The Cal Poly men’s basketball team relied on some hot 3-point shooting to snap a six-game Big West Conference road losing streak by beating Cal State Northridge 81-61 on Thursday.
Cal Poly had not won on the road since winning its Big West opener Dec. 29 over UC Riverside.
Chris Eversley had 23 points and eight rebounds and was 3 for 3 on -point attempts, and Dylan Royer tied his career-high with 23 points on 7 for 8 3-point shooting. He was one 3-pointer short of tying the school record.
The Mustangs as a team shot a school-record 80 percent (12 for 15) from beyond the arc and shot 58 percent from the field for the game. The Matadors (13-16, 4-12) were held to 34.7 percent from the field.
Jamal Johnson came off the bench for Cal Poly (14-12, 9-6) and had eight points and a career-high nine assists, and Chris O’Brien had eight points, as the Mustangs’ bench outscored the Matadors’ bench 20-10.
Drake U’u had six assists and no turnovers. Cal Poly had 20 assists, the most in Joe Callero’s four seasons as head coach.
Josh Greene led Cal State Northridge with 19 points, and Stephan Hicks had 16 points and nine rebounds. Tre Hale-Edmerson had nine points, and 11 rebounds.
Cal Poly 94, UC Riverside 59
The Mustangs (17-9, 11-4 Big West) rolled to a 50-13 halftime lead in a game that was never close.
Molly Schlemer led Cal Poly with 16 points, and Nikol Allison had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in a game in which Cal Poly dominated nearly every statistical category.
Cal Poly outrebounded UC Riverside 45-27.
The Highlanders (11-15, 4-11) shot 37.9 percent from the field compared to the Mustangs shooting 53.6 percent. UC Riverside shot 17.9 percent from the field in the first half.
Kayla Griffin had 12 points and six assists, and Ariana Elegado also had 12 points for Cal Poly, which forced 18 UC Riverside turnovers.
Jamila Williams had 21 points and five rebounds to lead UC Riverside. Brittany Crain had 18 points.
The Mustangs shot 9 for 16 on 3-point attempts. Kristen Ale was 3 for 4 from beyond the arc. UC Riverside was 2 for 10 on 3-pointers.
Cal Poly’s largest lead was 40 points in the beginning of the second half.
UC Riverside never led and the game was never tied. The Mustangs had a 50-26 the advantage in points in the paint 50-26 and a 22-7 edge on points off turnovers.