The Cal Poly men’s basketball team suffered a second consecutive loss to UC Davis on Saturday, losing by a final score of 66-52.
The Mustangs (8-12, 2-5 Big West Conference) trailed the Aggies (9-11, 4-3 BWC) for the entire game, never even tying after the first basket.
The first half ended with the Mustangs trailing by two, 30-28. It looked like there would be a glimpse of hope for the Mustangs in the second half.
But that wasn’t quite the case.
The Mustangs came within two points of the Aggies once again with less than 14 minutes left in the game, when the score was 37-35. However, the Mustangs got comeback was stranded soon after a three-pointer and two jump shots by the Aggies’ Brynton Lemar and Neal Monson. Monson led all scorers with 20 points on 9-14 shooting.
The Mustangs brought the gap to four points with seven minutes left in the game, but the deficit didn’t shrink any more than that.
Senior guard David Nwaba led the Mustangs with 15 points and six rebounds. Nwaba raised his team-leading scoring average to just over 12 points per game.
The Mustangs finished with a 43 percent field goal percentage and a three-point field goal percentage of less than 28 percent. Cal Poly also had 11 turnovers in Saturday’s game.
Cal Poly comes home to face UC Irvine at 7 p.m. on Feb. 3.