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Cal Poly Holds Off UC Riverside for 69-64 Triumph

Cal Poly Holds Off UC Riverside for 69-64 Triumph

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

POSTGAME REACTION: JOE CALLERO | MICHAEL BOLDEN | CHRIS EVERSLEY

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior forward Chris Eversley notched a game-leading 22 points and junior wing Michael Bolden (right) scored a career-high 13 on Saturday evening as the Cal Poly men's basketball program fended off UC Riverside for a 69-64 victory inside the Mott Athletics Center.

Sophomore wing David Nwaba added 13 points for Cal Poly (10-16, 6-7), which held UC Riverside (8-19, 3-10) to a solitary field goal during a five-and-a-half minute span late in the second half to pull away for the triumph. Cal Poly survived a 35.4 (17-for-48) percent shooting night from the floor by posting a 53.3 (8-for-15) percent figure from three-point range. Bolden himself nailed four three-pointers to key the performance.

Despite the victory, Cal Poly remained in a fifth-place tie in the Big West Conference standings alongside Cal State Northridge (14-15, 6-7), which toppled league-leading UC Irvine (18-10, 9-3) earlier Saturday, 81-75.

Cal Poly contests its final regular season road trip when visiting UC Davis on Thursday, Feb. 27 and UC Irvine on Saturday, March 1 on ESPNU.

With Saturday's matchup deadlocked at 40-40 and 11-and-a-half minutes remaining, Cal Poly received a pair of jumpers from sophomore forward Brian Bennett and a Bolden three-pointer to go up by seven points.

An 8-4 UC Riverside run over a two-minute span brought the Highlanders to within a three-pointer of Cal Poly's lead before the Mustangs reasserted themselves. Following a Nwaba layup, Eversley added a jumper before sinking one of his three three-pointers to place Cal Poly in a 58-49 ascendency with four-and-a-half minutes to play.

Nwaba then followed with two free throws to hand Cal Poly its first double-digit lead.

The Highlanders made one final change, compiling a 9-1 run to trim Cal Poly's lead to 63-60 with 51 seconds left. Cal Poly, however, hit six of eight free throws down the stretch to keep UC Riverside at bay.