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Cal Poly Defeats Antelope Valley, 85-55, for Fourth Straight Victory

Cal Poly Defeats Antelope Valley, 85-55, for Fourth Straight Victory


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Joel Awich and Brian Bennett led a quintet of double-digit scorers with 14 points each as Cal Poly extended its winning streak to four games with an 85-55 victory over University of Antelope Valley in a non-conference men's basketball game Saturday night in the Mott Athletics Center.

Luke Meikle added 13 points, Ridge Shipley 12 and Reese Morgan 10 as Coach Joe Callero's Mustangs improved to 4-2 on the year, earning their eighth consecutive win against non-conference opponents at home.

Antelope Valley is 1-5.

In improving to 34-1 against non-Division I teams since Cal Poly moved to Division I prior to the 1994-95 season, the Mustangs surpassed the 70-point mark for the sixth time in six games this year. Last season, Cal Poly scored 70 or more points just seven times in 29 contests.

Antelope Valley's only lead was at 2-0 on a jumper by Jacob Bowman 35 seconds into the contest. Cal Poly sprinted to a 10-4 advantage and never looked back. An 8-0 run made it 18-9 with 11:10 to go in the first half and the Mustangs led by as many as 12 points before settling for a 36-27 advantage at the break.

a 17-2 Cal Poly run stretched an eight-point lead into a 59-36 bulge with 10:34 to play, Meikle capping the run with a jump shot. The Mustangs led by as many as 32 points down the stretch.

Awich has scored in double figures in each of Cal Poly's six games this season. Bennett's (pictured above) 14 points are a season high.

Bobby Johnson tallied 13 points for the visiting Pioneers and Josh Sanchez added 10. Antelope Valley's 55 points are a season low for points allowed by the Mustangs.

Mustang David Nwaba contributed seven points. seven assists and three steals while Taylor Sutlive added a season-high six assists to go with six points.

Cal Poly outrebounded Antelope Valley 45-35, led by Awich and Nwaba with eight each. Kadeem Minor grabbed seven boards for the Pioneers.

The Mustangs made 47 percent of their floor shots, sinking 34 of 73, including nine of 28 from three-point range, while holding the Pioneers to just 37 percent efficiency (22 of 59, including four of 21 treys).

Cal Poly continues its three-game home stand with a pair of games inside the Mott Athletics Center next week, hosting IPFW on Thursday night and Fresno State on Saturday night. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.