LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's basketball team ended its winning streak at four games with a 73-50 defeat from No. 4 Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday at RIMAC Arena.The Tritons, who drop to seventh place in the conference, are 9-10 overall and 8-8 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play. UCSD will go on the road to reclaim its winning ways at 10th-place Cal State Stanislaus (7-13, 4-12 CCAA) in a game slated to go off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
CPP junior guard DeRonn Scott led all scorers with 17 points and had two rebounds and two assists. Scott was supported by senior guard Mitchel Anderson, who had 14 points, a share of the game-high six rebounds, three assists, one block and a steal. Also with six rebounds was junior guard Terrence Drisdom, who scored 12 points and contributed two assists and a game-high three steals while senior center Mohamed Fall finished with 11 points, four rebounds and a steal.
Though UCSD shot well in the first half, hitting 13 of 23 (56.5%) from the field, the Tritons' shooting percentage fell greatly in the second half with a 7-for-22 (31.8%) performance. In comparison, CPP went 13-for-27 (48.1%) and 11-for-21 (52.4%) for the first and second half, respectively.
In addition, the Tritons made six fewer three-pointers in the game, 10-4, while converting a total of six free throws, nine less than the Broncos' 15 for the game. UCSD was also outscored by the Broncos in points off turnovers, 23-13.
Trailing the Broncos, 35-30, at the onset of the second half, the Tritons were within reach of evening the score with CPP. However, a 12-0 run by the Broncos at the start of the closing frame dashed any hopes of UCSD turning its four-game win streak into a five-game span. Anderson's trey with 14:24 left in regulation gave the Broncos a 47-30 lead.
Free throws by McCann cut the deficit to as few as 15 at the 13:59 mark and made the score, 47-32. But Scott extended the Broncos' lead with five straight points in a 20-second span, ending the stretch with a three-pointer to put the Broncos up by a score of 52-32 with 13:01 remaining in regulation.
Although the second half was a one-sided affair, the potential of a huge upset over the fourth-ranked team in the country was still in the cards for the Tritons during the first half.
After the Broncos concluded a 9-0 run to lead at the 12:36 mark, 18-5, the Tritons assembled a 7-0 run. Walker highlighted the span with the run's first five points on a layup and a three-pointer. Senior guard Tyler McGrath's layup finished the run with 10:16 to go before halftime to bring the Tritons within six points, 18-12.
But the Tritons were not done. Following Scott's three-pointer at the 3:48 mark to give the Broncos a double-digit, 32-21 lead, the Tritons took off on a 9-0 run. Senior forward Justin Brue scored four of the run's points. McCann's layup not only closed the stretch with 1:11 before the intermission, but also brought UCSD within a field goal, 32-30, of tying the game.
Unfortunately, the momentum the Tritons had accumulated in nearly three minutes was stolen by Scott, who more than doubled the Broncos' lead, 35-30, upon drilling a trey with 54 seconds to go in the opening half to begin a 15-0 CPP run spanning both halves.
The first-place Broncos, who improve to 19-1 overall and 15-1 in CCAA games, will host 12th-place Cal State East Bay (5-15, 4-12 CCAA) in a contest scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off on Thursday.
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