Cal State Northridge defeated Cal Poly men’s basketball team 94-81 to snap a four-game losing streak Wednesday night.
Despite scoring their third-highest point total of the season, Cal Poly (15-12, 6-7 Big West Conference) was outscored 36-20 in the paint, and Cal State Northridge (6-17, 2-10) shot 57 percent on 28-for-49 shooting.
Cal Poly dropped into a fourth-place tie with Pacific in the Big West standings.
The game was a complete reversal of the Jan. 21 game at Cal Poly. In that game, the Mustangs tied an NCAA record by making their first 11 3-pointers of the contest, led 57-24 at halftime and beat the Matadors 100-54 for the largest margin of victory in head coach Joe Callero’s three seasons. That game was also only the second time since 2001 that the Mustangs scored 100 or more points in a home game.
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In Thursday’s game, David Hanson led the Mustangs with 16 points, and Amaurys Fermin and Chris Eversley each added 15 points. Cal Poly still hasn’t had a player score 20 points or more this season.
Down one at halftime, the Mustangs fell behind by 11 points with 11 minutes remaining. Though they pulled within six points with five minutes remaining, the Mustangs failed to score another field goal until the two-minute mark, where they fell behind 11 points again.
Cuesta 87, Santa Barbara 69
The Cougars defeated the Vaqueros to improve to 10-1 in conference and clinched at least a tie for the Western State Conference Northern Division title.
Cuesta’s Malte Cramer led all scorers with 24 points and had eight rebounds, and Calen Coleman added 17 points.
Cuesta (22-7) outrebounded Santa Barbara 28-18 but turned the ball over 27 times.
The Cougars were kept alive by 63 percent shooting on 32 of 51 from the field.
The Vaqueros scored 11 of 27 of their field goals in the first half and fell to an early 13-point deficit.
Anthony Williams led Santa Barbara with 17 points and five steals.
Santa Barbara 65, Cuesta 64
Alyssa Palma scored a team-high 16 points as the Cougars dropped a close one to Santa Barbara.
The Cougars (13-13, 4-8 WSC) had four players post double figures. Along with Palma, Aria Johnson scored 13, Rachael Warner had 12 and Kati Sheldon had 10 points.
Both Palma and Rodriguez had a team-high four assists.
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Lalanne selected to honor roll
Cuesta's Nic Lalanne was named to the CCCAA State Pepsi Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll list. He is the 15th Cuesta athlete, and the 13th in the past 15 years.
To make the list, student-athletes must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average.
Four Cuesta teams also made the list, both men’s and women’s basketball, men’s water polo and women’s cross country.