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Up Next: Saturday, Feb. 4 (7 p.m.)
Icardo Center (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Audio: HERE (Worldwide), ESPN 1280 (San Luis Obispo County) / Tom Barket (play-by-play)
Live Stats: HERE
All-Time Series Record: CSU Bakersfield, 31-25
Winning Streak: CSU Bakersfield, 1-0
Last Meeting: Nov. 16, 2011 (CSUB, 60-58, @CP)
2010-11 Season Series: Cal Poly, 1-0
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Cal Poly men's basketball program takes a respite from Big West Conference action to complete a four-game road trip when visiting the Icardo Center on Saturday, Feb. 4 to face CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m. Just 5-6 on the road this season, Cal Poly (13-10) looks to reverse a 60-58 home defeat suffered against the Roadrunners (11-12) on Nov. 16. The Mustangs are seeking their second-successive triumph in Bakersfield after senior forward David Hanson's career-high 29-point effort helped deliver a 77-61 victory inside Rabobank Arena a season ago. Division I independent CSU Bakersfield, 6-1 against Big West opponents this season, saw its current slide extended to three defeats following a 78-57 loss at New Mexico State on Feb. 1.
HOW TO ENJOY MUSTANG BASKETBALL SATURDAY NIGHT: Tom Barket returns to the headset to provide play-by-play detail of Cal Poly's Saturday matchup at CSU Bakersfield for GoPoly.com HERE and in San Luis Obispo County on ESPN 1280. The pre-game show begins at 6:45 p.m. Live stats from the matchup will be available HERE.
CAL POLY VERSUS CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD: The Roadrunners lead the all-time series against the Mustangs since the first meeting between the two sides on Feb. 15, 1971, 31-25. Of Cal Poly's 56 all-time meetings versus Cal State Bakersfield, 48 occurred when the two programs were members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (1972-94).
MUSTANGS V. ROADRUNNERS, ROUND NO. 1 (NOV. 16): CSU Bakersfield junior guard Tyrone White hit a three-pointer from the left corner with 10.3 seconds remaining to lift the Roadrunners to a 60-58 victory inside Mott Gym. Cal Poly, which overcame an 11-point first-half deficit and led by as many as six points on three occasions during the second half, was outscored 8-0 over the final four minutes.
A 14-0 run by CSU Bakersfield early during the first half handed the Roadrunners a 20-10 advantage. The Mustangs, however, scored the final seven points of the first half to lead at the break, 34-30. Still up 58-52 with four minutes remaining, however, the Mustangs yielded the final eight points to the Roadrunners. After White drained the eventual game-winning shot, Mustang senior guard Amaurys Fermin missed a driving layup with a second to play.
Cal Poly, which shot 51.0 (25-for-49) percent from the floor against CSU Bakersfield, received a game-high 16 points from senior forward Will Taylor, 14 from Fermin and a career-best seven assists from sophomore guard Jamal Johnson.
DEFENSE REMAINS AT THE FOREFRONT: Despite Thursday's 83-61 loss at Cal State Fullerton in which Cal Poly surrendered season high totals for points, field goals (31), three-pointers (10) and assists (19), the Mustangs remain atop the Big West and NCAA defensive charts. Cal Poly enters Saturday's matchup at CSU Bakersfield ranked 15th among NCAA programs in opponent points per game (58.6) as well as leading the Big West in opponent rebounds per game (29.1) and ranking third in opponent three-point percentage (33.6). CSU Bakersfield, conversely, ranks 35th among NCAA programs with a 38.5 (156-for-405) percent three-point mark. Highlighted by limiting USC to 36 points on Nov. 19 – the fewest points scored by a Cal Poly opponent in 18 years at the Division I level – the Mustangs have held foes under 60 points during 12 of 23 games this year. The Mustangs have also held opponents under 30 percent from three-point range a further nine times during the 2011-12 season.
CAL POLY TOUGH ON THE BOARDS: Cal Poly has grabbed the same amount of boards or outrebounded its opponent during 20 of 23 games this year, mass production that has the Mustangs ranked 18th nationally in rebounding margin (plus-6.8) entering Saturday's matchup at CSU Bakersfield. Not surprisingly, Cal Poly is 11-5 this season when outrebounding the opposition with the only defeats coming at DePaul (Dec. 21), versus UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 2) and Long Beach State (Jan. 5, Jan. 19) and at UC Riverside (Jan. 14).
POSSESSION IS NINE-TENTHS OF THE WIN: Cal poly enters Saturday's matchup at CSU Bakersfield ranked 17th among NCAA programs with just 11.0 turnovers committed per game. Also 50th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.14-to-1), the Mustangs have finished with a single-digit turnover total during nine of their last 17 contests.
