No. 12 UCSD Gets Big League Win at No. 13 Cal Poly Pomona
POMONA, Calif. - A fourth-straight win is always big. Much more so when it comes against a fellow top-15 team on the road. The No. 12 UC San Diego men's basketball team recorded a 41-35 conference victory versus 13th-ranked Cal Poly Pomona Saturday night at Kellogg Arena.
UCSD improved to 17-3 overall and 12-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The Tritons sit atop the league standings with Chico State (10-2) in second and Cal Poly Pomona (9-4) in third.
Both teams struggled mightily on the offensive side of the ball. The Tritons shot a season-low 26.7 percent (12-45) overall and a dreary 10 percent (2-20) from behind the three-point line. The 41 points were the fewest scored by the team since 2011 and 19 less than than this season's previous low.
CPP finished at 24.5 percent (12-49) overall and 19 percent (4-21) from three. The 35 points scored were the least for any UCSD opponent this season.
Stingy defenses were on display as the Tritons turned the ball over 21 times and the Broncos 19.
"Ugly wins are still wins," said UCSD head coach Eric Olen. "I'm really proud of the way our guys continued to compete despite struggling offensively. This was one of our best defensive efforts this season."
The win gave the Tritons their first-ever regular season series sweep against the Broncos since moving to NCAA Division II status for the 2000-01 season. They had previously won on Jan. 2 in La Jolla, 72-69.
UC San Diego's Adam Klie posted his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, both game-highs. Freshman Chris Hansen had 11 points. Defensively, Klie and George Buaku had two steals apiece.
The Broncos, who dropped to 16-4 on the season, were led by Jordan Faison's nine points, six boards and three blocks. Barry Bell had eight points, three steals and two assists.
The Tritons scored the first two points of the game and never trailed. Tied 4-4, a Klie layup at 14:27 of the opening half put UC San Diego up for good. Leading by seven, 18-11, at halftime, UCSD got up by 18 (34-16) on another Klie layup with 7:48 left in the game.
UC San Diego plays just one game next week - on the road at Cal State San Bernardino. It will be the only regular season meeting between the two teams.