POSTGAME REACTION: JOE CALLERO, KYLE TOTH, VICTOR JOSEPH
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior guard Kyle Toth scored 18 points as Cal Poly, which held an opponent under 50 points for the first time in 43 games, defeated UTSA 59-47 in a non-conference men's basketball game Thursday night in the Mott Athletics Center.
Victor Joseph came off the bench to add 16 points while Donovan Fields contributed 11 points as Coach Joe Callero's Mustangs evened their mark at 4-4.
UTSA, led by Jeff Beverly's 17 points, fell to 2-5.
A jumper by Joseph snapped a 12-12 tie with 10:01 to play in the first half and ignited a 10-0 Cal Poly run for a 22-12 advantage with 5:38 to play before halftime. Joseph scored seven of the 10 points and Toth hit a three-pointer.
UTSA did not get any closer than six points the rest of the way. The Roadrunners pulled to within 35-29 four minutes into the second half before Cal Poly put together a 17-5 run to pull away. Fields hit a trio of three-pointers during the game-clinching spurt, giving the Mustangs a 52-34 cushion with 9:07 to go.
Toth and Joseph both lead the club with five double-digit scoring games this season. Joseph has notched four such games in a row. Hank Hollingsworth produced career highs with five blocks and five rebounds. Jaylen Shead tied his career high with seven assists.
Last time Cal Poly held an opponent under 50 points was on Feb. 21, 2015 in a 48-44 loss at UC Riverside. The Mustangs have won 12 of their last 13 non-conference home games.
UTSA outrebounded Cal Poly 43-34, led by Beverly and Byron Frohnen with nine each. Hollingsworth, Fields and Joseph each grabbed five boards for Cal Poly.
The Mustangs made 36 percent of their floor shots (20 of 56), including nine of 27 from three-point range, while holding UTSA to just 28 percent shooting from the floor (14 of 51). The Roadrunners connected on just one of their 14 shots from long range.
Toth and Joseph both made six of 13 floor shots and both were three of six in three-point shooting. Fields, who contributed five steals, was four of nine from the floor, three of five from long range.
Cal Poly hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (5-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Mott Athletics Center, the Mustangs' final home game before embarking on a five-week road trip.
Photo above of Victor Joseph courtesy of Ray Ambler | RA Photos