Broncos blow first half lead

By David Wilson

It has been a long time since men’s basketball had the feeling it had Thursday within the confines of Kellogg Arena.

For the first time since Nov. 11 against Azusa Pacific University in a preseason tournament, the Broncos were beaten. Stanislaus State used a 13-0 run to start the second half to erase an 11-point halftime lead and beat the Broncos 62-58.

“We talked how important it was the first four minutes of the second half because we’ve come out slow a number of times this year,” coach Greg Kamansky said.

“We knew what they were going to do, we knew what we were going to do, and we didn’t execute on defense.”

A 20-5 run in the first seven minutes of the second half left the Broncos trailing 45-41.

The first 13 points of that run came without reply in a five-minute span that ended with a 3-pointer by junior guard Jordan Ogundiran.

“I think that’s just all on us,” Ogundiran said. “We got a lock in more and just focus in on those first five minutes.”

The Broncos went another five minutes without scoring midway through the half missing five consecutive field goals.

Fifth-year senior Quentin Taylor finally converted with 5:14 left in the game pulling Cal Poly Pomona within three.

“We just got to get easier baskets,” Ogundiran said. “Play better defense, force turnovers so then we can leak out and get easy layups.”

Stanislaus went on a 6-0 run following that basket that put them ahead 56-47 and the Broncos never mounted a serious comeback.

After shooting 51.7 percent from the field in the first half, the Broncos made seven field goals on 30 attempts and got to the free-throw line eight times compared to the Warriors’ 22.

Stanislaus State (14-7 overall, 9-6 California Collegiate Athletic Association) entered the game with a 7-3 record on the road this season and jumped out to a 10-5 lead five minutes into the game.

In the next seven minutes CPP tore off a 20-8 run and led 25-18.

Senior guard Jeff Nibo knocked down back-to-back threes as part of the run.

Ogundiran led the team with seven points in the first half.

Sophomore guard William Christmas scored six straight points in a two-minute span in the latter part of the half.

On his third basket, Christmas rebounded his own missed shot and tipped it in as it deflected off the backboard. Cal Poly Pomona put an exclamation point on the half with a 7-1 run in the final five minutes of the half.

Senior center Kyle Gouveia caused problems all game for the Broncos tallying 12 points on six of seven shooting all inside the paint.

“Well he’s 6’8, 240, we don’t have a guy that size in our program,” Kamansky said.

“That’s been our big issue all year for us is trying to figure out how to guard those guys.”

Ogundiran and Christmas led the team in scoring with 12 points each, on a combined 9-for-23 from the field.

“They did a good job of collapsing in the paint and I just made some bad decisions tonight and they capitalized on it,” Ogundiran said.

CPP (16-4, 13-3 CCAA) returns to action this week with an unusual schedule.

The team will make-up a matchup against Cal State San Marcos that had been cancelled due to wildfires today at home and travel to UC San Diego and Cal State San Marcos on Friday and Saturday night.

The Broncos ranked 19th in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches poll and sit top of the CCAA heading into games against second and fourth place in the conference.

“We hang our heads Tuesday night we’ll get beat by 30 I’ll guarantee you that,” Kamansky said.

“We hang our heads Friday night, we’ll get beat by 40, this is how good these teams are.”

After this week’s games the Broncos close out the regular season conference schedule with three consecutive home games.

Jordan Ogundiran was joint leading scorer against Stanislaus State with 12 points

Tevin Voong / The Poly Post

Jordan Ogundiran was joint leading scorer against Stanislaus State with 12 points

Riley Schaefer tallied five points, nine rebounds and three assists off the bench

Tevin Voong / The Poly Post

Riley Schaefer tallied five points, nine rebounds and three assists off the bench

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