Men’s basketball won Saturday night in a blowout win against Cal State San Bernardino 89-70 to clinch the regular season California Collegiate Athletic Association title.
The Broncos last won the CCAA regular season title in 2012 and it’s the second time since 1947.
“They played like champions tonight,” coach Greg Kamansky said. “I couldn’t be happier with the leadership and a great attitude tonight.”
Junior guard Jordan Ogundiran led the team with 23 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Ogundiran had 17 of his 23 points in the first half.
“He was more in control in his jumper and he had a great catch and shoot,” said Kamansky. “He has been the catalyst for our offense the whole year.”
Three minutes into the game, Ogundiran hit back-to-back threes on passes from senior guards Daylan Lawrence and Quentin Taylor.
The Broncos started the game with a 13-3 run in the first six minutes sparked by sophomore forward Justin Young who started the night with a two handed dunk.
With 11:44 left in the half, the Broncos led the Coyotes 20-11.
Senior guard Jeremy Dennis scored a corner three with 8:14 left in the half to put the Broncos up 30-15. Dennis missed part of the season with a broken foot.
“Once I broke my foot I thought my season was over, but being back, the biggest thing is to leave it out on the floor because it can be taken away from you at any moment,” Dennis said.
Freshman guard Phoenix Shackelford also made a 3-pointer to help put the Broncos up 36-17 with four minutes left in the half. Schackleford finished with 11 points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists.
The Broncos led 46-26 at the half.
In the first half, Cal Poly Pomona shot 62 percent from the field and 45 percent on 7-of-15 shooting from three.
“Definitely getting into the lane and making the extra pass and not try to be selfish, not trying do it all at once and playing great team basketball to find an open man,“ said Taylor.
Taylor finished with 10 points.
The Coyotes went on a 12-0 to start the second half cutting the lead to eight.
The Broncos led 67-45 with 11 minutes left for the largest lead of the night.
The Broncos will play tonight at home against eighth seeded Cal State Dominguez Hills in the first round of CCAA tournament. The Broncos are the number one seed and are hosting the tournament. The semifinal and final of the tournament will be played this Friday and Saturday.
“Every game, every team is going to score, but we don’t need to try to outscore them, we just have to play great defense and we have to play great defense every game,” Taylor said.
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