Winning streak, tournament come to an end for HSU men's basketball
STOCKTON, Calif. – A stifling defensive effort by No. 2 Cal Poly Pomona ended the Humboldt State men’s basketball team’s California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament stay, 78-68, Friday in Stockton Arena.
Cal Poly Pomona advances to the CCAA Tournament championship game and will face No. 1 seed Chico State Saturday at 8:05 p.m. The Lumberjacks move to 22-8 overall, and they will await the selection committee’s Selection Day decision to see if their season will continue.
“We are extremely proud of our basketball team, especially our seniors, who helped put Lumberjack basketball back on the map where it belongs,” said Head Coach Steve Kinder. “We are excited about what we have accomplished this season, and our team will be on pins and needles on Selection Sunday.”
The first half was a back-and-forth affair between the two teams that split their regular season series. HSU’s largest lead came at the 16:23 mark when Allan Guei drained a 3-pointer to make the Green and Gold advantage four, 8-4.
Cal Poly Pomona’s Daniel Rodriguez led all scorers with 12 points, despite averaging just 6.6 points a game coming into the contest. The first half featured six lead changes and three ties.
Calvin Young II ruled the boards for the Green and Gold and slammed down a pair of momentum-shifting dunks. He finished the period with five boards, eight points and an assist.
The Jacks shot 50 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from 3-point territory. Austin Bryan sank two of HSU’s four first-half treys.
HSU found its stroke from long distance in the second half. Back-to-back treys from Rakim Brown and Drew Cones gave the Green and Gold a six-point, 48-42, lead with 12 minutes to go.
The Broncos full-court press and traps brought the Jacks offensive charge to an end. Cal Poly Pomona went on a 19-4 run beginning at the 11:19 mark and its defense caused several costly 10-second violations.
Cal Poly Pomona stretched its advantage to a game-high 14 points, 76-62, with 32 seconds left and closed out the victory exchanging free throws.
Jordan Faison led the charge for the Broncos and netted 16 second-half points. He was one of three Cal Poly Pomona players to finish with 22 points – a list that included leading scorer Terrence Drisdom and Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s 22-point output marked a season-high for the senior guard.
Young logged his fifth double-double of the season in the loss, and his second in as many days, in the loss. The Fresno, Calif., native scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
Bryan was the only other HSU player to reach double figures against Cal Poly Pomona. He scored a team-best 20 points and was 7-for-13 from the field, 3-for-8 from long range and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe.
The Jacks shot 43.1 percent from the field and converted 9-of-15 (60 percent) free throw opportunities. HSU finished 9-of-22 from 3-point range.
Their postseason fate may be out of their control, but Kinder knows the Jacks have created the foundation for success that will benefit North Coast teams for years to come.
“We have built the right culture in the locker room and have developed the right work ethic,” said Kinder. “That is relieving for me as a head coach going into the spring, summer and next fall. To have these returners experience this and carry on the legacy of our seniors is very exciting, and we are looking forward to the future.”
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