ARCATA - In a stunning reversal of roles, the Cal Poly Pomona men's basketball team upset top-seeded Humboldt State 73-70 in a battle to the wire in Tuesday's quarterfinals of the CCAA men's basketball tournament.
The physical contest featured three technical fouls - two on Cal Poly and one on Humboldt - in front of a packed house in the last game to be played in Humboldt State's East Gym. The Lumberjacks will move into their new facility across Union Street for the 2008-09 season.
With the victory, the eighth-seeded Broncos (12-14) advanced into the CCAA semifinals Friday at Cal State San Bernardino. Humboldt State (20-8) must wait for Sunday's NCAA Division II seedings to see if they'll move on to the West Region Tournament next week.
Angelo Tsagarakis scored 17 points to lead Cal Poly, with Kevin Neveu and Larry Gordon each adding 13 points. Kaelen Daniels was the fourth Bronco in double figures with 12 points.
Grayson Moyer had 17 points and seven assists for Humboldt, and Devin Peal added 15. Cy Vandermeer had 12 points with nine rebounds and Nick Green came off the bench to score 11 for the Lumberjacks.
Cal Poly held a lead from midway through the first period, pulling out to an 11-point advantage when Tsagarakis hit a 3-pointer with 5:28 left in the half. Humboldt rallied within two points on Green's dunk, but Neveu drained a 3-pointer as time expired on the half to put the Broncos ahead, 37-32.
The Jacks rallied back again in the second half, taking a brief lead at the halfway point on Moyer's layup. The Broncos held the Jacks off down the stretch, however, two free throws by Tsagarakis providing the three-point advantage before the Jacks failed to manage a good shot in their attempt to force overtime.
Corey Williams struck out 17 batters to set a school record and finished with a two-hitter as Chaffey swept a nonconference doubleheader against Porterville by scores of 6-1 and 12-4.
In the opener, Williams' gem was helped out by Kate Outzen, who went 2-for-4 and had two RBI.
Brittiny Baca allowed three hits and struck out four while going the distance in the second game. Williams and Jessica DeLuna hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning.
Chaffey (13-10) plays host to Barstow at 3 p.m. today.
MT. SAC SOFTBALL
Cerritos handed the Mounties their first South Coast Conference loss of the season, 4-1, in a game at Cerritos. Shelair Rowell went 2-for-3 for the Mounties (10-11, 4-1).