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Sophomore wing David Nwaba scored a game-high 17 points in a 61-58 loss to UC Riverside on Saturday night.

Mustang News Staff Report

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The Cal Poly men’s basketball team surrendered a 10-0 run to close the game as the Mustangs lost 61-58 on the road to UC Riverside on Saturday night.

Cal Poly (8-11, 4-2 Big West) led 58-51 with 3:39 left in the contest, but couldn’t score the rest of the way to open up the Highlanders’ comeback opportunity.

Senior guard Jamal Johnson’s jumper with six seconds left didn’t fall. Junior guard Maliik Love fouled on the ensuing rebound, giving UC Riverside a chance to seal the game with two free throws, which the Highlanders’ Sam Finley knocked down to secure the final scoreline.

Sophomore wing David Nwaba finished with a game-high 17 points, while senior forward Chris Eversley chipped in with 13.

The Mustangs shot 38.6 percent from the field, including 3 of 17 from 3-point range. UC Riverside (7-13, 2-4) shot 42.5 percent and hit 5 of 11 shots from downtown.

Senior guard Kyle Odister, who leads the team with 38 3-pointers, did not play due to a foot injury suffered this past week.

The Mustangs return home for matchups with UC Davis on Thursday and UC Irvine on Saturday. The game against the Anteaters will be televised live on ESPNU.

Stephan Teodosescu contributed to this report.

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