UC Riverside 70, Cal Poly-SLO 66
Kareem Nitoto’s three-point play with 14.7 seconds remaining in
overtime lifted seventh-seeded UC Riverside to a 70-66 victory over
No. 2 seed Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in the first round of the Big
West tournament on Thursday night.
Nitoto, who led all scorers with 23 points, made a layup and was
fouled on the basket. He converted the free throw to give the
Highlanders (12-18) a 68-66 lead.
The Highlanders (12-18) used a 14-0 run to take the lead in the
first half but had to overcome the hot shooting of Shawn Lewis and
David Hanson in the second. Lewis and Hanson each average 15.1
points per game for the Mustangs (15-15) but were held to a
collective six points in the first half.
Lewis scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the second half.
Hanson finished with 16, after netting four points in the opening
Cal Poly also improved in its outside shooting. The Mustangs
were 1 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half but went 12 for 27
after the intermission.