Mar 20, 2013 11:47 PM by Andrew Masuda
Weber State scored the first eight points of the game and never looked back. Weber State routed the Cal Poly men's basketball team 85-43 in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Wednesday night in Ogden, Utah. The Wildcats handed the Mustangs their worst loss since Cal Poly fell 90-42 at Wisconsin on December 16, 2009.
The Wildcats, who entered with the most wins in the 32 team CIT field, improved to 27-6 and advanced to the second round. Cal Poly's season ended with an 18-14 overall mark after making the program's first-ever postseason appearance since turning Division I in 1994.
Cal Poly shot just 30 percent from the floor on 17 for 56 shooting. The Mustangs made just 3 of their 14 shots from 3-point range. Morro Bay High graduate Dylan Royer and center Zach Gordon led the Mustangs with 8 points apiece. Royer was 2 for 3 from 3-point range, while all of Gordon's points came in the first half. Jamal Johnson added 7 points and Chris Eversley added 6 points on 3 for 9 shooting with a team-best 5 rebounds.
Weber State shot 68 percent in the first half to build a commanding lead. Scott Bamforth hit a 3-pointer to close out the first half to give the Wildcats a 45-18 lead. The host Wildcats finished the game shooting 60 percent overall and made 10 of 22 three-points shots, a 44 percent clip.
Bamforth finished with a game-high 23 points. The 6-2 senior guard was 8 for 10 from the floor, including 7 for 9 from beyond the arc. 6-10 center Kyle Tresnak was 10 for 11 from the floor and finished with 20 points. Davion Berry added 12 points and Joel Bolomboy added 10.
Cal Poly seniors Chris O'Brien, Drake U'u and Royer played their final collegiate games. O'Brien scored 4 points and U'u had 1 points and 3 assists.
It was still a memorable fourth season under head coach Joe Callero and in some ways the most historic since the program turned D-I. The Mustangs finished third in the Big West at 12-6 and set a program record for Big West victories and winning percentage. They also went 13-1 at home inside the Mott Athletics Center to set a Division I program record for home victories, fewest home losses and home winning percentage (.929). Cal Poly has won 14 straight home games against conference opponents, a streak that dates back to the 2011-12 season.
The season also included the 70-68 victory at 11th ranked UCLA on November 25 where the Mustangs overcame an 18 point deficit with 12 minutes to play. It marked the program's first victory against a nationally ranked Division I opponent and handed UCLA its first loss at the New Pauley Pavilion.
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