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Cal Poly holds on for men's basketball win over Hawaii

Chris Everlsey scored a game-high 25 points, and the Cal Poly men’s basketball team pulled off a regular-season sweep of Hawaii and passed the Rainbow Warriors in the Big West Conference standings with a 64-61 victory at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu on Saturday. 

At the building named after an inaugural Cal Poly Hall of Fame inductee, former All-America lineman and Hawaii athletic director, Eversley was 11 of 18 from the field to offer even more evidence that he’s recovered from the high ankle injury that kept him out for nearly two weeks last month.

Hawaii (17-12, 10-7 Big West) used a 10-0 run to get back in the game late after falling behind by double digits and cut the Mustangs’ lead to three with 55 seconds left. 

Brian Bennett and Reese Morgan, the only other Cal Poly player in double digits, both missed the front end of one-and-one free-throw opportunities, but the Rainbow Warriors were unable to get a potential game-tying 3-point shot attempt off in the final seven seconds. 

Morgan finished with 10 points for Cal Poly (15-12, 10-6 Big West), including a crucial 3-pointer to break up the 10-0 Hawaii run to make it 64-58 with 2:03 left.

The Mustangs are tied with UC Irvine for third in the Big West, one game behind second-place Pacific (11-5).

Bennett had eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. Drake U’u had only three points but had a team-high five assists.

Freshman Isaac Fotu led Hawaii with 17 points and nine rebounds, and senior center Vander Joaquim had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Hauns Brereton had 13 points for the Warriors, but nobody else scored more than six for Hawaii. 

It’s the second straight road victory for Cal Poly, which was just 2-11 away from Mott Gym coming into the week, and it’s the fourth straight victory over Hawaii after the Mustangs beat the Warriors 88-59 in San Luis Obispo earlier this season.