Second half rally falls short

By Azariah Long

Men’s Basketball lost Saturday against the Chico State 76-65 ending its five-game winning streak.

The Broncos struggled offensively and defensively throughout the game.

“We came out without our usual focus and we were not as tight,” said sophomore guard Jordan Ogundiran.

Ogundiran scored a team-high 17 points.

The Broncos won the tip and turned the ball over on their first possession, but were able to score on their second.

Senior guard Daylan Lawrence scored a layup giving the Broncos their first basket of the game.

The Broncos forced the Wildcats to shoot tough shots and turn the ball over in the first five minutes of the game.

With 10:31 left in the first half the score was 22-13.

The Broncos trailed due to the Wildcats finding a way to score through the Broncos’ zone defense.

With 8:45 left in the half, the Broncos trailed by 11 points.

A couple of plays after a time out, Ogundiran ripped the ball from a Wildcat player and drove coast to coast scoring on an up and under move at the basket.

At the half, the Broncos trailed 39-26.

“The first half, they came out and attacked us early. We allowed too much penetration, too many fouls and they had us on our heels,” coach Greg Kamansky said.

“But in the second half we played better.”

Ogundiran scored on a cut to the basket to get the Broncos going in the second half.

After pulling within single digits, a Chico State 5-0 stretched the deficit back to 10 points.

In the second half the Broncos outscored the Wildcats 39-37, but the deficit was too large.

Men’s basketball extended its winning streak to five games on Thursday beating Humboldt State 73-70 and matching the Broncos win total from last year with more than a month remaining in the regular season.

With the game tied at 68 and less than a minute remaining, sophomore guard William Christmas knocked down a three-pointer with 45 seconds left on the clock.

Humboldt could only manage two points on its possession.

Leading 71-70, an intentional foul sent Ogundiran to the free-throw line.

With eight seconds left, the Broncos’ (9-2 California Collegiate Athletic Association, 12-3) best free-throw shooter at 82.8 percent went to the line for the first time in the game.

He knocked down both shots extending the Broncos lead to three.

A three-point attempt at the buzzer missed its mark as the Broncos improved their road record to 5-1.

The Broncos jumped in front of Humboldt (6-11 CCAA, 3-8) 9-3 after just over two minutes thanks two three pointers by fifth-year senior guard Quentin Taylor and Lawrence.

Five minutes into the game, the Broncos four made field goals came from beyond the arc.

CPP led for the majority of the first half, but fell behind after a 5-1 run from Humboldt in the last five minutes of the half.

A three-pointer by sophomore guard Riley Schaefer with 1:18 left in the half took the Broncos into the half up 25-24.

Schaefer came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field in 20 minutes of action.

Schaefer accounted for 18 of the Broncos 23 bench points as Cal Poly Pomona’s bench outscored Humboldt’s 23-4.

CPP’s starters also made an impact as three of the starting five finished with double-digit point totals.

Riley Schaefer came off the bench to score 18 points in 20 minutes of action against Humboldt State

Courtesy of CPP Sports Information

Riley Schaefer came off the bench to score 18 points in 20 minutes of action against Humboldt State

William Christmas is averaging 13.2 PPG

Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post

William Christmas is averaging 13.2 PPG

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