The third slot of the First Four is now filled as Cal Poly advances on to play Wichita State this Friday at 7:10 PM EST on CBS.
The game started with both the Cal Poly Mustangs and Texas Southern Tigers shooting the ball very well. In fact, up until the 10 minute mark of the first half, both teams looked fairly equal. However, Cal Poly started to heat-up as they went on to extend the lead to 44- 32 to end the half.
In the first half, Chris Eversley lead the way in points for the Mustangs with 11 points. Aaric Murray, the West Virginia transfer lead the way in points for the Tigers with 17 points. The Tigers won the rebounding battle in the half 17-14 and the Mustangs lead the way in steals 3-0.
In the second half, the Tigers tried to make a comeback, but were only able to cut the lead within seven. But, the Mustangs’ fight was too much for the Tigers. Both teams traded baskets for the majority of the second half. However, the Mustangs looked great as a team as they were able to pass the ball efficiently and score on most of their possessions.
An interesting note to the game was that the Tiger’s Murray broke the First Four points record with 35 points.
However, it was the combined scoring effort of Eversley (19 points), Dave Nwaba (17 points) and Brian Bennett (10 points) for the Mustangs that made the difference.
Final score of the game Mustangs 81, Tigers 69.
The Mustangs will play again against the Wichita State Shockers this Friday at 7:10 PM EST on CBS. The Shockers are undefeated on the season at 34-0. The winner of the Shockers/Mustangs game will go on to play either Kentucky or Kansas State in the round of 32.