By Miguel Lopez
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team split the weekend on the road, defeating the Chico State Wildcats 67-61 in a thrilling matchup on Friday but came up short to the Stanislaus State Warriors in overtime 80-68 on Saturday.
CPP now holds a record of 20-6 with a mark of 13-6 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
In front of a national live game on ESPN3 and in front of 2,057 spectators, the Broncos were able to overcome an 18-point second-half deficit to earn the victory against the Wildcats.
“It was one for the memories that’s for sure,” said Head Coach Greg Kamansky. “It [was] a big game against a top team. Obviously being on ESPN3 made it much more special”
In first 10 minutes of the first half, the Green and Gold played great defense, as it led 13-7. Chico State went on a 22-4 run to end the first half and head into halftime with a 29-17 lead.
CPP’s largest deficit came near the 10-minute mark in the second half, after being down by 18 points, 52-34. In the last 10 minutes of regulation, the Broncos went on a 33-9 run to earn a tough comeback victory.
Freshman guard Jordan Ogundiran and senior forward Jordan Faison combined for 19 points to help lead the comeback for the Broncos during their run in the final 10 minutes of regulation. Faison scored the last six points for CPP after a layup with one minute remaining and scored four consecutive free throws.
“Ogundiran played awesome,” said Kamansky. “He made good decisions, and we just let him have the ball and let him and Faison play a little two-man game.”
Faison finished with 16 points on a 4-for-8 shooting night and 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Faison made history in the game by moving up to No.2 on the all-time scoring list with 1,536 career points.
“He’s a big time player playing in a big time game,” said Kamansky. “At the end he was able to make big plays, and that’s what you expect from him.”
Ogundiran had his best game as a Bronco after scoring 23 points on a 6-for-14 shooting night and was 10-for-10 from the free throw line. He added four steals, four assists and three rebounds.
“He’s fearless,” said Kamansky. “He’s a guy that’s not intimidated, and he’s a winner out there. Ogundiran is not afraid to make a play, and that’s a true freshman.”
The Broncos were proud of their team performance after an impressive comeback victory against a top team.
“There really happy and excited,” said Kamansky. “They put in a great team victory. Everybody contributed, so it’s a great team win for us.”
“We were down by 18 against a good team in a sold out crowd on national television,” said Kamansky. “We didn’t quit.”
CPP then suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Wildcats in overtime on Saturday.
“Tough game obviously,” said Kamansky. “We gave it all we had and came up a little short.”
The Wildcats got off to a quick start in the first 10 minutes of the first half, after leading 19-11. The Broncos then went on a 19-15 run to close out the first half to cut the deficit to 34-30 before halftime.
Near the 11-minute mark of the second half, sophomore guard Jeremy Dennis connected on a three-point shot to give his team a 48-45 lead. Both teams went back-and-forth for the rest of the game, as the game remained tied 62-62 and headed into overtime.
“I thought defensively we stepped it up,” said Kamansky. “We forced 18 turnovers for the game.”
In overtime, the Wildcats jumped to a 12-0 run that eventually sealed the game. The Broncos were outscored 18-6 in overtime.
Junior guard Quentin Taylor led the Broncos with 15 points on a 6-for-15 shooting night to go along with six rebounds and four steals.
“He’s one of our leaders,” said Kamansky. “He really stepped up his game.”
Ogundiran contributed with 15 points and four rebounds. Faison added nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
“Hopefully, we [will] be playing with some confidence and be ready to make a run in the tournament,” said Kamansky.
Miguel Lopez / The Poly Post
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