Cal Poly Runs Past Bethesda University in 78-39 Home Victory

Cal Poly Runs Past Bethesda University in 78-39 Home Victory

POSTGAME REACTION: JOE CALLERO | JAMAL JOHNSON | DAVID NWABA

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore wing David Nwaba (right) recorded career highs for points (14) and rebounds (eight) and 12 different Cal Poly men's basketball players scored on Saturday afternoon as the Mustangs earned their first victory of the 2013-14 season with a 78-39 triumph against Bethesda University inside the Mott Athletics Center.

Sophomore forward Brian Bennett added 10 points for Cal Poly (1-3), which trailed by three after five minutes before closing the opening half with a 24-8 run. Senior forward Chris Eversley matched Nwaba with eight rebounds as Cal Poly recorded its largest margin of victory since topping Menlo College 89-43 (Dec. 8, 2012). The 39 points allowed by Cal Poly were the fewest overall and fewest at home since defeating Pacific 67-38 (March 3, 2012).

Three-pointers from Myron Davis and Alex Reynolds provided Bethesda (0-3) an early 10-7 lead before the Mustangs held the Flames to just one field goal during a 10-and-a-half minute span to snatch a 27-12 advantage five minutes before halftime.

Leading 34-18 at the break, Cal Poly opened the second half with a Nwaba three-point play that spurred a 12-4 run. Up front 50-22 with 15 minutes remaining, Cal Poly failed to lead by less than 24 points at any juncture down the stretch.

Mustang sophomore forward Zach Gordon matched a career high with eight points against Bethesda.

Cal Poly shot 47.4 (27-for-57) percent from the floor while holding the Flames to a 28.1 (16-for-57) percent clip.

The Flames failed to attempt a free throw Saturday, marking the first time the feat had occurred under fifth-year Mustang head coach Joe Callero.

Cal Poly opens play at the Oregon-hosted Global Sports Hardwood Challenge on Friday, Nov. 29 against North Dakota. The Mustangs continue tournament action against Pacific (Saturday, Nov. 30) and No. 17/18 Oregon (Sunday, Dec. 1).