Playing for the second night in a row thousands of miles away from home, the Cal Poly men’s basketball team was crushed by Wisconsin on Wednesday night, 90-42 in Madison, Wis.
Cal Poly edged South Dakota State 73-66 on Tuesday. After Wednesday’s loss, Mustangs coach Joe Callero said the program intentionally scheduled the back-to-back games to simulate the demands of a tournament.
“What you saw tonight was a very fatigued and flat Cal Poly team,” Callero told reporters. “We knew that we bit off more than we could chew.”
Wisconsin led 51-19 at halftime in front of 17,230 at the Kohl Center. For the game, the Badgers (8-2) were 31 of 51 from the floor, including a 13-of-24 performance from 3-point range, and made 15 of 19 free throws.
Trevon Hughes led the Badgers with 20 points, followed by Jon Leuer’s 15, Keaton Nankivil’s 12 and Jason Bohannon’s 12.
The Mustangs (3-6) were 17 of 47 from the floor, 4 of 5 from the free-throw line and were outrebounded 29-22.
Shawn Lewis paced Cal Poly with 10 points. Lorenzo Keeler and Will Taylor added seven and six, respectively.
Hughes put Wisconsin up 15-4 with a long jumper about six minutes into the contest. Five minutes later, the Badgers had pushed the lead to 27-6. Hughes finished the first half 6-for-6 shooting with 17 points and five rebounds.
The Mustangs turned the ball over on their first five possessions of the second half.
Cal Poly will host Montana State at 7 p.m. Monday.
Cal Poly 66, Eastern Washington 59
At Cheney, Wash., sophomore reserve center Abby Bloetscher had 15 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs, and Kristina Santiago added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Mustangs’ second straight win on their four-game road trip.
For the second straight game, Cal Poly (5-3) led wire-to-wire.
Ashlee Stewart scored 11 points for the Mustangs, who jumped out to a 17-4 lead and led 28-19 at halftime.
The Mustangs pushed the lead to 37-21 early in the second half, saw the Eagles (6-4) pull within 42-40 and then ran back out to a double-digit lead.
Cal Poly had a 52-33 rebounding advantage. Becky Tratter grabbed seven boards for the Mustangs.
Kyla Evans scored 16 points for Eastern Washington, which was only 20 of 67 from the field for 29.9 percent. Julie Piper and Nicole Scott each added 10 points for the Eagles.
Cal Poly plays at Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Cal Poly 22, Cal State Bakersfield 18
At Bakersfield, the nonconference duel went down to the final match where Eric Maldonado earned a technical fall at 149 pounds to give the Mustangs the win, avenging last season’s 24-10 loss to the Roadrunners.
The Mustangs (3-0) received victories from Maldonado, Chase Pami (157) , Ryan DesRoches (174) and the Novachkov brothers, Boris (133) and Filip (141). DesRoches was the only Cal Poly wrestler to win by pin, stopping Troy Goodban in 5:13.
At heavyweight, Paso Robles High graduate Mitch Monteiro, competing for the Roadrunners, scored a 3-1 decision over Jim Powers. One national publication has Monteiro ranked ninth and another one has him ranked 10th.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.