College Roundup: Nwaba scores 21 as Cal Poly men roll to home win over Santa Clara

Mustangs (3-5) end first half on 8-0 run on way to 64-53 victory; Eversley adds nine points, 15 rebounds for Cal Poly

sports@thetribunenews.comDecember 8, 2013 

David Nwaba scored 21 points as Cal Poly pulled away from Santa Clara for a 64-53 win Saturday night.

Cal Poly (3-5) ended the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 29-23 lead at the break. Nwaba bookended two layups around a Joel Awich jumper and layup to account for the points.

Cal Poly picked up where it left off to start the second half, but Santa Clara (3-5) responded.

Nate Kratch hit a layup to cut the lead back to 35-29 with 14:45 left. The Mustangs responded with a 10-2 run.

Chris Eversley pulled down 15 rebounds to go with nine points for Cal Poly.

Brandon Clark and Evan Roquemore each scored 12 points for Santa Clara while Kratch scored 11.

Cal Poly was 3 for 11 from 3-point range while Santa Clara was 4 for 20.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Cuesta 79, Allan Hancock 67

Miriam Zabinsky had 27 points and four rebounds to lead the Cougars over the Bulldogs in the championship game of the Phillips 66 Tournament hosted by Cuesta.

Hancock outshot Cuesta 54.2 percent to 41.5 percent, but committed 30 turnovers compared to 14 by Cuesta (8-0).

“I didn’t think we shot very well, but we still put up 79 points, and I think any coach would be happy with that,” Cougars coach Ron Barba said. “We had some good looks tonight, but they just didn’t go in. That’s just going to happen sometimes.”

The Cougars jumped to a 34-21 halftime lead, as they were 7 for 10 from the free-throw line in the first half while Hancock did not attempt any free throws.

Cuesta had 13 more free-throw attempts for the game.

Courtney Chadwick had 21 points, four assists and three steals and was named tournament MVP.

Zabinsky and Kaylee Williams were also named to the all-tournament team for Cuesta. Williams had six points and 11 rebounds.

Hancock cut the lead to four points with under seven minutes remaining, but the Bulldogs (7-2) got in foul trouble and could not get over the hump.Hancock had three players foul out, including leading scorer Ali Rodriguez, who had 16 points.

Rodriguez and Justine Roland, who had 12 points and seven rebounds, were named to the all-tournament team.

Cal Poly 63, CSU Bakersfield 54

Ariana Elegado had 14 points and five assists as the Mustangs beat the Roadrunners at home.

Cal Poly (5-4) shot just 34.4 percent from the field, but held CSU Bakersfield to 32.2 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers. CSU Bakersfield was 5 for 20 on 3-pointers.

Molly Schlemer had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Mustangs, who led 29-28 at halftime.

Taryn Garza had nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds, and Nwamaka Ofodu had nine points.

Cal Poly had a 19-9 second-chance points advantage, but CSU Bakersfield had 23 bench points to Cal Poly’s 12.

Brooklynn Hinks had 11 points for the Roadrunners (2-5), and Batabe Zempara had 14 rebounds before fouling out.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Cosumnes River 80, Cuesta 76

The Hawks started the game with a 9-0 run on the Cougars and continued to dominate.

Cosumnes River used an edge in the post to its advantage against Cuesta (6-5), shooting 16 for 19 in the paint.

Oscar Pedroso led the Cougars in scoring for the fourth game in a row, shooting 7 for 11 from the floor and 10 for 10 from the foul line for a total of 24 points.

Cuesta’s Alex Jorda and Alex Igual scored 13 points each.

Kyle Geer had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists for Cuesta.

As a team, the Cougars were 25 of 57 from the floor, including a 5-for-29 clip on 3-pointers.

WRESTLING

Cal Poly at Cliff Keen Invitational

Cal Poly’s Blake Kastl placed eighth in the 149-pound weight class. He won his first match with a 4-2 decision before being eliminated from the tournament by medical default.

Cal Poly’s Maxamillian Schneider and Devon Lotito also competed but were both eliminated in the fourth round.

Cuesta at Southern California Regional

The Cougars managed to have eight wrestlers qualify for the state championships, with Michael Clemmensen (133) finishing first in his division. Connor Pollock (133), Julian Purdy (141), Jovan Villalobos (174) and Geoff Merker (197) all finished second in their respective divisions, giving Cuesta second place in the tournament.

George Sakkas (125), Josh Cortes (157) and John Sinclair (165) rounded out the final three qualifiers. The state tournament is Friday and Saturday in Stockton.

SWIMMING

Cal Poly at AT&T Winter National Championships

Cal Poly sophomore Sonny Fierro swam the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15 minutes, 6 seconds on the final day at Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn., breaking a school record previously held by Matthew Waggoner (15:21).

It was Fierro’s second record-breaking race of the three-day, 36-event meet. He earlier broke the Cal Poly record for the 500-yard freestyle (4:21).

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