POSTGAME REACTION: JOE CALLERO | KYLE TOTH | LUKE MEIKLE
SAN LUIS OBISPO – Junior forward Luke Meikle (above) recorded his first collegiate double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and senior guard Kyle Toth led all players with 17 points as the Cal Poly men's basketball program pulled away Saturday afternoon for a 69-52 victory against NCCAA Bethesda University inside Mott Athletics Center.
Sophomore guard Donovan Fields added 15 points for Cal Poly (2-2), which kept Bethesda (4-7) to a 36.5 (23-for-63) percent field goal mark. Cal Poly, which saw Toth knock down five of his team's 12 three-pointers, also blocked eight shots Saturday.
The Mustangs, who received nine points and six assists from sophomore guard Jaylen Shead, improved to 36-1 against non-Division I programs since themselves transitioning to Division I prior to the 1994-95 season.
Cal Poly returns to action at the Nov. 23, 25-26 Northern Illinois Thanksgiving Classic in DeKalb, Ill. The Mustangs open the tournament versus the host Huskies on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. PT.
During a first half that included five lead changes, Cal Poly found itself trailing 14-12 eight minutes into action before holding the Flames to just three field goals during a 10-minute stretch. An ensuing 16-6 run placed the Mustangs up 28-20 two-and-a-half minutes before the break.
Bethesda closed within four points of Cal Poly's lead just twice the remainder of the game. Holding a 35-33 lead with 16 minutes remaining in the game, Cal Poly utilized three-pointers from Meikle and senior guard Ridge Shipley and a Toth layup to quickly grab the game's first double-digit lead en route to victory.