LA JOLLA, Calif. - Christian Oshita's double-double wasn't enough as the University of California San Diego men's basketball team dropped an 80-69 decision to 23rd-ranked Cal Poly Pomona Friday on Spirit Night at RIMAC Arena in front of 3,002 fans.
With its second-straight loss, UC San Diego fell to 15-8 overall and 12-5 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Cal Poly Pomona snapped a two-game slide and improved to 17-5 and 14-4, moving back into first place in the conference.
CPP led by 19 points in the first half and had a 12-point advantage at the break. UCSD made it exciting with a 12-0 run early in the second frame that tied it at 41-41 with 15:14 remaining. The Tritons drilled back-to-back-to-back three-pointers by Scott Everman, Oshita, and George Buaku. Kenny Fraser closed out the run with a layup and a free throw.
However, the Broncos responded with a 25-7 run to go up by 18, 66-48, with 6:22 left to play. UCSD chipped away and got back within seven points (76-69) with 48 seconds on the clock, but Cal Poly Pomona made four free throws to ice the victory.
Oshita finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, both game-highs. It was his second-straight double-double and the fourth of his season.
Everman had 18 points and four assists.
Jordan Ogundiran and Quentin Taylor each netted 18 points for the Broncos, while Phoenix Shackelford had 14. Ogundiran added nine rebounds and six assists.
CPP totaled seven steals and scored 21 points off of 13 UCSD turnovers.
Both teams made 10 three-pointers.
The loss ended a six-year run of Spirit Night victories for the Tritons.
UC San Diego plays at Cal State San Bernardino (12-10, 10-8) Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The Coyotes have won five-straight games, including a 94-88 topping of first-place Cal State San Marcos Friday.