The Broncos have put together a run for the ages, earning a school-record 13th straight win and capping their second-straight California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) title with a dominating 77-54 victory over San Francisco State on Friday.
“To play so well tonight against a well-coached team like San Francisco State that you know is going to fight to the very end, is incredibly gratifying,” said head basketball coach Greg Kamansky, who won his third CCAA title in his 10 years. “It never got less than 14 in the second half and they never let up.”
The Broncos own the top seed in the CCAA Tournament and will play host to Cal State L.A. on Tuesday, March 2. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
During the San Francisco State game, the Broncos fired a blistering 59.6 percent (31 of 52) from the floor and were never threatened as they led from the outset before a season-best crowd of 1,367 at Kellogg Gym.
Senior Donnelle Booker completed a stellar weekend, going 7-of-9 from the floor and scoring a game-high 15 points. He was followed by Austin Swift and freshman Mitchel Anderson’s 14 apiece and junior Tobias Jahn’s 13.
“We were really energized and I thought we performed with playoff-form tonight,” Kamansky said. “We were motivated to win a title, but more importantly and what I’m pleased with, is that the guys played very hard for our two seniors. They wanted Dahir (Nasser) and Austin to go out winners.”
The Broncos jumped out to a 31-10 lead with 6:22 remaining in the first half and were in complete command. They held the Gators to just seven field goals in the first 20 minutes and kept the pressure going in the second half.
Booker, who was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in Thursday’s win over CSU Monterey Bay, put together his most impressive back-to-back effort this season. He also had three blocks, two assists and five rebounds and threw down two dunks.
Swift showed his normal consistency with a 5-of-8 effort and seven rebounds with six assists. Anderson, who has come on as of late, fired his sixth double-digit game in the last eight.
The women’s basketball team enters the CCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed with an overall record of 21-5 and 18-4 in the CCAA. The victory count is team’s largest since going 23-7 during the 2003-04 season. The women will face seventh-seed Cal State San Bernardino in the opening round of the CCAA Tournament on Tuesday, March 2 at Kellogg Gym. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.