MORAGA – Sophomore forward Luke Meikle matched a career high with 18 points, but Saint Mary's knocked down a program-record 19 three-pointers Monday evening as the Cal Poly men's basketball team fell inside McKeon Pavilion, 93-63.
Mustang senior forward Brian Bennett added a season high 15 points for Cal Poly (5-4), but Saint Mary's (7-1) shot 62.1 (19-for-31) percent from three-point range in leading wire-to-wire. The 19 three-pointers eclipsed the previous Saint Mary's program record of 17 set at Pepperdine (Feb. 18, 2008) and were one shy of Cal Poly's program record for opponent three-pointers, established by Northern Arizona (Dec. 2, 2000). The 93 points allowed by Cal Poly were the program's most since falling at CSUN 94-81 (Feb. 15, 2012).
Cal Poly continues its four-game, 12-day road trip at USC on Thursday, Dec. 17. Tip time inside the Galen Center is 7 p.m. with action televised nationally on Pac-12 Network.
Three successive three-pointers from Gaels guard Calvin Hermanson helped lift Saint Mary's to a 13-2 lead after just four minutes. Held to a 1-for-5 start from the floor, Cal Poly cut its early deficit to six points through two free throws by senior guard David Nwaba and a Shipley three-pointer.
Saint Mary's, however, answered with a 12-4 run aided by two Hermanson jumpers and a three-pointer by guard Stefan Gonzalez to go up 25-11 with 10-and-a-half minutes remaining in the opening half.
Twice Cal Poly trimmed its deficit to single digits, but the Gaels knocked down five of their nine first-half three-pointers during the half's final five minutes to lead 46-27 at the break.
After shooting 54.8 (17-for-31) percent in the first half, the Gaels opened the second by sinking five of their first six shot attempts.
Two Awich free throws and a Meikle jumper helped lower Cal Poly's deficit to 58-42 with 15 minutes to play.
With Saint Mary's having connected on its opening six three-point attempts of the second half, however, the 16-point deficit was as close as the Mustangs came down the stretch.