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Jan 8, 2013 10:46 PM by Andrew Masuda

Smaller lineup down the stretch paying off for Mustangs

The Cal Poly men's basketball team is off to its first 3-0 start in Big West play in sixteen years thanks in part to a different brand of basketball.

Lately, head coach Joe Callero has been turning to a smaller line-up down the stretch with four guards on the court at a time. 6-7 forward Chris Eversley has been playing at center and 6-4 guard Chris O'Brien has been acting as the team's power forward.

Guards Dylan Royer, Kyle Odister, Jamal Johnson and Reese Morgan have logged a majority of the minutes at the other three spots for the Mustangs. Going with the ball-handlers, who can hit free throws, is paying off in conference for the Mustangs.

"Any one of the five can handle the ball and bring the ball up the court. So we've done that the last three games in the last three minutes with our best ball-handling and our quickest rebounding team," said coach Callero.

"Our style of play has always just been grind it out, the slower tempo. But recently we've been keeping more shooters in the game at one time," added Eversley. "That's kind of upped our offense a little bit more so as the season. So as the season goes on we're trying to make a transition and kind of play around with how we score the ball and how well we play defense."

The Mustangs head north this week to take on 0-2 UC Davis on Thursday and 1-1 Pacific on Saturday. The Mustangs and Hawaii are the only two undefeated teams left in the ten team Big West Conference.

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