Broncos move up, Coyotes back in regional poll

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team moved up from fourth to third in the latest Division II West Regional poll released today. Cal State San Bernardino checked back in at No. 10 but will have to work its way up to at least No. 8 to advance to the postseason.

The Broncos have won eight straight games.

Both local teams will be on the road for their last two road games – San Francisco State and Monterey Bay, neither of which is a gimme.

The biggest fall was by Humboldt State which dropped out from sixth after losing to both local teams last weekend.

What it all means is that this year’s CCAA men’s tournament should be a dandy. Last year the top four teams had already sewed up spots in the regional and while they may not have exactly “thrown” their tournament games. They weren’t exactly upset at losing them either.

This year teams are playing for their lives. Humboldt, a perennial West region power, needs to get back in and both San Bernardino and San Diego need to move up. Even Dominguez Hills has a lot at stake as it is in position to host a sub-regional.

1. Brigham Young-Hawaii 18-1 14-0
2. Cal State Dominquez Hills 19-4 19-4
3. Cal Poly Pomona 14-5 14-5
4. Central Washington 13-5 12-5
5. Western Washington 12-5 11-5
6. Seattle Pacific 16-6 14-5
7. St. Martin’s 17-7 14-5
8. Chaminade 12-5 10-4
9. UC San Diego 14-7 14-7
10. Cal State San Bernardino 14-8 14-8

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Cal State’s Montgomery earns weekly accolade

Cal State San Bernardino guard Devin Montgomery has been named Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of February 16-22.

Montgomery, a 6-foot senior from Los Angeles, Calif., played a key role in helping the Coyotes to a pair of victories that enabled them to stay within one game of the CCAA lead heading into the final week of the season. The CSUSB senior averaged 27.0 points and 4.5 assists as Cal State San Bernardino posted wins over Humboldt State and Sonoma State.

In Friday’s 86-84 overtime victory over Humboldt State, Montgomery scored 25 points, collected three assists and a steal in 43 minutes. He scored the Coyotes last six points of the game, making four free throws and scoring on lay-up following a steal.

Montgomery came back on Saturday to tally a career-high 29 points, including 21 in the second half, and totaled five assists in a 92-83 come-from-behind victory over Sonoma State.

Cal State San Bernardino concludes the regular season this week with road contests at Humboldt State and Sonoma State on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Wilson CCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week:
Nov. 17-23: Matt Ibewiro (Cal State Stanislaus);

Nov. 24-30: Andy Bocian (Chico State);

Dec. 1-7: Alex Thomas (San Francisco State);

Dec. 8-14: Robert Hayes (San Francisco State);

Dec. 15-21: Larry Gordon (Cal Poly Pomona);

Dec. 29 – Jan. 3: Brandon Brown (Cal State San Bernardino);

Jan. 4-11: Joe Mitchell (Cal State Monterey Bay);

Jan. 12-18: Austin Swift (Cal Poly Pomona);

Jan. 19-25: Jerrell Smith (Cal State Dominguez Hills);

Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Brandon Brown (Cal State San Bernardino);

Feb. 2-8: Brandon Brown (Cal State San Bernardino);

Feb. 9-15: Michael Hernandez (Cal State Dominguez Hills);

Feb. 16-22: Devin Montgomery (Cal State San Bernardino).

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Redlands men finish with win

In the final home game of the 2008-09 season, the University of Redlands men’s basketball team provided a memorable sendoff for senior Travis Miller (Coto de Caza, CA) with an exciting victory over the Tigers of Occidental College by a score of 63-62.  However, this night stands out in Miller’s mind for one reason in particular as he sank the final layup with 2.7 seconds remaining for the win.

The first half saw a back-and-forth battle with the Bulldogs gaining a six-point edge at the half. Redlands took advantage of Oxy’s 10 turnovers in the opening period, converting them to nine points, which proved to be difference.

The Tigers tied the game at 43 apiece off of a 6-0 run early in the second half. After a Redlands timeout at 14:52, the Bulldogs returned the favor with eight unanswered points to put them up 51-43 with 11:05 remaining.  Oxy eventually closed the gap and moved ahead off of two made free-throws by junior forward Sean Anderson (Burbank, CA) at the five-minute mark.

After trading turnovers, the Tigers converted their next possession on an Anderson dunk, stretching their lead to three points with 3:35 to go. Redlands responded with an important three-pointer by freshman forward Stephen Call (Portola Valley, CA) to tie the game at 61.  Oxy freshman wing Jack Hanley (Seattle, WA) sank just one of his two free throws with 1:29 remaining, which left the door open for Redlands.

Although both teams failed to score on their next possessions, the ball was in the Bulldogs’ hands with four seconds to play.

Following timeouts by both teams, Head Coach Jim Ducey drew up a play for Miller to finish his career as the hero and it worked.  With Oxy tightly defending junior guard Patrick Coffey (San Carlos, CA), who supplied 17 points on the night, Miller went by his defender and cut under the basket for the uncontested layup and the game-winning basket.

With 2.7 seconds remaining, Oxy threw up a last-ditch effort and missed at the buzzer.

Miller contributed a career-high six assists in his final game with the Bulldogs, along with eight points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Sophomore Matt Dietrich (Phoenix, AZ) led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Coffey added 17 points, four steals, and three assists.

For Oxy, Anderson posted a game-high 24 points and 10 boards, while Hanley chipped in 15 points.

Redlands (10-15, 6-8 SCIAC) finishes out the season in sixth place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings, while Oxy placed fifth.

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