Cal State men trounce Pac West foe

Junior center Brandon Brown scored 19 points and collected 12 rebounds and three blocks to lead Cal State San Bernardino to a 96-54 win over San Francisco Academy of the Art Sunday in the CCAA-Pac West Challenge at Valley High School in Las Vegas.

The New Orleans native was solid in his debut weekend. In Saturday’s loss to Grand Canyon he tallied 21 points, 13 boards and four blocks.

“He definitely gives us a presence down low that we didn’t have before,” coach Jeff Oliver said. “He was the bright spot for us. No doubt.”

The Coyotes (3-5) shot 54 percent (34-of-62) from the field, including a 14-for-29 from 3-point range.

Reggie Brown added 18 points, making six of his nine long distance shots. Tim Denson added 18 points while Devin Montgomery and Lawrence Tyson chipped in with 13 points each.

Tyson also collected seven rebounds and four assists while DuBois Williams contributed six rebounds and 10 of the Coyotes 26 assists.

It was a season-high in the scoring column and also marked the fewest points allowed.

 The Coyotes finished with a 42-33 edge on the boards and cut their turnovers down to 15. They also hit 14 of 20 free throws, an improvement of 14-for-28 the previous night.

“It was a little better. We shared the ball better and looked for each other and it’s the first time we outrebounded anyone,” Oliver said. “But we still didn’t execute all that well at times. But it’s some progress.

The Urban Knights (0-11) shot just 32 percent (21-for-61) from the field. Sophomore point guard Weleh Dennis led them with 18 points.

The Coyotes are off until Jan 2 when they resume CCAA play with a 7:30 p.m. game against Cal State Stanislaus at Coussoulis Arena.

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Las Vegas a popular spot for college teams

Las Vegas seems to be the place for Division II basketball as the city hosted several events this week with Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona playing at different venues.

The Broncos needed more than 24 hours to make what should be a four-hour trip because of the eight inches of snow that blanketed the area. It took nearly seven hours for the team to make it from the school to Laughlin where it could go no further and had to spend the night.

The next day it took almost four to make what is typically a 90-minute at most trip from there to Las Vegas.

The team vans were stopped for hours at a time. The players took time to get out and stretch their legs. They had snowball fights and built a snowman.

Games the first day had to be called off. Not only could the Broncos not get into Vegas until late that night, but Cal State Stanislaus had its flight from Sacramento to Vegas canceled.

Cal Poly eventually got to Vegas but Stanislaus pulled a low-class move and bailed on the tournament. The Warriors could have gotten out the next day and still played their second of two games in the event on Friday. But they opted not to try and reschedule their flight.

That left Central Washington without a game. That school was one of the host teams and spent $13,000 between its stay and the cost of hosting the event. And yet it never played.

It has a right to be upset.

Word gets out about such moves so it wouldn’t be surprising if the Warriors weren’t invited back.

SBVC football player headed to Dixie State

San Bernardino Valley College sophomore offensive lineman Thad Quist has signed a letter of intent with Division II Dixie State College of Utah.

Dixie State is located in St. George, Utah about 120 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Rebels, coached by Ron Haun, went 4-7 in 2008.

Quist, out of Arlington High School in Riverside, was an All-Mountain Conference honorable mention this season.

Redlands women lose to Coe

The University of Redlands suffered a tough 58-67 loss to the Coe College Kohawks (IA) in tonight’s final game of the 2008 Redlands Winter Classic.  

 

The Bulldogs fell behind by as many as 10 points in the first half but inched their way back into the game.  Redlands took its first lead with 6:04 to go in the second half, pulling ahead by one point.  However, Coe fought back with persistent defense and strong shooting, and held on for the win.

 

Redlands gained 22 points from junior forward Meghan Yetman (Danville, CA), shooting 9-for-12 from the floor.  She also came up with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

 

  Sophomore guard Mariah Barbetti-Cort  (Ventura, CA) and freshman forward Courtney Carroll (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) each chipped in 14 points in the loss.

 

Coe was led by junior center Brittany Norris, who provided 17 points, including three-for-three shooting from beyond the arc.  Calie Sobaski and Sarah Anciaux contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively, to round out the double-digit scorers.

 

All-Tournament team

Brittany Norris (C)

Sarah Anciaux (C)

Clarissa Holz (L)

Meghan Yetman (R)

 

MVP:  Trenecca Jones (L)

Coyotes fall to Grand Canyon

The Cal State State San Bernardino men’s basketball team dropped its fifth game in seven tries, this time falling to Grand Canyon 76-71 Saturday at Valley High School in Las Vegas.

Cal State shot 52 percent from the field while Grand Canyon shot just 37 percent and rebounds were even at 37-all. But the Coyotes had 20 turnovers and hit just 14 of 28 free throws while the Antelopes (4-4) hit 21 of 27 tries from the stripe.

“We continue to find new ways to lose,” Cal State coach Jeff Oliver said. “We did show a little more fight and I was pleased with that. We still just haven’t put it all together.”

The bright spot was the play of junior forward Brandon Brown who tallied 23 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in his Cal State debut.

“He played well. We just have to have some other guys jump on board,” Oliver added.

The only other player in double figures was Lawrence Tyson who had 18 with five assists. DuBois Williams had six points and 11 rebounds.

Leading scorer Devin Montgomery was held to seven and second-leading scorer Tim Denson managed just two.

The Coyotes will play San Francisco Academy of the Arts (0-10) Sunday in Las Vegas.

