Box Score | CHICO, Calif. -
The Cal Poly Pomona men's basketball program has had its share of comeback wins in recent years. Saturday's at Chico State will certainly be one of the more memorable ones.
The Wildcats knocked down eight three-pointers in the first half to take a 39-21 lead into the break. Despite the 18-point deficit, the Broncos rallied for 48 points in the second half to capture a thrilling 69-66 road win in the regular season finale.
It was certainly a team effort with a wide range of key players for CPP, a team ranked second regionally and 17th nationally. Jordan Faison
collected 18 points on 9-for-16 shooting while DeRonn Scott
added 16 points along with clutch free throws.
With Cal State San Bernardino defeating Cal State L.A. Saturday to capture the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular season title outright, the Broncos take the No. 2 seed into the conference tournament.
In a 2:30 p.m. tipoff Friday at Ontario's Citizens Business Bank Arena, CPP will challenge the winner of third-seeded Chico State and sixth-seeded San Francisco State. The top-seeded Coyotes will take on the winner of fourth-seeded Cal State Stanislaus and fifth-seeded Cal State L.A.
Ticket prices for the CCAA Championships range from $7 to $25 and can be purchased online at www.AXS.com
, over the phone at (888) 929-7849, or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. Information on student tickets and transportation will be featured on BroncoAthletics.com Monday afternoon.
After falling 74-73 in double overtime at Cal State Stanislaus Friday, the Broncos could have allowed that result to impact their Saturday matchup in Chico. The CPP offense came alive in the second half, getting an offensive board from Faison on the opening possession before Scott delivered for a three-point play off a layup and free throw.
contributed a similar play just a few minutes later and that cut the Wildcats' lead to single digits. Around the 15:30 mark, freshman Quentin Taylor
picked off a Chico pass and raced to the other end, slamming down a fastbreak dunk to quiet the home crowd.
The Broncos pulled closer and closer to the Wildcats but for a little while, Chico wouldn't relinquish the lead. At the 6:22 mark, Bell found Taylor for a wide open three and the first-year guard knocked it down for a 54-52 edge.
The host Wildcats rattled off five-straight points to take the lead back but a Jordan Finn
triple off a Daniel Rodriguez
assist put the Broncos back in control and they didn't give up the edge the rest of the way. Rodriguez finished with nine points, nine rebounds and five assists. Bell added nine points of his own.
Before fouling out, Scott sank two clutch free throws in the final minute. Chico had a chance to send the game into overtime with a last-second three-point attempt but it didn't fall.