LA JOLLA, Calif. – The UC San Diego men’s basketball team was held to 15 first-half points as No. 23 Cal Poly Pomona prevailed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) matchup, 69-57, Friday night at RIMAC Arena. James McCann (Carlsbad/La Costa Canyon HS) led the Tritons on the night and scored a game-high 21 points and dished out three assists to tie the UCSD all-time career record for dimes.
McCann finished the night six-of-13 from the field, including a pair of threes, and made seven-of-nine free throws. He also grabbed three boards and added a steal to his line for the night. Aleks Lipovic scored 12 points and recorded four rebounds, while Adam Klie was the final Triton in double-digits with 10 points and five rebounds.
Cal Poly Pomona jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead and grabbed their largest lead of the night of 21 points, 34-14, right before the first half concluded. The Broncos led 34-15 at the intermission.
UCSD was held to a shooting percentage of .130 in the half on three-of-23 field goals, including one-of-10 from beyond the arc, while CPP shot .583 on 14-of-24 from the floor.
The Tritons responded in the second half by scoring 42 points, but the Broncos were too much to handle in the end. UCSD cut the deficit to ten on multiple occasions, but couldn’t come any closer as CPP earned the road win, 69-57.
UCSD finished with a mark of .396 from the floor compared to CPP’s .542. The Tritons out-rebounded the Broncos 31-30, but were outscored 32-22 in the paint.
Cal Poly Pomona was led by 15 points from DeRonn Scott and 13 points apiece from Chad Haysbert and Jordan Finn. Haysbert finished a perfect six-of-six from the field and also grabbed six rebounds.
The Tritons, who entered on a two-game winning streak, fall to 9-8 overall and 5-8 in conference play following the loss. CPP has now won 12-straight contests and improves to 14-3 overall and 12-1 in the CCAA. The Broncos, who sit in second place in the league, travel to first-place Cal State San Bernardino (12-0 CCAA) tomorrow night.
UCSD will face Humboldt State tomorrow night at RIMAC Arena with the tipoff slated for 7:30 p.m. The Tritons have won three-consecutive meetings against the ‘Jacks, including a 75-69 win in Arcata on Dec. 5.