Junior guard Victor Joseph scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Cal Poly held on to defeat UC Davis 74-70 in a Big West Conference men’s basketball game Thursday night at Mott Athletics Center.
Joseph’s third straight 20-point game lifted the Mustangs to their second win over the first-place team in the Big West in the last eight days. They upset UC Irvine on the road last Thursday, which ended a 10-game losing streak.
Sophomore guard Donovan Fields added 14 points and a game-high six assists off the bench. Senior guards Ridge Shipley and Kyle Toth finished with nine points apiece for Cal Poly, which improved to 7-15 overall and 2-6 against conference opponents.
Forward Chima Moneke led the Aggies (13-9, 5-2 Big West) with a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds. Brynton Lemar chipped in 18 points and Lawrence White had 10 points and six rebounds in the setback.
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The Mustangs will pursue their third win in the last four games when they host UC Riverside at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Highlanders are 6-13 overall and sit in a four-way tie for fourth in the Big West at 4-4.