Photos by Ian Billings

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The Cal Poly men’s basketball team dropped a 71-55 decision to rival UC Santa Barbara on senior night at Mott Athletics Center on Saturday night. The No. 7-seeded Mustangs will play the No. 2 Gauchos in Thursday’s quarterfinal round of the Big West Conference Tournament at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Seniors Jamal Johnson (24), Chris Eversley (33) and Kyle Odister (35) pose with family and friends before their final game at Mott Athletics Center on Saturday.

A sold-out Mott Athletics Center watches warmups before Cal Poly’s clash with UC Santa Barbara in the Blue-Green Rivalry.

Eversley leads the Mustangs’ pre-game ritual.

Sophomore wing David Nwaba drives on the Gauchos’ big men in the first half of an eventual 71-55 loss.

Sophomore forward Zach Gordon attempts to rebound.

Eversley attempts to split several Gaucho defenders.

Gordon and UC Santa Barbara junior center Alan Williams battle for position in the paint. Williams leads the Big West Conference, averaging 21.6 points per game.

Eversley thanks a Cal Poly fan following the loss to UC Santa Barbara on senior night.

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