College Roundup: Cal Poly men's basketball team falls at UC Riverside

Highlanders close game on 10-0 run on their way to 61-58 win over Mustangs

sports@thetribunenews.comJanuary 25, 2014 

UC Riverside scored the final 10 points of the game, including a go-ahead layup by Steven Jones with 25 seconds remaining, to come from behind and stun the Cal Poly men’s basketball team, 61-58, Saturday night in Riverside.

The Mustangs (8-11, 4-2 Big West) led 58-51 on a Ridge Shipley layup at the 3:29 mark, but were shut out the rest of the way.

The Highlanders (7-13, 2-4) scored three field goals and a pair of free throws to take the lead by one, and Jamal Johnson missed a jumper with six seconds remaining that would have put Cal Poly back in the lead.

Sam Finley hit a pair of free throws with one second left on the clock to ice the game.

Dave Nwaba tied a game high with 17 points, including 13 in the first half, as the Mustangs led by as many as 11 in the opening frame and by six, 26-20, at halftime.

But Riverside tied the score at 31, and the two teams went back and forth until Cal Poly took a seven-point lead, 50-43, on a Chris Eversley jumper with seven minutes remaining.

The Mustangs held that margin until they went cold from the floor in the final stretch, and the Highlanders rallied to win.

Eversley finished with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Maliik Love came off the bench to score 10 points and dish out a team-high four assists.

Steven Jones had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Riverside, and Chris Patton scored 17 on 5-of-13 shooting and 7 of 7 from the foul line.

Cal Poly made five more field goals than the Highlanders (22-17), but Riverside was 22 of 25 from the free-throw line compared to the Mustangs’ 11 of 13. Cal Poly shot 17.6 percent on 3-pointers, making 3 of 17.

The Mustangs forced 12 turnovers while committing just three, but shot 38.6 percent from the field (22 of 57) to Riverside’s 42.5 percent (17 of 40).

Moorpark 71, Cuesta 63

The Cougars (15-9, 4-2 Western State Conference-North Division) lost on the road to the Raiders.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Moorpark 65, Cuesta 63, OT

The Raiders went on a 19-5 run at the end of the second half to tie it at 57 before edging the Cougars in overtime.

Prior to Moorpark’s run, Cuesta (18-5, 3-3 WSC-North) led 52-38 with 6:15 to go in the second half.

Katie Rodriguez scored a team-high 21 points for the Cougars.

Miriam Zabinsky finished with 16 points, including 8 of 8 from the foul line, nine rebounds and four assists.   

MEN’S TENNIS

Utah 4, Cal Poly 0

Marco Comuzzo and Matt Thomson gave the Mustangs their lone victory of the day — a 6-4 victory in the first doubles match.

However, Cal Poly (0-4) lost its next two doubles matches and the next three singles matches to get swept by Utah. The remaining three singles matches went unfinished.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

San Francisco 5, Cal Poly 2

Jennifer Cornea and Ane McPike won the first doubles match, but the Mustangs (0-1) dropped the next two matches and conceded the doubles point.

In singles, Emily Gibbens defeated Sofia Holmberg (6-4, 6-3) and Kathryn Webb defeated Milica Hadzi Tanovic (6-3, 6-3) to give Cal Poly its two points of the match.

MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING

Cal Poly 166, UC Santa Cruz 94

Adrian Brynnel won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 43.86 seconds, and the 500 freestyle in 4:43.02. Mickey Mackle won the 400-yard IM by more than 30 seconds with a time of 4:02.01.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING

Cal Poly 201, UC Santa Cruz 74

Sami McIntyre broke her own school diving record in the 1-meter board with a score of 273.82 points, meeting the qualifying standard to advance to the NCAA Zone Championships in March. She would also win and qualify for the championships in the 3-meter board with a score of 284.77.

The Mustangs also took second and third in the 1-meter, with Grace Greenwood scoring 256.19 points and Meaghan O’Meara 246.6.

O’Meara went on to finish second in the 3-meter with 283.87 points to qualify for the Zone Championships.

Rachel Cleak won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:07.95 and the 100-yard freestyle in 53.64 seconds.

Taylor Spivey won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.06, and Amanda Maffris won the 400-yard IM in 4:40.38.

Cleak, Jill Jones, Kelsey Engel and Daniell Wong won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:32.93.

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