By Azariah Long
Men’s basketball moved into first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings with a pair of road wins over the weekend.
The team’s third win in a row came Friday night against San Francisco State 78-68.
The Broncos won the tip and scored on a corner three by junior point guard Jordan Ogundiran.
The Broncos (8-1 CCAA, 11-2) played great defense in the first four minutes of the game and did not allow the Gators to score.
The Broncos opened the quarter with a 13-0 run.
“The motto we have is ‘we have to be aggressive’ we have to take the pressure off some of our teammates and keep playing good defense,” said fifth-year senior guard Quentin Taylor.
The Broncos were hitting their shots from all over the floor in the first half and were finding open players.
Ogundiran drove through the lane from the left wing and passed to sophomore guard Nikhil Peters on the right wing for a three-pointer.
The Broncos then stretched their lead to 22-5 with 11 minutes and 42 seconds left in the half.
Senior guard Daylan Lawrence rose over two defenders and scored a three-pointer with less than a second left in the first half to put the Broncos up 52-30 heading into the break.
“We played well in the first half offensively, defensively and we kept the ball moving,” said coach Greg Kamansky.
“We just spent too much time fouling the other team.”
In the second half, the Broncos struggled on offense scoring just 26 points.
After shooting 56.7 percent from the field in the first half, the Broncos shot 38.1 percent, converting on eight field goals in 20 minutes of play.
The team continued to play great defense against the Gators (5-5, 8-7) forcing them to take tough shots.
For the game, San Francisco shot 39 percent from the field compared to the Broncos 49.
Ogundiran earned his first double-double of the season with 12 points and a season-high 10 assists.
“I was just trying to help my teammates get open and get them going because it was important to get my teammates involved,” Ogundiran said.
Taylor finished with a season-high of 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting.
Saturday night, men’s basketball made it four wins in a row defeating Sonoma State 58-48.
Through the first five minutes of the game the score was 2-2, until the Seawolves (3-6, 5-8) hit three pointers.
Peters scored a on a corner three that helped the Broncos regain the lead with 11:46 left in the half.
The Broncos began to settle into their offense by great ball movement and looking for the open shooter.
With 10 minutes left in the half, Ogundiran stole the ball and scored a layup with his right hand to give the Broncos a 14-5 lead.
The Broncos proceeded to go on a 9-0 run.
At the half the Broncos led 26-19.
In the second half, the score kept going back and forth until the Broncos started pulling away with nine minutes left in the game.
In the last seven minutes, the Broncos held the Seawolves to only nine points.
Senior guard Jeff Nibo and Ogundiran led the team in scoring.
Nibo had 11 points and Ogundiran had 17 points.
With over a month of the regular season still to play, the Broncos are one win away from matching their win total from last season.
They are two away from doing the same in conference play.
The Broncos will play two away games this weekend against Humboldt State (3-7, 6-10) on Thursday and Chico State (6-4, 9-5) on Saturday.
Courtesy of CPP Sports Information
Quentin Taylor scored a season-high 16 points against San Francisco State
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