POSTGAME REACTION: JOE CALLERO | AMAURYS FERMIN | WILL TAYLOR
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior guard Amaurys Fermin registered a game-high 17 points in his first appearance as a Mustang while senior forward Will Taylor returned from his 2010-11 redshirt season to grab a career-high 13 rebounds as the Cal Poly men's basketball team opened the regular season inside Mott Gym on Saturday afternoon with a 79-52 pounding of San Jose State.
Taylor and sophomore guard Maliik Love each added 12 points while senior center Will Donahue notched 10 for Cal Poly (1-0), which led San Jose State (0-1) wire-to-wire and held the Spartans to a 28.6 (12-for-42) percent field goal mark. The Mustangs, who outrebounded the Spartans, 47-26, also limited San Jose State to just five offensive boards.
Sophomore forward Chris Eversley and junior guard Dylan Royer knocked down back-to-back three-pointers either side of the 12-minute mark during the first half to provide Cal Poly an early 20-4 advantage. San Jose State, held to just one field goal during the opening nine minutes, 45 seconds, responded to produce a quick 16-5 run and close its deficit to 25-20, seven-and-a-half minutes before intermission.
Fermin (above), however, scored seven points during the gap before halftime and Taylor and Love both produced a pair of field goals to boost Cal Poly's lead to 40-27 at the break. The Mustangs, who shot 43.8 percent from the floor, then proceeded to score 12 of the initial 18 points out of halftime to open their lead to 52-33 with 15 minutes to play.
Cal Poly, which continues its season-opening two-game homestand versus Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., failed to lead by less than 19 points the remainder of the day.