After one of the most dominating wins in program history, a 100-54 demolition of Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly’s men’s basketball team was expected to cool down a little bit.
But after hitting an NCAA record-tying 11 straight 3-point field goals in the first half of their game against the Matadors, the Mustangs managed to score just 17 first-half points in an underwhelming 61-51 loss to the Pacific Tigers in Stockton on Thursday night.
Cal Poly (12-9, 3-5 Big West Conference) falls to seventh place in the conference standings.
Cal Poly shot just 6 of 32 from the field in the first half, 2 of 16 from 3-point range, and seemingly never found its groove on offense.
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Dylan Royer, the Morro Bay High product who at one point this season led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, shot just 1 for 7 from behind the 3-point line in the first half and 1 for 12 for the game, finishing with three points in 21 minutes.
David Hanson posted a double-double for the Mustangs, scoring 19 points to go with 11 rebounds, and point guard Amaurys Fermin scored 13 for Cal Poly. No other Mustang scored more than five points.
Cal Poly finished 19 of 64 from the field 3 of 29 on 3-pointers.
Outside of poor shooting, Cal Poly actually outplayed the Tigers in many areas, including having fewer turnovers (nine to Pacific’s 14), more second-chance points (15 to 6), more points in the paint (20 to 14) and more points off turnovers (18 to 7).
The Tigers (7-12, 3-4) shot 32 free throws in the game, making 22 while the Mustangs shot just 14, making 10.
Cal Poly will play at UC Davis on Saturday at 7 p.m.