In his first return to the Emerald City since taking over at Cal Poly, Joe Callero was victorious over his former team as the Mustangs won their first regular season opener since 2005, beating Seattle 76-60 at Key Arena on Sunday.
David Hanson had a team-high 22 points, five rebounds and five steals, Shawn Lewis added 21 points, eight rebounds and a team-leading five assists, Will Donahue had a double-double, and Callero got the second win in a row over the Redhawks (0-3) since becoming head coach at Cal Poly last season.
Donahue had 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds, and true freshman Maliik Love scored nine off the bench in his Mustangs debut. True freshman point guard Jamal Johnson had eight points in his first career start.
Cal Poly beat Seattle 85-74 in Mott Gym last season, when Donahue had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
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Callero coached the Redhawks from 2001 to 2009 and helped the program begin its transition from Division II in his final season.
On Sunday, the Mustangs jumped out to a 12-1 lead in the first 4 minutes, and Seattle did not score from the field until a 3-pointer by Cervante Burrell at 16:16.
Cal Poly led 19-8 midway through the first half, before a 5-minute scoring drought allowed the Redhawks to pull to within three. Seattle took a brief 41-40 lead for 17 seconds midway through the second half thanks to two Burrell free throws, but the Mustangs got a little breathing room when Hanson hit one of his three 3-pointers of the game to put them up 49-45 with 7:55 left.
Cal Poly, which returns to San Luis Obispo for its home opener against Cal State Monterey Bay on Thursday, went on a 27-15 run to end the game.