The long trip to Las Vegas proved well worth it for the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team as the Broncos surged past Western Washington 73-60 at the Great Western Shootout Friday at the Doolittle Community Center.
Preseason All-America forward Larry Gordon scored a game-high 26 points for the Broncos (4-2). He shot 8-of-11 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. He also had eight rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Joining him in double figures were Walter Thompson (12), Austin Swift (11) and Dahir Nasser (10).
The Vikings (6-2) led 47-46 four minutes into the second half but the Broncos went on a 17-3 run over the next nine minutes and led 64-49 with 7:03 to go.
The Vikings, who shot 23.3 percent (7-of-30) from the field in the second period, never got closer than nine. Western hit just 36.1 percent (22-of-61) from the floor, making only 6 of 22 3-point attempts, and was just 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) at the line.
Western was led by Fontana High School product Ira Graham who tallied
17 points, two rebounds and two assists.
The Broncos shot 49.1 percent (26-of-53) from the field and
converted 17 of 20 (85.0 percent) free throws.
A rare winter storm hit Southern Nevada on Wednesday, dumping as much as seven inches of snow, the most in nearly 30 years. That grounded flights at the Las Vegas airport, and forced closure of many major highways.
Cal State Stanislaus withdrew from the tournament, which was scheduled to begin Thursday, and the Broncos were not able to get to Las Vegas until Thursday night. That meant no games for the other tourney participant, Central Washington, which had been in town since Monday.