The Cal Poly men’s basketball team had UCLA staggering late in the game Sunday, having just turned a 15-point deficit into a 1-point lead with 6:29 remaining in the second half.
But then, the Mustangs went cold. The Bruins retook the lead as Cal Poly went more than three minutes without a field goal, and UCLA went on to win 88-83 at Pauley Pavilion.
Reese Morgan scored 20 points, hitting 6 of 10 3-pointers, while Luke Miekle scored 18 points and Taylor Sutlive added 14 before fouling out for the Mustangs (0-2), who played their second strong game to start the season after losing by two to UNLV in their season opener Friday night in Las Vegas.
Cal Poly shot 44 percent from the floor, but made only 14 of 23 free throws. The Mustangs’ bench outscored the Bruins 46-12 in the loss.
David Nwaba scored eight points, and had five rebounds and a team-high six assists for the Mustangs. Aleks Abrams had a team-high six rebounds.
Thomas Welsh led UCLA (1-1) with 22 points, shooting 10 of 12 from the floor. Bryce Alford scored 18, and Tony Parker had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
The Mustangs play their home opener Wednesday against Cal State Monterey Bay at the Mott Athletics Center, with tip-off at 7 p.m.