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April 3, 2012

Mustang Men’s Hoops Finishes Among NCAA Defensive Leaders Once Again

JOE CALLERO DISCUSSES CAL POLY'S DEFENSE (video)

MUSTANG MEN'S BASKETBALL SPRING UPDATE (video)

CAL POLY SEASON REVIEW (video)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – On the way to producing the program's highest victory total in five years, the Cal Poly men's basketball team stifled opponents once again to finish as one of the nation's leading defensive squads during the 2011-12 season.

Cal Poly (18-15), which also advanced to the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament for the first time since the 2006-07 season, finished the 2011-12 campaign ranked sixth among NCAA Division I programs in opponent rebounds per game (29.1), 24th in opponent points per game (60.5) and 28th in rebounding margin (plus-5.5). Among Big West programs, Cal Poly also finished second in opponent three-point percentage (33.5).

Individual game highlights included a 42-36 victory at USC (Nov. 19) in which the Mustangs held the Trojans to the fewest points by a Cal Poly opponent since a 76-35 victory against Cal State Hayward on Jan. 3, 1984 (the 36 points scored by USC was the Trojan program's lowest output since a 40-35 loss against UCLA in 1967). Cal Poly's 67-38 home victory against Pacific (March 3) featured the fewest points ever by a Mustang opponent inside Mott Gym.

In total during the 2011-12 campaign, Cal Poly held an opponent to fewer than 60 points during 16 of 33 games and under a 30 percent mark from three-point range 14 times. Additionally, Cal Poly grabbed the same amount of boards or outrebounded its opponent during 28 of 33 games this past year.

Also one of the more efficient programs in Division I, the Mustangs ranked 12th with just 10.6 turnovers per game and 37th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.19-to-1).

Individually, junior guard Dylan Royer's Big West-leading three-point mark of 46.5 (72-for-155) percent would have ranked fifth among approximately 4,225 Division I players had he met the NCAA statistical minimum of 2.5 made three-pointers per game.

The complete NCAA statistical breakdown for the 2011-12 Division I men's basketball season can be viewed HERE.

Cal Poly's defensive prowess helped forge a 10-4 home record that featured the program's highest victory total inside Mott Gym in five years. The Mustangs, who allowed just 58.4 points per home game this season, won their final five games in Mott Gym to secure the No. 4 seed for the Big West Tournament and clinch a second-successive top-half finish in the conference standings for the first time in five years.

In support of Cal Poly's winning ways, the program has experienced a 42.5 percent increase in attendance between the 2008-09 campaign (the final season prior to head coach Joe Callero's central coast arrival) and last season's average of 2,242 fans per home contest.