The UC Riverside men’s basketball team trailed by one point at halftime, but the Highlanders caught fire during the second half and rolled to an 86-51 road win over Cal Poly in a Big West Conference game Friday night.
UCR (5-3, 2-1 in the Big West) outscored Cal Poly 50-14 after the break. The Highlanders sank 10 of 17 shots from 3-point range during the second half.
“I’m always in awe by the attack that our guys approach our road games with,” UCR coach Mike Magpayo said in a news release. “The team stayed very poised and made some adjustments out there that stifled Cal Poly in the second half.”
Wil Tattersall led the second-half surge for the Highlanders, scoring a career-high 19 points off the bench. Tattersall knocked down 5 of 7 shots from behind the arc.
Cal Poly (2-7, 0-3) had a 37-36 lead at halftime, but the Mustangs shot a miserable 4 of 31 from the field the rest of the way. Angus McWilliam scored a pair of baskets to kickstart the 13-0 run that allowed UCR to pull in front early in the second half.
The 86 points marked a season high for the Highlanders, and four others joined Tattersall in double figures. Arinze Chidom finished up with 14 points, Zyon Pullin and Flynn Cameron both scored 13 points and Jock Perry added 11 more.
Alimamy Koroma finished with 15 points to lead the way for Cal Poly, but the Highlanders held the sophomore forward to four points in the second half.
UCR will take on Cal Poly again Saturday at 4 p.m. PST in San Luis Obispo.
CAL BAPTIST MEN PICK UP FIRST WAC WIN
Gorjok Gak registered season highs with 18 points and 17 rebounds as the Cal Baptist men’s basketball team defeated visiting Tarleton State 83-74 on Friday for its first Western Athletic Conference win of the season.
Gak, a 6-foot-11 senior center from Sydney, Australia, made 7 of 10 shots from the field and also finished with four assists.
Tre Armstrong matched Gak with by scoring points and also added seven rebounds. Ty Rowell finished with 17 points and five assists, while Elijah Thomas added 11 points and five rebounds for the Lancers (4-4, 1-2 in the WAC).
“Well, I just thought we were really locked in on what we needed to do in a number of different areas,” CBU coach Rick Croy said in a news release. “…We took care of the ball. We also shared the ball to get each other baskets. That was huge.”
Shakur Daniel scored 13 points to lead Tarleton State (2-5, 0-3)
The teams face off again Saturday at 6 p.m. PST at the CBU Events Center in Riverside.
CAL BAPTIST WOMEN REMAIN UNBEATEN
Britney Thomas and Caitlyn Harper each recorded a double double Friday, as the Cal Baptist women’s basketball team remained undefeated following a 70-60 road win over Tarleton State in Western Athletic Conference play.
Thomas scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds before fouling out with 1:52 remaining in the game. Harper came off the bench and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Wu and Nicole Avila-Ambrosi each scored 11 points for the Lancers (11-0, 3-0 in the WAC).
Cal Baptist trailed 18-15 after the opening quarter and led by only one point at halftime. The Lancers outscored Tarleton State 17-8 during the second half to build a double-digit lead.
Iyana Dorsey and Marissa Escamilla scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, to lead Tarleton State (3-7, 0-1).
The teams play again Saturday at 1 p.m. PST in Stephenville, Texas.