Strong shooting performances from Barry Bell and Mitchel Anderson sparked the Broncos' offense Saturday as the ninth-ranked Cal Poly Pomona men's basketball team topped Bethesda, 66-44, to stay undefeated.
As a squad, the Broncos shot 51.9 percent and held the visitors to a 38.6-percent showing. With the result, CPP moves to 7-0 overall while the Flames drop to 1-11.
Anderson and Bell contributed 15 points apiece while DeRonn Scott joined them in double figures with 11 points of his own. Scott narrowly missed a double-double showing as he finished with a career-high nine rebounds.
Each of the Broncos' starters collected at least two steals each while sophomore Daniel Rodriguez racked up four steals in reserve duty. Freshman forward Jordan Faison earned his first career start as a Bronco and finished with a season-high 30 minutes to go along with nine points.
Turnovers contributed to slow starts for both offenses as the two squads stumbled out to a 9-9 tie with nine minutes played. The Broncos and Flames combined for 48 turnovers. Rodriguez broke the 9-9 tie with a three-pointer from atop the arc and that started a 12-2 run for CPP that was capped off with a Connor Gacek trey.
The two squads played fairly even through the remainder of the half and a layup from BU's Ralph Monday cut the Broncos' advantage to 30-21 heading into the break.
A jumper from Bell on the opening possession of the second half pushed CPP's lead into double digits and that's where it stayed through the remainder of the game.
The Broncos continued to capitalize on the Flames' high turnover rate and a pair of steals led to back-to-back fastbreak layups for Bell. Those baskets at the 15:53 and 15:24 marks pushed CPP's edge to 42-25.
Scott found his shooting rhythm in the second half. His lone three-pointer of the contest raised the Broncos' lead to 17 points at the 11:55 and he added a pair of layups later in the period to help CPP maintain its double-digit advantage before picking up the 22-point result.
The Broncos will resume conference play with a 7:30 p.m. home matchup against Humboldt State on Saturday, Dec. 15.
The Cal Poly Pomona women's basketball team put together a tremendous second-half rally Saturday against Humboldt State but ultimately dropped a 68-61 home loss to the Jacks.
The Broncos trailed by 13 points with just under six minutes to play but stepped up their defensive intensity to limit Humboldt to a 1-for-6 effort from the field through the remainder of the contest.
That shutdown defense trimmed the Jacks' lead to 63-61 with 30 seconds to play. Similarly to the two teams' meeting earlier this year though, Humboldt closed out strong at the free throw line while the Broncos went 0-for-2 from beyond the arc and those two factors contributed to the seven-point result in favor of the visitors.
Despite CPP struggling from the free throw line in the early going, the Broncos improved their performance in the later stages of Saturday's game. J.J. Judge and Rachel Hatch contributed identical 7-for-8 efforts at the line and Ashley Boggs contributed a 4-for-4 showing. In the final 90 seconds Saturday, Hatch went a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Boggs notched her third-career double-double performance as she totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds. Judge delivered a game-high 20 points to go along with eight boards. Hatch added 11 points of her own.
The result drops the Broncos to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) while the Jacks improve to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Rebounding played an important role in Saturday's contest and HSU ended up with a 46-38 edge in that category. Lisa Petty led the way as she ended up with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
The Broncos opened the first half strong with a Boggs three-pointer giving CPP a 10-8 lead at the 15:31 mark and then a Boggs layup pushing the margin to six points at 12:46. The Jacks countered well though, reeling off a 12-2 run with stellar play from Kelly Kime.
Humboldt's lead increased to as many as 14 but the high-energy play of CPP freshman Cydnie Jones helped the hosts pull the difference back to single digits with transition baskets late in the half.
Out of the break, the Broncos slowly chipped away at the Jacks' advantage and a 6-0 run powered by Boggs and Hatch tied the score at 38-38 with 12:33 to play. The Jacks responded with a 13-2 spurt, helped along by solid free-throw shooting.
Humboldt held a double-digit lead even up to the 3:30 mark but CPP once again bounced back. The Broncos' defensive energy frustrated the Jacks a bit and a technical foul provided CPP with extra chances at the line. Judge and Hatch continued to convert there and Humboldt clung to a 63-61 edge with 30 seconds to play.
Once again though, the Jacks finished strong and outscored the Broncos 5-0 the rest of the way.
CPP returns to action Dec. 18 with a 2 p.m. game against Point Loma Nazarene. The game will be held at Azusa Pacific's Felix Events Center as part of a two-day APU Invitational.