Eagles lose a close one to Cal Poly Pomona

Biola falls to the Mustangs, 59-63.


Courtesy of Biola Athletics

Sophomore guard Daniel Esparza jumps to score.

Colin Twisselmann, Freelance Writer

Biola men’s basketball suffered their first loss against Cal Poly Pomona in a tightly contested game, 59-63.

To start the game, Biola went ice-cold from beyond the arc, only making two shots out of 16 attempts. The Eagles got to the line 8 times to take easier shots but only converted half of them. Biola had to make adjustments early as they went down 5-16 halfway through the first half and 20-32 with 1:51 remaining. Not allowing the deficit to get the best of them, Biola scored six straight points with four of them coming from the line, bringing the score to 26-32. 


The second half tightened up as Biola held the lead once following an offensive rebound after a missed 3- point attempt. This was the only time Biola would hold the lead, as the Cal Poly bench secured the win with a stellar 40 points compared to Biola’s 13. Although the Mustangs struggled from deep the entire game, their rebounding gave them the lead, while over half of Biola’s total rebounding only came from two players.

The game was tied at 57 each with a minute and a half left, but the Mustangs soon went up by two. Biola missed two three pointers within the next couple possessions, forcing a foul situation where Cal Poly went up by four and stayed that way, winning 63-59. 

Biola looks to avoid falling to .500 when they visit Cal State Bernadino on Saturday, Nov. 19 in Pomona.

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