The Cal Poly men’s basketball team fell to CSUN 55-48 on Saturday night in a rematch of last year’s Big West Conference Tournament championship game, which Cal Poly won to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time as a Division I team.
Joel Awich had a season-high 15 points in Saturday’s road game, and David Nwaba had 12 points to lead the Mustangs (8-8, 1-3 Big West Conference).
Reese Morgan had nine points off the bench for the Cal Poly.
The Matadors were 12 of 20 from the field in the second half — good for 60 percent — and held Cal Poly to 10-of-30 shooting in the second half, and 32 percent for the game.
Cal Poly enjoyed a 21-19 lead at the half, and led by as many as seven points, but was unable to keep up with CSUN’s torrid second-half shooting.
Stephen Maxwell scored 21 points and hauled in 10 rebounds, Devonte Elliott added 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting and Stephan Hicks had 13 as CSUN (6-13, 2-2 Big West) won its second straight.
Cuesta 69, Santa Barbara 60
Tayler Thompson had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Cougars won on the road.
Benat Hevia added 15 points and 11 assists, and Evgeniy Moiseev had 20 rebounds, as the Cougars outrebounded the Gauchos 50-37.
Cuesta (13-7, 3-1 Western State Conference) used a combination of a 2-3 zone and a 3-2 zone to hold Santa Barbara to 7-of-31 shooting from 3-point range and 24 of 70 overall.
“The difference was contesting shots,” Cuesta coach Rusty Blair said. “Their post players are very strong so we went to the zone.”
Cuesta 70, Santa Barbara 41
Morro Bay High graduate Jerrica Crosby led the Cougars with 17 points and 14 rebounds as they rolled to a victory over host Santa Barbara.
Mission Prep graduate Kaylee Williams added 16 points, and Ashley Gamber pitched in 11 more for the Cougars (17-5, 3-1 WSC).
Cuesta, which is the top free-throw shooting team in the state, hit 19 of 24 foul shots.
“Overall, our defense was great in containing and putting pressure on throughout the game,” Cuesta coach Ron Barba said. “We had foul problems a few times, but our bench provided quality minutes to help us win.”
SWIMMING AND DIVING
MEN: Cal Poly 176, UC Santa Cruz 81; WOMEN: Cal Poly 174, UC Santa Cruz 99
In the season opener, the Mustangs dominated both sides of the dual meet, winning all of the 30 events on the day at the Anderson Aquatic Center.
For the men’s side, Mickey Mackle swam well for the Mustangs, swimming the first leg of the winning group in the 200-yard medley relay in addition to winning the 50 freestyle and the 200 breaststroke.
Caleb Davies had a prolific day as well, swimming the second leg of the winning 200 medley team as well as winning the 100 breaststroke and the 100 freestyle before finishing with a win as the anchor leg in the 200 freestyle relay.
On the women’s side, Sage Speak swam the second leg of the winning 200 medley relay team before winning the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, and 400 individual medley.
Bonnie Diamond, despite not having a seeded time in the women’s 1,000-yard freestyle heading into the day, won in 10 minutes, 25.30 seconds — the fourth-fastest in school history.
Cal Poly at the UCLA Diving Invitational
Brady Shutt finished ninth in the men’s 1-meter board final round for the Mustangs.
Lauren Pierce sits in 28th for the Mustangs following the preliminary round of the women’s 3-meter board, as the event continues with the rest of the invitational through Monday.