POMONA, Calif. – In the closest finish at Kellogg Gym since early January, Cal Poly Pomona held off Cal State L.A. 65-61 on Wednesday.
Senior guard Mitchel Anderson led the way, collecting 13 points and 11 rebounds to record his 10th career double-double. He also added three blocks and went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, moving into a tie for the program’s all-time lead in 3-pointers.
Three other Broncos scored in double figures with DeRonn Scott tallying 13 points while Terrence Drisdom and Mohamed Fall added totals of 12 and 11, respectively.
The CPP defense held the visiting Golden Eagles to a 39.3 percent effort from the field.
At 23-2 overall and 19-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, CPP — ranked fifth nationally and No. 2 in the West Region — has guaranteed its best conference regular-season record in school history.
Wednesday’s game featured nine lead changes and the margin didn’t push above six in either direction. Entering this week, the Broncos and Golden Eagles ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in defense.
A dunk by James Tillman gave Cal State L.A. a 23-21 edge but it didn’t last long as the Broncos rattled off a 8-0 run capped with back-to-back 3s by Anderson and Jordan Faison. CPP took a 31-29 lead into halftime.
The Golden Eagles continued to stay within striking distance in the second half and took the lead on a few occasions. Anderson demonstrated his clutch shooting as both of his second-half 3-pointers turned a Broncos’ deficit into a lead. His final triple of the evening gave CPP a 55-53 advantage, one the Broncos wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way.
Drisdom hit clutch free throws down the stretch and finished with a 4-for-4 effort at the charity stripe. Daniel Rodriguez dished out three assists to match his season high.
Julian Camper poured in a game-high 18 points for Cal State L.A. (15-10, 12-9 ). Tillman had 14 points and Willie Trimble finished with 12. Jordan Richard had nine points, six rebounds and four blocks.