Cal Poly Pomona rallies from 20 down
Toros squander 39-19 lead with less than 15 minutes remaining
Cal State Dominguez Hills Athletics
POMONA, Calif. -- Defending national champion Cal Poly Pomona battled back from a 20-point second-half deficit to take a 49-43 win against No. 8 Cal State Dominguez Hills after holding the Toros to just 10 points in the second half. Senior Marcquintice Davis led the Toros with 15 points in the loss.
Looking like a team on a mission after dominating perennial power CS San Bernardino one night earlier, the Toros connected at a 57.9 percent clip in a first half that saw them take a 33-19 lead into the break. CPP hit just 7-for-23 including just one made 3-pointer in 10 attempts in the first half.
The roles reversed after the break, with the Broncos tallying 11 more free throw makes and 13 more trips to the line than the Toros.
CPP shot better in the second half and was aided more by CSUDH connecting on just 4-of-21 field goals after intermission, a drop of nearly 40 percent from its first-half effort.
After taking a 20-point lead at 39-19 on a Davis lay-up with 14:36 left in regulation, the Broncos cut the deficit to 10 over the next five minutes. They trailed by four three minutes later and by one, 43-42, after a Kevin Menner made free throw.
CPP's comeback became complete after a Toro foul sent Mitchel Anderson to the line with just 2:05 left, when he converted both attempts to give CPP its first lead since 3-2.
The defending champions continued their offensive assault and defensive lockdown by scoring the last five points of the game, holding the Toros scoreless over the game's final 9:44. The Toros' last points came on a James Cawthorne lay-up that gave CSUDH a 43-27 lead.