Tritons Down Cal Poly Pomona, Advance to Regional Semis
SAN DIEGO - For the second time in a week the University of California San Diego men's basketball team defeated conference rival Cal Poly Pomona with a 61-50 decision in an NCAA West Regional quarterfinal Saturday at Point Loma's Golden Gymnasium.
Fourth-seeded UC San Diego (26-7), which won its eighth-straight game, advances to take on sixth-ranked and top-seeded Point Loma in a semifinal on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Guard Tyrell Roberts scored a career-high 24 points on 9-for-19 shooting with four 3-pointers. It was the sixth 20-plus point performance for the redshirt freshman. Senior guard Christian Bayne finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists while redshirt junior center Chris Hansen recorded his 12th double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 boards. Hansen was named to the Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association All-West Region First Team earlier on Friday.
The Tritons scored the first 11 points of the game and led by 10, 26-16, at halftime.
Down by 11, 37-26, with 12:47 left in the second half, the fifth-seeded Broncos went on a 13-2 run that had the contest tied at 39-39 with 8:18 on the clock. UC San Diego responded with a 14-4 run over the next six minutes to go back up by 10 points, 53-43, with just over two minutes left. Hansen put an exclamation point on the run with a dunk. Cal Poly Pomona got no closer than seven the rest of the way and UC San Diego's Jeremy Johnson put down a double-handed slam to close out the night's scoring.
The Tritons shot 41.2 percent (21-51) for the game and made eight 3-pointers. Cal Poly Pomona shot 32.8 percent (20-61).
William Christmas led the Broncos with 19 points.
UC San Diego defeated Cal Poly Pomona, 71-62, on March 9 in the championship game of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.
Point Loma (27-4) punched its ticket to the semifinals with a 70-58 victory against Western Oregon Friday night. It was the Sea Lions' first-ever NCAA postseason win.
UC San Diego and PLNU met early in the season on November 14 with the Sea Lions taking a 75-73 overtime win at Golden Gymnasium.
The Tritons are playing in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the fourth-straight year and fifth time overall.
Quarterfinals - Friday, March 15
#3 Saint Martin's 63, #6 Concordia 60
#2 Seattle Pacific 77, #7 Chaminade 75
#4 UC San Diego 61, #5 Cal Poly Pomona 50
#1 Point Loma 70, vs #8 Western Oregon 58
Semifinals - Saturday, March 16
5:00 pm: Saint Martin's vs Seattle Pacific
7:30 pm: Point Loma vs. UC San Diego
Final - Monday, March 18
7:30 pm: Semifinal winners (winner advances to NCAA Elite Eight, March 27-30 in Evansville, Ind.)
About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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