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Hot-Shooting Cal Poly Defeats Menlo College 89-43

Hot-Shooting Cal Poly Defeats Menlo College 89-43



SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Junior forward Chris Eversley and senior guard Dylan Royer each scored 15 points, leading a quartet of double-digit Cal Poly scorers as the hot-shooting Mustangs breezed past Menlo College 89-43 in a non-conference men's basketball game Saturday night in Mott Gym.

Freshman forward Brian Bennett added 14 points and junior guard Kyle Odister came off the bench to contribute 10 for the Mustangs, who hit 57.4 percent of their floor shots and evened their record at 3-3.

Menlo, which fell to 2-8, was paced by senior guard ChaRunn Jones with 15 points and junior forward Patrick Greene with 11. The Oaks connected on just 32 percent of their field goal attempts.

Joe Callero, in his 100th game as Mustang head coach, watched his team outrebound Menlo 37-27 and turn the ball over only eight times to go with 20 assists. Cal Poly entered the week No. 5 in the nation in assists-to-turnover ratio (1.58 to 1) and No. 1 with fewest turnovers per game (8.6).

The Mustangs' 20 assists is a new high in Callero's three-plus seasons at the helm.

Royer (pictured at right) hit a three-pointer 51 seconds into the game and Cal Poly led from start to finish, sprinting to a 23-3 advantage in the first eight minutes. The Mustangs led by as many as 31 points in the first half, settled for a 42-14 cushion at the break and the 46-point margin of victory was Cal Poly's biggest lead of the game.

Eversley, who made six of his 11 floor shots, led Cal Poly on the boards with eight and also contributed four assists. Royer connected on five of his eight field goal attempts, including four of six from long range.

Although held scoreless, senior guard Chris O'Brien produced six assists, all in the first half, while junior guard Jamal Johnson added five assists.

Cal Poly, which had blocked just three shots in its first five games, blocked five Menlo shots Saturday night. Bennett and O'Brien each blocked two shots for the Mustangs.

Cal Poly made 31 of 54 floor shots, including 10 of 17 three-pointers, and was 17-for-23 from the free throw line. Menlo, on the other hand, was just 16 of 50 from the floor, six of 21 from three-point range, and made just five of seven free throws.

Ten Cal Poly players scored, including redshirt freshman forward Joel Awich, who converted a conventional three-point play with 5:29 left in the second half for his first points as a Mustang.

The Mustangs' 46-point win was their largest since a 100-54 triumph over Cal State Northridge last Jan. 21.

Cal Poly plays at Nevada on Tuesday before returning home to host Eastern New Mexico on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in Mott Gym.

The Wolf Pack defeated Washington 76-73 Saturday to improve to 5-4 on the season.