POSTGAME REACTION: JOE CALLERO | CHRIS EVERSLEY | JOEL AWICH
STANFORD, Calif. – Senior forward Chris Eversley (right) scored a game-leading and season-high 25 points and sophomore forward Joel Awich chipped in with a career-high 11, but the Cal Poly men's basketball program failed to recover from an early double-digit deficit and dropped a 79-62 decision to Stanford inside Maples Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
Awich and sophomore forward David Nwaba each produced a team-leading five rebounds for Cal Poly (4-8), which shot 35.4 (23-for-65) percent from the floor and found itself trailing by double digits inside 14 minutes. Despite producing 14 offensive rebounds to Stanford's two, Cal Poly conceded a 58.1 (25-for-43) percent shooting mark to the Cardinal. Additionally, Stanford featured four players in double-digit scoring figures.
The Mustangs look to snap a three-game slide when finalizing a season-long four-game road trip at Delaware on Saturday, Jan. 4. Tip time inside the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del., is set for 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.
Despite being held to a 30.0 (3-for-10) percent shooting start from the floor and without an offensive rebound for the opening 25 minutes, Stanford forged an 8-0, two-minute run midway through the first half to snatch an early 15-6 advantage.
A quick response dunk from Nwaba and layup from sophomore forward Brian Bennett brought the Mustangs to within five points of the Cardinal lead, but Stanford responded with a second 8-0 run to go up 25-12 five minutes before the break.
Cal Poly, held to just three field goals during the final eight minutes of the first half, received a three-pointer from senior guard Kyle Odister with three seconds remaining, but – having posted a 25.7 (9-for-35) percent field goal mark during the opening 20 minutes – found itself trailing at intermission, 33-20.
Buoyed to open the second half by Eversley, who scored eight of Cal Poly's first 11 points, the Mustangs were able to cut their deficit to 11 early in the second half. The Mustangs still trailed 45-33 with 14-and-a-half minutes to play when Stanford reeled off a 13-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Facing a 72-49 gap with five minutes left, the Mustangs made a late push with a 9-1 run that took just 83 seconds to compile. With a chance to cut their deficit to 13 points, however, Nwaba saw a layup attempt blocked by Cardinal senior forward Dwight Powell. Stanford then held Cal Poly to just one field goal the remainder of the night.
Eversley led all players with three steals.