David Nwaba nearly saved the Cal Poly men’s basketball team from consecutive second-half collapses, but his game-tying jumper in the final minute Thursday at Long Beach State was nullified seconds later, when Mike Caffey’s driving layup lifted the hometown 49ers to a 50-48 victory.
Nwaba scored four straight points after the Mustangs squandered a nine-point second-half lead, including a jumper with 29 seconds remaining to pull Cal Poly even at 48.
But Caffey, who finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, got the winning bucket to fall with 1.1 seconds remaining, sending the Mustangs to their second consecutive Big West defeat in which they led by multiple possessions in the final seven minutes.
Michael Bolden tied Caffey with a game-high 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting and 3 3-pointers, and Nwaba finished with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists for Cal Poly (8-7, 1-2).
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Joel Awich added 10 points and four boards, hitting a 3-pointer midway through the second half to put the Mustangs ahead 39-30.
Cal Poly — which fell 50-45 to UC Santa Barbara on Saturday despite leading by 10 in the second half — managed just two points over the next 7:30 of game time as the 49ers (8-11, 2-1) went in front 42-41.
Reese Morgan stopped the bleeding with his second 3 of the game at the 4:11 mark, but Long Beach State scored the next six points before Nwaba almost forced overtime.
Poly hires administrator from San Diego State
Replacing retired former senior associate athletics director Phil Webb, Cal Poly announced the hiring of Nick Pettit as the athletic department’s new Deputy Director.
Pettit, who worked with Mustangs athletic director Don Oberhelman when the two were colleagues at San Diego State, has been the associate athletic director of facilities and even operations for the Aztecs for close to seven years.
“It is extremely exciting to become part of an organization that embraces and embodies such high academic and athletic standards,” Pettit said in a news release. “Thanks to President Armstrong and Don Oberhelman for this special opportunity. There are many exciting positive things happening within Cal Poly Athletics. These successes make it a wonderful time to be joining the Mustangs as their Deputy AD, and honoring The Mustang Way.”
A Michigan native and Michigan State alumnus, Pettit was an equipment manager for the San Francisco 49ers from 1999 to 2003.
Cal Poly lists his specialized experience as sport and personnel management, strategic planning, problem solving, communication, contract negotiation, budget management, capital improvement projects, facility operations and renovations, marketing/event management and university, neighborhood and external relations.