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Mustangs Keep Pace in Big West Tournament Seeding Race with 69-56 Win



SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior forward David Hanson scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to register his fourth double-double of the season as the Cal Poly men's basketball program moved a step closer to securing the No. 4 seed for the March 8-10 Big West Conference Tournament with a 69-56 triumph against UC Davis on Thursday evening inside Mott Gym.

Junior guard Dylan Royer (above) sank four three-pointers to finish with 14 points for Cal Poly (16-14, 7-8), which grabbed sole possession of fourth place in the Big West standings after Pacific (11-17, 6-9) dropped a 76-61 decision at second-place UC Santa Barbara (16-9, 10-4) earlier Thursday. The Mustangs, who forced the Aggies (5-24, 3-12) into missing their first 14 three-point attempts, can clinch the No. 4 seed for the Big West Tournament with a victory against Pacific on Saturday. Tip time for Cal Poly's regular season finale inside Mott Gym is set for 7:05 p.m. with the matchup shown live locally on KSBY-TV.

Cal Poly, which secured its highest overall victory total since the 2006-07 Mustangs finished 19-11, also received 13 points from sophomore forward Chris Eversley.

One of only seven Mustangs to score 1,000-plus points and grab 500-plus rebounds during a career, Hanson – now with 1,227 points at Cal Poly – displaced Hank Moroski (1947-50, 1,211) for eighth place on the program's career scoring chart with his 16-point effort on Thursday.

The Mustangs led the Aggies, 13-12, with 11-and-a-half minutes remaining during the first half before holding UC Davis to just one field goal during the ensuing eight minutes. The Mustangs, who led at the break, 33-18, limited UC Davis to a 30.4 (7-for-24) percent field goal mark during the first half.

Cal Poly, which shot 50.0 (25-for-50) percent from the floor and outrebounded UC Davis, 37-24, kept up the pressure the remainder of the night. The Mustangs bolted out of the second half gate with a 19-10 run and eventually led by as much as 55-32 with 10-and-a-half minutes remaining.

Senior point guard Amaurys Fermin added a game-high four assists for the Mustangs.

Thursday's victory ended a season-long, three-game slide for Cal Poly.