March 3, 2012

Mustang Men’s Basketball Overpowers Pacific for Big West Fourth Seed

POSTGAME REACTION: JOE CALLERO | DAVID HANSON | CHRIS EVERSLEY

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

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BIG WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT BRACKET

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore forward Chris Eversley (above) scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and senior forward Will Taylor notched 10 points during his final outing in Mott Gym as the Cal Poly men's basketball program held Pacific to the second-lowest opponent point total in 18 Division I seasons by thumping the Tigers on Saturday evening, 67-38, in the regular season finale for both squads.

Senior forward David Hanson added nine points for Cal Poly (17-14, 8-8), which solidified the No. 4 seed for the 2012 Big West Conference Tournament and will face fifth-seed UC Riverside during the quarterfinal round on Thursday, March 8 at 8:30 p.m. inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. UC Riverside (14-16, 7-9), facing Cal Poly in the Big West Tournament quarterfinal phase for the second-successive season, locked down the fifth seed by edging UC Irvine (11-19, 6-10) in overtime earlier Saturday, 72-69.

Cal Poly, which ensured its first winning season since the 2006-07 Mustang squad finished 19-11, also limited Pacific to a 31.1 (14-for-45) percent field goal mark, a 10.5 (2-for-19) percent three-point figure and 14 second-half points. The 38 points scored by Pacific ranked as the fewest amount by a Mustang opponent since Cal Poly's 42-36 victory at USC (Nov. 19, 2011). Pacific was also held to 39 points inside Mott Gym last season.

Neither side led by more than five points on Saturday until the Mustangs closed the first half with an 11-4 run to go up at the break, 33-24. Held to just one field goal during the final five minutes of the first half, Pacific was outscored to begin the second, 24-8. Leading 57-32 with eight minutes remaining, Cal Poly failed to allow Pacific to within 22 points of its advantage down the stretch.

The Mustangs, who shot 54.3 (25-for-46) percent from the floor, also received eight points from senior point guard Amaurys Fermin.

Cal Poly finished the 2011-12 season with a 10-4 mark inside Mott Gym.