For a year the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team had to live with the heartbreak that comes with losing a national championship game in the most dramatic way possible. But the Broncos now have happier memories.
Coach Greg Kamansky’s team was in control from start to finish and defeated Indiana (Penn,) 65-53 in the NCAA Divison II national championship game in Springfield, Mass. on Saturday morning. It was the first title in men’s basketball but the 14th for the school, the most being five in women’s basketball.
Last year the Broncos suffered a 56-53 loss to unbeaten Findlay (Ohio) on a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime. But they took no chances and led wire to wire this time. The Broncos were up by 14 in the first half and 17 in the second. The Crimson Hawks didn’t get closer than eight and that was in the last minute of the game, That’s total control.
Austin Swift was named tournament MVP. That was a no-brainer with the way he played in the post-season. He had 12 points and six rebounds in the title tilt. But as usual the Broncos got contributions from everyone. Dahir Nasser also played a steady, heady game and was named to the All-Tournament team
Donnelle Booker and Tobias Jahn chipped in with 13 and 10 respectively. Jahn was MIA much of the year with injuries but he showed up big time when the Broncos most needed him.
The team will return home on Sunday with their Southwest flight due in at LAX around noon.
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team will play for a national championship for the second straight year.
The Broncos advanced to Saturday’s nationally televised title tilt with a 71-63 win over Bentley (Mass.) in an NCAA Division II semifinal on Thursday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
It was just a year ago that the eluisive national championship slipped away when the underdog Broncos lost to undefeated Findlay (Ohio) 56-53 on a 3-pointer in overtime by a guy that didn’t score any other points in the game.
The Broncos will play Indiana (Penn.) which defeated St. Cloud State (Minn.) 76-70 in the other semifinal.
The Broncos played with poise down the stretch like they have done all season. It was Bentley that got the yipps, missing free throws and no fewer than five point blank layups in the last few minutes.
Austin Swift led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds. Dahir Nasser and Tobias Jahn had 11 while Mitchel Anderson chipped in with 10. Donnelle Booker snagged a team-high eight rebounds.
The Broncos finished with a 34-26 advantage on the boards. They outscored the Falcons in the paint 30-14 and had a 23-10 in points off the bench.
It was a workman-like effort.
One more to go and redemption will be theirs.
University of Redlands sophomore Collin Gladys has been named Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men’s Athlete of the Week for the week of March 15-21.
Gladys won the program’s second-ever NCAA Division III national title when he clocked the winning time of 1:48.55 in the men’s 200 individual medley at the 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships on Wednesday, March 17, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
That time eclipsed the former school record of 1:49.53, which Gladys established at the 2010 SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships on Feb. 21. By virtue of his finish, he earned All-America honors. Gladys also took fifth in the men’s 100 breaststroke (55.29), setting a program record and gaining All-America laurels in the process. In addition, he received Honorable Mention All-America recognition for his contributions to the 16th-place 200 medley relay (1:34.70), the 15th-place 200 freestyle relay (1:24.71) and the 14th-place 400 freestyle relay (3:06.55).
Annie Perizzolo of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges captured the SCIAC Women’s Athlete of the Week honor after winning two national titles at the 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. Perizzolo touched first in both the women’s 100 and 200 breaststroke events.
The SCIAC Athletes of the Week are voted on by the eight conference sports information directors on a weekly basis,