College Basketball: UC Davis completes season sweep of Cal Poly men

Elsewhere, Cuesta men sweep its conference’s top men’s honors with Pedroso, Blair

San Luis Obispo - The TribuneFebruary 27, 2014 

The Cal Poly men’s basketball team fell behind by double digits in the first half and could never recover, losing 85-73 Thursday night at UC Davis.

Avery Johnson scored a game-high 18 points for the Aggies (9-19, 4-9 Big West), who had five players score in double figures and completed a season sweep of the Mustangs (10-17, 6-8).

Chris Eversley scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Cal Poly, which trailed 37-25 at halftime before both teams scored 48 points in the second half.

UC Davis made 13 of 24 3-pointers and shot 49 percent from the field. The Mustangs shot 41.7 percent from the floor, including just 5 of 17 3s. 

David Nwaba came off the bench to score 12 points for Cal Poly on 3-of-10 shooting and 6 of 9 from the foul line, and Maliik Love and Reese Morgan both scored 10. 

Georgi Funtarov scored 17 for the Aggies, including 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Brynton Lemar and Ryan Sypkens both had 14 points. Corey Hawkins had 10 points on just 1-of-7 shooting, but made all eight of his free-throw attempts.

Cal Poly, which has lost seven of nine, heads to UC Irvine Son aturday for a nationally televised game before closing out the regular season March 8 at home against UC Santa Barbara.

Cuesta’s Pedroso, Blair earn top honors

The Cuesta College men’s basketball team took home six all-Western State Conference honors, including one for every member of its starting lineup.

Leading the way was Oscar Pedroso, who was named Player of the Year, and head coach Rusty Blair, who won Coach of the Year.

Pedroso, who earned his second first team award in leading the Cougars to a Western State Conference North Division title, has an automatic spot on the 2014 CCCAA All-State team. Pedroso averaged a team-high 18 points per game and ranked second in the state with 955 minutes played. He also ranks sixth all time at Cuesta with a 16.7 career scoring average, and seventh with 986 career points.

This is Blair’s sixth time winning top coaching honors in 22 seasons. The Cougars went 21-9 during the regular season, making the playoffs for the 15th time and winning the conference for the ninth time under Blair. He won his 400th career game with a Dec. 20 win over Reedley.

Alex Igual and Brett Hartshorne were also selected to the first ream. Igual is second on the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game and has a team-high 50 steals, while Hartshorne averages 12.6 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Kyle Geer and Valentin Bauer were named honorable mentions. 

Three Cougars named to women’s first team

The Cuesta women’s basketball team had three players earn all-Western State Conference first team honors after it finished runner-up in the conference for the second straight year.

Sophomore Miriam Zabinsky was named first team for a second time, leading the Cougars in scoring with 18.9 points per game and rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game. 

She ranks second all time at Cuesta in scoring average, fourth in field goal percentage (47.7 percent) and 10th in steals (75) for a season. She is the all-time career leader in points (830), fourth in assists (183), fourth in steals (136) and seventh in rebounds (405). 

Redshirt sophomore Katie Rodriguez also earned first-team honors after spending the first 14 games coming off the bench recovering from an injury in 2013. She ranks 13th all time at Cuesta in career points with 621, fifth in assists (168) and ninth in steals (119).

Redshirt freshman Kaylee Williams, a Mission Prep graduate, rounded out the Cuesta first team honorees, averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds this season.

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