CAL POLY REBOUNDS ITS WAY TO VICTORY OVER MENâ€™S BASKETBALL
Junior center Konner Veteto led the Hornets with 11 points, but it was not enough as the Hornets fell to Cal Poly
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly knocked down nine three-pointers and held a dominant 40-21 edge in the rebounding department to coast to a 77-51 victory over Sacramento State in a non-conference men’s basketball game Wednesday evening at Mott Gym.
The Mustangs shot 50.9 percent (28-55) from the field, 42.9 percent (9-21) from the three-point line and tallied 17 assists on the team’s 28 made baskets. Each of those numbers is a season high for a Sacramento State opponent this year. In addition, the Mustangs became the first team to outrebound the Hornets this year, and did it in convincing fashion. Fifteen of Cal Poly’s 40 rebounds came on the offensive glass, which resulted in 14 second-chance points, the second highest total allowed by Sacramento State this season.
The Hornets scored seven of the game’s first 10 points as a jumper from center Konner Veteto gave the team a 7-3 lead with 15:17 left in the first half. However, Cal Poly responded with an 11-0 run to take a 15-11 lead and never trailed the rest of the way. Sacramento State cut the lead to two points at 23-21 with 4:12 left in the half before the Mustangs closed on a 14-8 spurt to take a 37-29 lead into the break.
Cal Poly then went on a 22-7 run during the first 11:46 of the second half to take a 59-36 lead and effectively put the game away. The Mustangs led by as many as 27 points before settling for the 26-point win.
It marked the first time this year that Sacramento State (3-3) was blown out as the Hornets had chances late in the team’s other losses to Washington State and Central Arkansas. Cal Poly, which already has a win at USC and a 27-point home victory over San Jose State this year, improved to 5-2 with the victory. The Mustangs also avenged a 71-67 loss suffered to the Hornets last season in Sacramento. Tonight marked the 45th meeting between the two teams as Cal Poly improved to 29-16 all-time against Sacramento State.
Five different Mustangs buried at least one three-pointer, including Dylan Royer who went a perfect 5-for-5 from distance and finished with a game-high 15 points. In addition, Sacramento State did not have anyone finish with more than three rebounds, and the team secured just six offensive rebounds all evening.
The Hornets were led in scoring by Veteto’s 11 points as he finished 4-for-10 from the field and 3-for-6 from the free throw line. Forward John Dickson chipped in nine points and swingman Heath Hoffman added seven points, including 2-of-3 from the three-point line.
Sacramento State’s leading scorer Joe Eberhard was held to just four points and two rebounds, marking the first time all season the junior swingman did not finish with at least 11 points and seven rebounds in a contest. Freshman point guard Dylan Garrity had five of the team’s nine assists, and has now led the Hornets in assists in every game this year. Center Josh McCarver and forward Walter Jackson both had four points and three rebounds while point guard Julian Demalleville added five points.
McCarver had converted on 15 straight field goal attempts dating back to the first game of the season until he missed on a contested layup attempt with 1:50 to play.
Joining Royer in double figures for Cal Poly were Amaurys Fermin (12 points, game-high six assists) and Will Taylor (11 points, six rebounds). David Hanson and Drake U’u both added nine points.
Sacramento State will continue its season-long three-game road trip on Friday when the team travels to Norman for a game against Oklahoma of the Big 12 Conference. The game will be televised live on the Sooner Sports Network, and a live video stream of the game is being offered for a fee by clicking here. The game can also be heard live on www.hornetsports.com, or on radio in the foothills on KAHI 950 AM.