By Anthony Carrillo
The men’s basketball team faced the Cal State San Marcos Cougars in a rematch Thursday, losing 76-88.
The Broncos were on a two-game losing streak coming into this game facing a red hot San Marcos looking to extend its winning streak to four games.
An early offensive jolt from sophomore Jordan Ogundiran would prove to be the only offense the Broncos could muster up in the first half as his 12 points would lead the team at the end of the first half.
The whole team shot 40 percent in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Opposing player Tyson Kygar made mincemeat of Cal Poly Pomona’s 2-3 defense as his long range proved to be a problem for the Broncos.
Kygar ended the half with 14 points all coming from beyond the arc with two four-point plays that not only tied the game for the Cougars, but energized the team to grab the lead in the eleventh minute of the first half and did not look back for the rest of the game.
The whole team went 8-16 from downtown in the first half as it closed out the half with a score of 27-43.
Facing a deficit of 16 points in the beginning of the second half, the Broncos opened up the half with a 4-0 run cutting the lead to just 12.
From there on, baskets seemed to come few and far between.
The San Marcos Cougars proceeded to lay it on the struggling Broncos and stretch their lead to as large as 21 points.
The Broncos fell for the third time in a row and the Cougars prolonged their winning streak to four games.
By the numbers, it seems that the Broncos’ biggest issue was not being able to string together a series of offensive runs.
The dwindling offense was evident in the closing five minutes of the first half as the Cougars closed the quarter on a 12-2 run.
In the end, the Cougars’ strong offense, led by Josh Spiers, who had a game high of 30 points in 34 minutes, proved too much for the men of CPP to handle.
A bright spot for the Broncos during this game, and ultimately this season, was the play from Ogundiran.
The young guard piled up 23 points and rattled in four from the three-point line.
Courtesy of Bronco Athletics
Sophomore Joran Ogundiran piled up 23 points in an effort to fend off the San Marcos Cougars
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