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Sophomore wing David Nwaba scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a loss at UC Irvine on Saturday night.

Mustang News Staff Report

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Despite a career-high 20 points from sophomore wing David Nwaba, the Cal Poly men’s basketball team couldn’t rally against UC Irvine as the Mustangs dropped a 55-48 decision to the Big West leaders on Saturday night.

Sophomore forward Brian Bennett’s layup with 8:40 to go in the game gave the Mustangs a 3-point lead, but UC Irvine went on an 8-0 run from there to close out the game.

Nwaba scored 12 of his team’s 16 first-half points and grabbed nine rebounds in that first frame. He finished with a team-leading 13 boards on the night.

Senior forward Chris Eversley added 10 points and six rebounds, while Bennett scored eight points.

With the loss, the Mustangs (10-18, 6-9 Big West) dropped to sixth place alongside Cal State Northridge in the conference standings. Cal Poly will close the regular season at home against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.

Stephan Teodosescu contributed to this report.

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