis came in clutch in the final minute of the game, as he nailed a three-pointer to give the Broncos a 73-70 lead.
Dennis was efficient throughout the game, as he finished the game with 22 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field. He was perfect from the free-throw line going 8-for-8 and the three-point line going 4-of-4.
“[Dennis] took good shots tonight,” said Kamansky. “He proved to himself that he can play.”
The Broncos knocked down their free throws down the stretch to pull away with a 79-72 victory.
Faison was one of the players that helped the Broncos in the final minutes of the game.
“He has to be our go to guy this year, and he knows it,” said Kamansky. “He made some big plays down the stretch.”
Faison finished the game with 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field to go along with a team high nine rebounds.
CPP finished the game shooting 51.9 percent from the field.
“Everyone wants to win a national title; every team in the country is saying that right now,” said Kamansky. “We just want to maximize what we have this year, and if [we’re] good enough, [our] obvious goal will be to make the NCAA tournament and kind of go from there. We just want to get better with every game.”
Courtesy of Bronco Athletics
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