MUSTANGS ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES: Cal Poly has compiled a 7-2 record this year following a loss and just twice this season have the Mustangs dropped consecutive games. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, Cal Poly has posted a 14-9 mark following a defeat.
TAYLOR CONTINUES TO RISE TO THE OCCASION: With five double-doubles tucked into his back pocket this season – including an 18-point, 10-rebound effort against Cal State Northridge (Jan. 21) – senior forward Will Taylor enters Saturday's matchup at CSU Bakersfield ranked second among Big West players with a 54.3 (100-for-184) percent field goal mark and third with 7.5 rebounds per game. A starter during all 23 of Cal Poly's contests after redshirting last season, Taylor has grabbed seven-plus rebounds in a game 13 times this year, recorded double-digit scoring figures 12 times and shot higher than 60 percent from the floor on nine occasions.
EVERSLEY EMERGING: Sophomore forward Chris Eversley had recorded just 52 points during his initial 15 contests as a Mustang, but the Chicago native and 2010 transfer from Rice has registered double-digit scoring figures during five of Cal Poly's last eight outings and, since Jan. 7, ranks third among Mustangs with 10.4 points per game. Eversley, who scored a career-high 19 points against Cal State Northridge (Jan. 21), has grabbed a collegiate-high nine rebounds during three of Cal Poly's previous four contests.
FERMIN FORGES THE BULLETS FOR CAL POLY TO FIRE: Arguably the Big West's most efficient point guard, senior Amaurys Fermin enters Saturday's matchup at CSU Bakersfield ranked second among conference players in assists (83) and assists per game (3.61) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.60-to-1). Fermin, who matched a career high with eight assists at DePaul (Dec. 21), also ranks second among Mustangs with 15 double-digit scoring games and third with 10.2 points per contest. After redshirting the 2009-10 (transfer) and 2010-11 (injury) seasons, Fermin has started all 23 games for Cal Poly this year.
HANSON'S HIGHLIGHT EFFORTS: A 19-point, 11-rebound performance at Pacific (Jan. 26) marked senior forward David Hanson's fourth double-double during Cal Poly's previous 12 games. The program's leader with 17 double-digit scoring games after notching just four total points during Cal Poly's opening two contests, Hanson enters Saturday's matchup at CSU Bakersfield leading all Mustangs with 11.5 points per game and ranking 10th among Big West rebounders with 5.7 boards per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: Cal Poly resumes Big West play with a two-game home stand against UC Riverside (10-12, 4-5) on Thursday, Feb. 9 and UC Irvine (9-13, 5-4) on Saturday, Feb. 11. Both matchups begin at 7 p.m. in Mott Gym. Currently tied for sixth place in the Big West standings, Cal Poly defeated UC Irvine, 66-50, during the first meeting between the two sides (Jan. 12) before falling at UC Riverside (Jan. 14) two nights later, 60-53. Fourth-place UC Irvine hosts sixth-place Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 4 while fifth-place UC Riverside entertains cellar-dwelling UC Davis.
LAST TIME OUT (FEB. 2): Will Taylor scored a team-high 10 points and fellow senior forward Jordan Lewis added a season-best nine, but early scoring droughts during both the first and second halves doomed Cal Poly against Cal State Fullerton as the Mustangs suffered an 83-61 defeat inside Titan Gym. Senior center Will Donahue added nine points for Cal Poly, but the Mustangs saw a three-game winning streak snapped against Cal State Fullerton (14-7, 6-3) after yielding a 57.4 (31-for-54) percent field goal mark and allowing the program's highest point total since producing a 102-89 victory at Hawai'i (Feb. 20, 2010).
Junior guard D.J. Seeley scored 11 of Cal State Fullerton's opening 13 points, but the Mustangs, trailing 18-12 at the 12-minute mark, received a pair of field goals from David Hanson and one from Taylor to pull within one point of the early Titan lead. Cal State Fullerton, however, responded by dropping a 17-2 run during the ensuing five-and-a-half minutes to stretch a double-digit lead as far as 37-21 with three-and-a-half minutes remaining before the break.
Seeley opened the second half with another three-pointer and junior guard Kwame Vaughn followed with a three-pointer, jumper and dunk in rapid succession as the Titans produced an 11-0 run out of the locker room to lead 54-29. Lewis finally stemmed the Titan tide with a three-point play, but Cal State Fullerton resumed dominance with another 8-0 run to snatch a 30-point lead five minutes into the second half.
Cal Poly's smallest deficit the remainder of the night came with the final scoreline as senior guard Matt Titchenal drove the baseline to close the evening with a last-second layup.
Mustangs Cap Four-Game Road Trip Saturday Night at CSU Bakersfield
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