La Verne women improve to 6-0

In Saturday’s first game of the 2008 Redlands Winter Classic, the University of La Verne cruised to a 73-47 victory over Marian University (WI). 

 

 After opening the game on a 10-0 run, the Leopards remained in control of the game and never looked back.  They converted Marian’s 21 turnovers into 24 points and looked to their bench to score 21 points in the win. 

 

La Verne boasted five players in double figures with Trenecca Jones, Ashley Paul, and Clarissa Holz each scoring 12 points, while Emily Carrillo and Tedra Clark chipped in 10 apiece. 

 

 Jones also added nine rebounds, including six on the offensive end, while Carillo tallied seven boards.

Broncos cruise past Western Oregon

By Michelle Gardner

Staff Writer

POMONA – Cal Poly Pomona sophomore guard Reyana Colson admits she still isn’t 100 percent healthy. That is bad news for Bronco opponents.

Colson scored a career-high 26 points and dished out seven assists and two steals to lead Cal Poly to a 77-57 win over Western Oregon in the opening game of the Bronco Invitational Friday at Kellogg Gymnasium.

Colson, the team’s second-leading scorer last year as a freshman, missed the first five games this season with tendonitis in her knee, then played limited minutes in her first two back. She has scored 66 points in the three games since then.

“I thought we played pretty well without her but we’re so much better with her,” coach Scott Davis said. “Now we have everyone back in the right position. She is the one that makes us go.”

Playing through the injury was not an option. Davis said Colson is one of the gutsiest players on the team. So when she said the pain had gotten unbearable, he didn’t hesitate sitting her out.

The Compton native said she is probably “85 to 90 percent healthy”  but is still working her way into playing shape.

“The knee isn’t hurting near as bad but I hadn’t played in a
month so I was way out of shape,” she said. “I’m getting there.”

Davis expected more of a challenge but the Broncos (5-5) were never threatened. Colson scored eight of her team’s first 12 points and 10 of its first 20, including a driving layup with 8:50 left in the first half that staked the Broncos to a 20-9 lead.

The biggest lead of the half was 21 points which came twice, the
last at 40-19 to end the half.

The Wolves (4-5) didn’t get in legitimate striking distance. They were able to cut the deficit to 12 at 51-39 with 12:28 to play but the Broncos answered with Colson hitting a short jumper to make it 53-39, then completed a 3-point play a minute later that made it 56-41 and the rout was on.

Colson was followed in the scoring column by Stephisha Walton with 14 points. Megan Ford added 12 with seven rebounds and Unique Anderson contributed 11 with five assists. The Broncos tallied 18 assists as a team.

“I get a lot of my points in transition. That’s my game,” Colson said. “But it’s not about the points. I just want to win.” 

Cal Poly Pomona men get big win

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. 

 

Broncos taking the long road to Las Vegas

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team is on its way to Las Vegas for its annual pre-Christmas junket. The Broncos are scheduled to play Thursday against Central Washington and Friday against Western Washington.

But they’re taking the long road. Snow and poor visability have closed the I-15 north so the Broncos are having to travel to Las Vegas via Arizona. Instead of being a three-hour trip, it’s more ikely to be seven or eight, depending on the weather at the other end.

Cal State San Bernardino will be playing two different foes there on Saturday and Sunday. They can only hope the weather gets better later in the week.

Broncos get ready for GNAC foes

It seems like this is going to be one of those seasons when nothing comes easy to the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team. So it isn’t surprising the Broncos had to take the long route to Las Vegas.

The Broncos are competing in the Great Western Shootout today and Saturday at the Doolittle Community Center in Las Vegas. They left around 1p.m. on Wednesday, but since snow and rain closed the normal route, the I-15 North, the team had to take the I-10 East and connect with the 95 which proceeds north along the California-Arizona border.

That turned a three-hour trip into a seven-hour journey.

“Most of the guys just slept,” coach Greg Kamansky said. “What else can you do?”

The Broncos’ reward is a pair of games against foes picked to finish first and second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Cal Poly Pomona (3-2) will face No. 12 Central Washington (5-2) Thursday and Western Washington (6-1) on Friday. Both are set for 5 p.m.

The games are important because they will be the Broncos’ lone nonconference games against NCAA Division II teams in-region and that’s a major component that goes toward determining regional ranking and playoff eligibility.

Cal Poly lost to the same two foes by big margins last season.

“Obviously, winning both would be nice but we really need to win at least one,” Kamansky said. “But it’s not going to be easy, because they’re both very good teams. We have to play better than we have to this point.”

The Broncos have four games on their schedule against NAIA teams. One of those was on Monday when Kamansky’s team lost to a solid Master’s College squad.

The Broncos led 38-35 early in the second half before suffering a seven-minute scoring drought that cost them the game.

The good news was senior Larry Gordon looked more like the Larry Gordon of old with a season-high 20 points and 12 rebounds. Cal Poly also got a workman-like effort out of wingman Austin Swift (12 points) and a steady contribution from seldom-used walk-on Jimmy Miayaska.

“We didn’t play bad, we just didn’t finish,” Kamansky said. “It was a winnable game. We did better but we need to keep moving forward.

Both the Wildcats and Vikings loom as formidable foes. One familiar face is the biggest offensive weapon for Western Washington — former Fontana High School standout Ira Graham.

Graham is a two-time GNAC first-team selection. He is sixth in the GNAC in scoring (17.3 ppg) and eighth in free-throw percentage (.806).

“I always look forward to playing against them,” the senior said of the Broncos. “It’s always special to be able to play against one of the hometown teams.”