Cal Poly wins first NCAA Tournament Game
March 20, 2014
The Cal Poly men’s basketball team won its first ever NCAA Tournament Game at the Division 1 level Wednesday, defeating Texas Southern 81-69.
Due to Cal Poly’s less-than-stellar 13-19 record entering the tournament, the Mustangs had to take part in the First Four round, which is essentially comprised of play-in games. Cal Poly’s victory earned the team a 16-seed in the field of 64 and an opportunity to play undefeated Wichita State Friday.
The Mustangs led Texas Southern most of the way Wednesday, sustaining a double-digit lead for most of the game. Cal Poly won by twelve points despite allowing Texas Southern star Aaric Murray to score 38 points.
Senior forward Chris Eversley led Cal Poly with 19 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore swingman David Nwaba added 17 points.
Wednesday’s game took place in Dayton Ohio. After the game, the team boarded a flight to Saint Louis, where Wichita State awaits.
The Mustangs, now 14-19, sport the worst record in the tournament, while Wichita State (34-0) stakes claim to the best.
Friday’s game will tip off at 4:10 p.m. PT. CBS will broadcast the matchup between 16th-seeded Cal Poly and top-seeded Wichita State.
A 16-seed has never beaten a 1-seed in the history of the NCAA Tournament.