Cal Poly completes the home stand on Saturday against UC Davis

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SAN LUIS OBISPO — After not playing a home game in 59 days, Cal Poly’s men’s basketball program will play its second in three nights when hosting UC Davis on Saturday, January 15. Mott Athletics Center tipping time is 7 p.m. for the Mustangs (3-10, 0-2), whose 57-46 loss to UC Riverside on Thursday marked the program’s first home game since Nov. 15. UC Davis (7-4, 0-0), meanwhile, had all four of its Big West Conference accounting games canceled due to COVID protocols. UC Davis enters Saturday’s game having played just once in the past 24 days with the Aggies leading UC San Diego — still in its Division I transition — at home on Jan. 8.

FOLLOW CAL POLY THIS WEEK: Chris Sylvester provides play-by-play streaming for ESPN+ HERE while Zachary Anderson-Yoxsimer handles audio play-by-play for ESPN 1280 (San Luis Obispo County) and GoPoly.com HERE from Saturday’s game against UC Davis…live stats will also be available via GoPoly.com HERE.

CAL POLY VS UC DAVIS: The Aggies have prevailed in the last nine meetings with Cal Poly dating to a 66-55 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Big West tournament. After sweeping the last four-season series, UC Davis won both meetings at Cal Poly last year led the Mustangs 69-61 (February 26) and, in overtime, 68-66 (February 27). Cal Poly leads the all-time series (35-29) while UC Davis leads the Division I series (22-14).

CLOSE, BUT…: So far, seven of Cal Poly’s 13 games have been decided by four runs or less, with the Mustangs holding just a 2-5 record in those results. Cal Poly’s two victories were a 67-63 neutral-site win over Idaho (Nov. 24) and a 61-58 decision at Portland State (Dec. 11). Excluding an 87-57 loss at Santa Clara (Nov. 19) and an 83-48 loss at Fresno State (Dec. 17), Cal Poly’s last eight losses have averaged 5.3 points per game. The Mustangs have already suffered three one-point losses to Sacramento State (Nov. 15), San Diego (Dec. 5) and Portland (Dec. 13) and an overtime loss to Nicholls State (Nov. 22).

KOROMA CONTINUES TO SCORING: One of Cal Poly’s top two scorers for a second straight season, the junior forward Alimamy Koroma — powered by a team leading eight double-digit outings, including a career-best 23-point effort against Nicholls State (Nov. 22) — ranks 11th among Big West players with 12.3 points per game. Koroma, who added 19 points against Sacramento State (Nov. 15), also leads Cal Poly and ranks third among Big West players with a 49.6 field goal mark (65 for 131). With 27 career double-digit games, Koroma is averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 50.1 (222 for 443) percent in 61 college outings.

COLVIN UP THE SCORING BOARD: With five double-digit scoring games – including a 24-point performance at CSUN (January 8) – sophomore forward Kyle Colvin ranks second in the roster with 9.2 points per game. Colvin’s 28-point, 10-rebound outing against Idaho (Nov. 24) marked his first career double-double and highest-scoring game by a Mustang this season. Colvin also scored 18 points in Santa Clara (November 19). After grabbing more than seven rebounds four times this season, Colvin — who wore a redshirt last year — is also Cal Poly’s second-leading rebounder with 4.8 rebounds per game. In 39 college games, Colvin is averaging 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per night.

TAYLOR ON THE BOARDS: An off-season transfer of James Madison via Wyoming, junior guard Trevon Taylor surpassed his previous college-best score as a 27-point performance at Portland (Dec. 13) remains the second-highest offensive production by a Mustang this season. One of only two Mustangs with a double-double so far after scoring Cal Poly’s best 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against Sacramento State (Nov. 15), Taylor maintains the program lead with 5.8 boards by night. Also grabbing nine rebounds against Nicholls State (Nov. 22) and California Baptist (Dec. 2), Taylor started 11 of 13 contests while ranking third in the roster with 7.9 points per game.

PIERCE’S DISTRIBUTION EFFORTS: One of only two Mustangs to start all 13 games alongside the striker Alimamy Koroma, second playmaker Camren Pierce ranks third among Big West players with 47 total assists and fourth with 3.6 per game. Highlighted by a career-best performance of eight assists in San Diego (December 5), Pierce has produced more than six assists three times this season. Offensively, Pierce — who scored a career-best 15 points at California Baptist (Dec. 2) — has three double-digit games this season and ranks fourth on the Cal Poly roster with 7.0 points per night.

LOOKING AHEAD: Cal Poly will play five of its next six games away from the Mott Athletics Center, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18 at CSU Bakersfield. After a home game on Saturday, January 22 against Hawai’i, the Mustangs open a four-game road trip to UC San Diego on Thursday, January 27.

ETC.: Since transitioning to the Division I level prior to the 1994-95 season, Cal Poly improved to 44-1 against non-Division I programs with an 86-53 home win over NAIA Westcliff (November 9)… a 75-72 overtime loss to Nicholls State (Nov. 22) marked Cal Poly’s first-ever meeting against the Colonels… sophomore forward Kyle Colvin was named to the SoCal Challenge All-Tournament Team (Nov. 24) after averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as Cal Poly finished third…Cal Poly won third place in the of the inaugural SoCal Challenge (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) with a 67-63 win over Idaho (Nov. 24) … Cal Poly’s 61-58 win at Portland State marked the program’s first road victory since a triumph 71-45 at UC Riverside on Jan. 31, 2019 … Cal Poly’s nine-game road trip (Nov. 19-Jan. 8) was the longest program since playing 12 straight away games at the during the 1970-71 season (Dec. 12-Jan. 22). Cal Poly also played nine consecutive road games to open the 1968-69 season… Cal Poly’s 22-day gap between games Dec. 17-Jan. 8 was the fifth-longest streak of any Division I program this year… Cal Poly’s 59-day gap between a Nov. 15 game against Sacramento State and a Jan. 13 game against UC Riverside was — 19 days longer than Northwestern State — longest streak between home games of any Division I program this season… Cal Poly’s 57-46 home loss to UC Riverside marked the program’s 800th Division I game (1994-95-).

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