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Cal Poly Earns First Win Ever Against CAA, Beats Delaware 78-60

Cal Poly Earns First Win Ever Against CAA, Beats Delaware 78-60

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Sophomore guard Ridge Shipley scored a career-high 21 points as Cal Poly beat a team from the Colonial Athletic Association for the first time, defeating Delaware 78-60 in a non-conference men's basketball matchup of 2014 NCAA Tournament participants Friday night before 2,416 in the Mott Athletics Center.

Junior forward Brian Bennett added 12 points and junior forward David Nwaba 10 as the Mustangs, who never trailed in the game, improved to 2-1 for the season.

Delaware, paced by sophomore Cazmon Hayes with 22 points and freshman guard Kory Holden with 12, fell to 0-2.

Cal Poly made 12 of 35 three-pointers, the most since also hitting 12 treys against the Blue Hens a year ago in Wilmington, and hit 54.5 percent of its floor shots in the first half, racing to a 26-point halftime advantage, 48-22. The Mustangs ended the half with a 28-6 run.

Delaware made just one of its first eight floor shots and Cal Poly failed to commit a turnover in the opening 20 minutes of play. The 48 points before the break are the most for the Mustangs since Jan. 21, 2012, when Cal Poly scored 57 against CSUN. That's a stretch of 81 games.

The Mustang lead grew to as much as 35 points early in the second half before Delaware closed the gap in the final 14 minutes.

Cal Poly finished with just four turnovers for the game and outrebounded Delaware 41-36, led by junior forward Joel Awich and senior guard Maliik Love, each with seven boards.

Love also contributed a career-high eight assists.

Delaware connected on 10 of 21 shots from three-point range and hit 18 of 21 free throws, but was just 16-for-51 from the floor for the game, including six of 30 two-point shots.

Nwaba has scored in double figures in each of Cal Poly's three games this season. Shipley (pictured above) made six of 12 floor shots, including five of nine from long range, and all of his four free throws.

Cal Poly returns to action Wednesday at Cal, starting at 7 p.m. The Mustangs also play at Saint Mary's on Saturday at 7 o'clock.