Cal Poly Pomona Set For Big Contests

Cal Poly Pomona Set For Big Contests
Dion Cook scores during a game against Grand Canyon on March 5, 2004.

Cal Poly Pomona's students are invited to watch the men's basketball team kick off its 2006-07 exhibition season with a game at historic Pauley Pavilion against UCLA on Thursday, Nov. 2.

ASI's B.E.A.T., along with Cal Poly Pomona Athletics, are encouraging Bronco students to ride a rooters' bus to Pauley Pavilion for the game to cheer on the team. The price of a ticket is just $5 and will include admission and transportation to the game. Buses will leave the K lot at 5:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Games Room Etc. in the Bronco Student Center. For more information call (909) 869-4455. This offer is only for Cal Poly Pomona students.

Tickets for non-students are $9 and will not include bus transportation. For more information on these tickets, call (909) 869-4913.

The Broncos' game against UCLA is the start of an exhibition slate against some Division I heavyweights. Cal Poly Pomona will also face Loyola Marymount on Monday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion and meet USC on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. in the new Galen Center.

“This is going to be a good experience for our players to play against the highest level of college basketball,” says Head Coach Greg Kamansky. “Just having the chance to play in Pauley Pavilion, to play in the new arena at USC and to play in Gersten Pavilion against a team that should challenge for a WCC title is something most players only dream about. Hopefully these games, though tough, will help prepare us for play in the CCAA.”

The Broncos return nine players from a squad that went 17-10 last season and posted the program's 12th consecutive winning season. First-team All-CCAA guard Dion Cook (Sr., Canoga Park, Chaminade High School) and 2006 CCAA Freshman of the Year Larry Gordon (So., Montclair, Montclair High School) are among those returning for the Broncos.

Cal Poly Pomona has captured two NCAA Division II West Region titles in the past four years and has a combined record of 85-31 during that span. Kamansky, the 2005 CCAA Coach of the Year, has an overall record of 120-50 in his first six years as the head coach.

Not to be outdone, the Cal Poly Pomona women's basketball team, with new coach Michelle Fortier, will open its exhibition season with a game on Saturday, Nov. 4 at UC Santa Barbara. The Broncos will also host a traveling team from Australia in an exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 9 in Kellogg Gym at 7 p.m.

The Bronco men will host Cal State San Bernardino on Monday, Nov. 27, on a special welcome back “The Pack Night” with special giveaways and performances, while the women will play their home opener on Friday, Dec. 1 as part of a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader against Sonoma State at 5:30 p.m.