Cal Poly Pomona Defeats Augusta State, Advances To First NCAA Final Ever
March 26, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Larry Gordon had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Cal Poly Pomona withstood a late Augusta State rally for a 74-70 win and a spot in the NCAA Division II championship game.
Trying to become the first unranked team to win the Division II title since North Alabama in 1979, the Broncos (25-7) earned a spot in Saturday's title game.
They will play Findlay (Ohio).
Tobias Jahn, Walter Thompson and Robert Summers scored 11 points each for Cal Poly Pomona, which had a 36-31 rebounding edge despite the presence of Garret Siler, Augusta State's 7-foot senior.
Siler scored 17 points on 8-for-11 shooting, and had nine rebounds. Fred Brathwaite led the Jaguars (30-5), who had won 16 straight, with 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting.
Augusta State lost to Winona (Minn.) State in the 2008 championship game.
Trailing 61-50 with six minutes to play, Augusta State briefly took the lead when Daniel Dixon's 3-pointer made it 66-65 with 3:16 left. The teams exchanged baskets before Jahn, a 6-foot-9 sophomore from Germany, scored to give Cal Poly Pomona the lead for good at 69-68 with 1:35 left.
The Broncos led 31-27 at halftime. Augusta State hit 4 of 5 3-pointers during its comeback surge, but was only 5 for 21 for the game.