By Miguel Lopez
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team completed a successful weekend on the road, defeating the Sonoma State Seawolves 68-62 on Friday and completing a double-digit win against the San Francisco State Gators 55-40 on Saturday.
CPP now holds a record of 18-4, with a mark of 11-4 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
The Green and Gold’s matchup against the Seawolves was a back-and-forth matchup for the whole game.
In the first half, both teams struggled early on after shooting less than 38 percent from the field. However, the Broncos managed to head into halftime with 25-24 lead.
The first 10 minutes of the second half, saw both teams exchanging baskets. Each team scored 20 points, as CPP led 45-44.
In the last 10 minutes of the second half, the Broncos went on a 23- 18 run to secure the victory. CPP hit big shots down the stretch.
“We moved the ball really well,” said Head Coach Greg Kamansky. “We made the extra pass, and our guys made shots. When we make shots were really good.”
Senior forward Jordan Faison led the Broncos on the offensive and defensive side. He scored 16 points on a 7-for-15 shooting night to go along with 10 rebounds and two blocks.
“He played with a level of physicality in the second half and with confidence,” said Kamansky. “He was just making some strong moves in the second half. When he gets the ball he usually comes through.”
Senior guard Barry Bell added nine points and three assists. Sophomore guard Jeremy Dennis contributed 11 points to go along with four rebounds.
“When Jeremy is on, he’s a good player,” said Kamansky. “He hit a big shot on crunch time. We need him if were going to be successful.”
CPP finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field, and its defense kept the Seawolves at 40.4 percent from the field. The Broncos got most of their points in the paint after scoring 30 points.
“Is a really big win for us on the road against a good quality team,” said Kamansky. “I’m happy with our guys tonight.”
CPP then went on to defeat the Gators on Saturday, after leading for the majority of the game.
The Broncos got off to a quick start in the first five minutes of the first half, after leading 11-5. The Gators then went on a 19-11 run to close out the first half and headed into halftime with a 24-22 lead.
Near the 14-minute mark of the second half, junior guard Quentin Taylor connected on a three-point shot to give his team a 32-29 lead. After regaining the lead, the Green and Gold went on a 23-11 run to close out the game and secure the victory.
“We put a great effort,” said Kamansky. “I was very happy with the second half.”
Junior guard Quentin Taylor led the Broncos on offense with 14 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals.
CPP’s veterans contributed to the team, as Bell had 12 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists. Faison added 13 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.
The Green and Gold outrebound the Gators 39-27. CPP’s strong defense limited the Gators to just 24.5 percent from the field.
“Our defense was great last night,” said Taylor. “It was a great team effort.”
Zoran Liu-Moy / The Poly Post
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