Tritons Overcome 22-Point Deficit But Fall at Cal Poly Pomona
POMONA, Calif. - The 16th-ranked University of California San Diego overcame a 22-point deficit but ended up falling by a 67-62 score at Cal Poly Pomona Thursday in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) men's basketball action at Kellogg Arena.
UC San Diego fell to 17-5 overall and 12-3 in the CCAA. CPP improved to 13-5 and 11-5. The Broncos have won six straight and eight of their last nine.
With 16:28 left in the second half, Cal Poly Pomona went up by 22 points, 55-33, on a Jordan Ogundiran layup. However, UC San Diego exploded for a 27-4 run to wipe out the Broncos' sizable lead and move ahead by a score of 60-59 when center Chris Hansen made a layup at the 3:18 mark. Over the 13 minute and 10 second span, Cal Poly Pomona made zero field goals and missed 17, hitting just four free throws.
At 2:11, Cal Poly Pomona broke its cold shooting spell when William Christmas drilled a three-pointer to put the Broncos back in front, 62-60. After the Tritons missed a pair of three-point attempts, Christmas made a layup to increase CPP's lead to four, 64-60. With 42 seconds remaining, Christian Bayne netted two free throws to get UC San Diego back within two, but Christmas and Chris Sullivan combined to net three free throws down the stretch to allow the Broncos to escape with the victory.
After shooting 56.7 percent (17-30) in the first half, Cal Poly Pomona made just 21.4 percent (6-21) in the second.
UC San Diego had three players hit double-figure point totals including Tyrell Roberts (14), Hansen (13), and Scott Everman (12). All of Everman's points came on four three-pointers in the first half. Hansen grabbed a game co-high nine rebounds and added two blocks. Bayne, Everman, Mikey Howell, and Roberts all had three assists.
The Tritons shot just 34.5 percent for the night, making 19 of their 55 attempts. It was their second-lowest percentage of the season. They hit 11 three-pointers, seven in the first half.
UC San Diego's largest lead was four, coming in the first minute of the game when Everman hit his second-straight three-pointer to make the score 6-2 in favor of the Tritons.
The Broncos, who led 46-27 at halftime, scored 19 points off of 11 turnovers by the Tritons.
Christmas finished with a game-high 24 points. He also brought down nine rebounds and dished out six assists. No other Bronco had more than seven points.
UC San Diego plays at Cal State San Bernardino (14-9, 10-7) on Saturday, February 9 at 3 p.m. The Coyotes have won three of their last four games, including a 69-58 victory against Cal State San Marcos Thursday.
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