The Cal Poly men’s basketball team equaled last year’s Big West Conference win total in just its fifth conference game this season with a 90-79 victory over Long Beach State at Walter Pyramid on Saturday.
Sophomore forward David Hanson scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Mustangs (6-10, 3-2), who shot 52 percent from the floor.
Five Cal Poly players scored in double figures, including junior forwards Will Taylor and Shawn Lewis, and senior guard Lorenzo Keeler, who all finished with 12 points.
Sophomore forward Jordan Lewis, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, hit 7 of 8 field-goal attempts.
After holding a slim lead through most of the first half, the Mustangs used a late 9-0 run to take a 46-33 lead into the break.
The lead ballooned to as high as 19 on multiple occasions in the second half.
Long Beach State (8-10, 2-3) was led by T.J. Robinson’s 20 points and six rebounds.
Former Morro Bay High standout and Cal Poly redshirt freshman Dylan Royer had six points, hitting both of his 3-point field goals.
Cuesta 80, Allan Hancock 59
Roger Guardia had a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars (18-4, 4-0 Western State Conference).
Cuesta shot 47 percent from the floor while holding the Bulldogs to just 25 percent.
Henok Yigzaw hit five 3-pointers en route to 19 points, and Phillip Jiminez added 11 and five rebounds before fouling out.Chris Dugan led Hancock with 12 points.
Cuesta, which led 36-17 at halftime, has won five consecutive games.
Cuesta 62, Allan Hancock 46
The Cougars got a game-high 17 points and 12 rebounds from Raleigh O’Brien in collecting their first WSC win.
Cuesta (4-13, 1-3) put three players in double figures, including Lauren Maurer, who had a double-double collecting 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Kathy Jones who poured in 11.
Hancock (3-13, 0-3) was led by Ashley Bonenfont’s 14 points.
Cal Poly won the women’s 400 freestyle relay at the USA Swimming Grand Prix.
Katrina Anderson, Chrissy Thomas, Amy Morales and Angie Haven turned in a season-best time of 3 minutes, 28.61 seconds, besting the other 36 teams entered.
Swimming against Olympic silver medalist Matt Grevers, Cal Poly junior Peter Kline finished fifth in the 200 backstroke in 1:46.57.
“This gives us a great deal of credibility in the college swimming community,” Mustangs head coach Tom Milich said.
Cal Poly was one of just a few schools with a strong collegiate presence at the meet, a fact Milich said will help with recruiting.
Kline, David LaFlamme, Aaron McKinnon and Chase Nick placed second in the men’s 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:03.93.
Racing against Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, who won the event, junior Matt Waggoner finished seventh in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:32.02. Phelps finished in 4:18.70.
Cal Poly 7, Cal State Bakersfield 0
The Mustangs (1-0) dominated Cal State Bakersfield to open the season at Mustang Courts.
Cal Poly dropped just eight total games in the seven matches.
Making its spring debut, the doubles team of Suzie Matzenauer and Brittany Blalock beat Veronica Dimas and Julian Mannix 8-2.
Blalock also beat Dimas in singles 6-1, 6-0 while Matzenauer topped Ashlee Thoneycroft 6-0, 6-0.
Also winning for Cal Poly in singles were Steffi Wong, Diane Filip, Alexa Lee and Jocelyn Davis.
Cal Poly postponed
The Cal Poly men’s season opener was canceled because of inclement weather forecast for today.
The Mustangs will now open the season Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Pepperdine.