Men defeat San Bernardino by two points

By Bri Wingfield

Although the men’s basketball team fell to UCSD in a 72-50 loss on Friday, the Broncos overcame the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes Saturday night on the road in a buzzer beating victory.

“We’re going to have to out-hustle every team,” said head coach Greg Kamansky. “Our guys gave everything they had, so I was really happy with the results.”

The final score was 45-43, edging out CSUSB for eighth place and a chance to make the playoffs going into the final week of CCAA league play.

Freshman guard William Christmas scored the buzzer beating put-back, causing the entire Bronco bench to rush the court.

Christmas led CPP across the board with 11 points and seven rebounds.

While the Broncos held on to the lead for most of the game, the Coyotes were never far behind.

The Coyotes tied the game four different times.

Both CSUSB and CPP shot 32 percent from the field goal range.

The Broncos found trouble in maintaining good control of the basketball, committing 21 turnovers as a team.

Cal State San Bernardino took advantage of the Broncos mistakes by scoring 14 points from those turnovers.

Up by six with two minutes to go in the game, it seemed the Broncos would walk away with an easy victory.

However, a steal by Coyotes leading scorer, Eli Brown, converted into a fast break layup and foul shot. He cut the Broncos lead in half with under two minutes remaining.

Another turnover by CPP at the one-minute mark gave the Coyotes a chance at a three-point shot, which they made and tied the game.

Junior guard Daylan Lawrence tallied seven points and four rebounds for the game. Lawrence also influenced the game with solid defense, resulting in two steals.

Sophomore guard Chris Sullivan matched his teammate with seven points on the game. He also added a notable six rebounds and four steals.

Sullivan and Christmas led the team with five turnovers each.

The Broncos face San Francisco State and Sonoma State next week in their final two games of regular season play.

San Francisco State is half a game back from first place in the league and Sonoma State holds second place.

CPP currently stands at seventh place going into the final week of the season and can drop no lower than eighth to make the CCAA playoffs.

Freshman guard William Christmas finished with a game-high seven points

Courtesy of Bronco Athletics

Freshman guard William Christmas finished with a game-high seven points

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