POSTGAME REACTION: JOE CALLERO, LUKE MEIKLE, VICTOR JOSEPH
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore guard Victor Joseph came off the bench to lead a quartet of double-digit scorers, tallying 19 to spark Cal Poly to an 82-70 non-conference men's basketball victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday night inside the Mott Athletics Center.
Kyle Toth added 17 points, Luke Meikle (pictured above) 13 and Donovan Fields 12 for Cal Poly, which improved its record to 5-4 for the season and handed the visiting Islanders (5-1) their first loss of the year.
Game-high scoring honors went to TAMU-CC's Rashawn Thomas with 24 points. Ehab Amin added 18 points and Cole Martinez 10.
Cal Poly led wire to wire for the win in its last home game of 2016. The Mustangs do not return home for 40 days, hosting Cal State Fullerton for their second Big West Conference game on Jan. 12. In between, Cal Poly visits Fresno State, Cal, Washington, Grand Canyon and Princeton before opening Big West play at UC Davis on Jan. 7 to close out the six-game road trip.
Cal Poly raced to a 36-16 lead on a three-pointer by Joseph with 4:04 to play in the first half and the Mustangs settled for a 44-23 advantage at the break with a 21-9 spurt to close out the first half.
The Islanders twice closed the gap to six points -- at 53-47 with 12:51 to play on a three-pointer by Amin and at 58-52 with 9:43 to go on a three-pointer by Martinez -- before Cal Poly regained the momentum with a 16-2 run for a 20-point lead at 74-54 with 5:14 to play.
Hank Hollingsworth sparked the turnaround with a pair of thunderous dunks and Joseph and Meikle capped the run with three-pointers.
In winning a non-conference game at home for the 13th time in its last 14 games, Cal Poly produced season highs for three-pointers (14), field goal percentage (55 percent) and points (82). The Mustangs scored the most points since tallying 82 at USC on Dec. 17, 2015.
Cal Poly connected on 28 of 51 floor shots, including 14 of 29 from three-point range for 48 percent. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi made 50 percent of its field goal attempts (26 of 52), but was just four of 12 from long range.
Ridge Shipley finished one point shy of double figures, but added a season-high seven assists. Toth has a team-high six double-digit scoring games this season. Field contributed five steals and three assists.
Cal Poly outrebounded the taller Islanders 31-24, led by Hollingsworth with a career-high eight boards and Meikle with seven. Thomas grabbed eight caroms for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.