Cal Poly Men's Basketball Ties NCAA Record in Win Over Cal State Northridge
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly tied an NCAA record by making its first 11 three-point shots and senior center Will Taylor produced his fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Mustangs defeated Cal State Northridge 100-54 in a Big West Conference men's basketball game Saturday before 2,483 inside Mott Gym and a regional television audience (Fox PRIME Ticket).
Sophomore forward Chris Eversley added a career-high 19 points, senior forward David Hanson and sophomore guard Kyle Odister (pictured at right) 14 and senior guard Amaurys Fermin 10 as Cal Poly improved to 12-8 overall and 3-4 in Big West games. Hanson became the 15th player in Cal Poly history to surpass 1,100 career points and Odister made a team-leading four three-pointers.
Cal State Northridge (5-12, 2-5 Big West) was led by senior forward Michael Lizarraga with 11 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
Cal Poly was 11-for-11 from three-point range in the opening half of play, building a 57-24 advantage at the break, and led by as many as 48 points in the second half before settling for the 46-point victory, easily the largest in the history of the series. Previous best was 28 points at 98-70 in 1984.
It also marks the largest margin of victory for Joe Callero since he became head coach of the Mustangs three years ago.
The NCAA record for consecutive three-pointers made without a miss is 11, first set by Niagara against Siena on Jan. 7, 1987, and equalled by Eastern Kentucky against UNC-Asheville one week later.
The streak ended when Fermin missed a three-pointer from the top of the key a minute into the second half.
The Mustang women's basketball team also owns a share of the same record, accomplished in 2010 against Pacific.
Cal Poly outrebounded Cal State Northridge 45-28. In addition to Taylor's 10 boards, Eversley finished with nine and Hanson had seven.
The Mustangs finished with 60.7 percent accuracy from the floor (15 of 21 three-pointers for 71.4 percent, a school record) compared to 23.1 percent for Cal State Northridge. The Matadors missed all 10 of their three-point tries.
Cal Poly turned the ball over 13 times, two more than Cal State Northridge, and committed 27 personal fouls, sending the Matadors to the free throw line 36 times (they made 30). Cal Poly was 17 of 24 from the charity stripe.
Cal Poly went on a 20-2 run to turn an 11-6 lead into a 31-8 cushion with 8:13 to go and never looked back. The Mustangs defense held the Matadors without a field goal for nearly seven minutes until freshman guard Davon Potts ended the drought with a jumper with 7:55 to play in the first half.
Cal Poly's 57 points in the first half are the most in any half for the Mustangs this season. The Mustangs beat Hawaii 102-89 two years ago for their last 100-point performance and last broke the century mark at home on Nov. 27, 2001, against Portland State in a 100-79 win.
Cal Poly plays its next four games on the road, starting Thursday night at Pacific. The Mustangs also visit UC Davis on Saturday, Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 2 and Cal State Bakersfield for a non-conference contest Feb. 4. All games begin at 7 p.m.