Mar 21, 2014 8:15 PM by Bill Halter
Cal Poly's first ever run to the NCAA Basketball Tournament ended with a 64-37 loss to top seeded Wichita State on Friday. The Mustangs end the season with a 14-21 record while the Shockers improve the nation's best record to 35-0. Cal Poly won the first postseason game in program history on Wednesday, beating Texas Southern in the first round, 81-69.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a Chris Eversley three pointer but the Shockers responded with a three on the other end and never trailed again. A 30-5 run was capped off with 5:03 to go in the first half on an alley-oop dunk by senior forward Cleanthony Early. Early had 19 of Wichita State's 30 points during the run.
Cal Poly made just 4 of 29 (14-percent) shots in the first half and trailed 32-13 at the break.
The Mustangs never got closer than 17 points in the second half and with 4:05 to play, Wichita State was up 60-30. The 27 point loss is Cal Poly's worst of the season.
Early led all scorers with 23 points, the 6'8" NBA prospect added 7 rebounds.
Junior Malik Love led Cal Poly with 9 points. The backup point guard was the only Mustang to shoot better than 25 percent in the game, Love made 4 of 6 shots. As a team, Cal Poly shot 21 percent (12-58) from the floor including just 18 percent (5-28) from three point range.
Cal Poly made 8 of 18 (44 percent) free throws but only turned the ball over 6 times.
Wichita State advances to play the winner of Friday nights Kentucky-Kansas State game in the round of 32 on Sunday.
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