Big West Roundup: Thursday’s scores

By Dan Gudino

USC 101, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 82

Right from the start the three’s kept coming down on Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, it trailed and never was in the game against Southern California.

USC opened with the lead and kept it through the entire game. Junior guard Katin Reinhardt of USC dropped seven 3-pointers (7/9 3PM-A) on his game-high 29 points.

Reinhardt hit 9 of 12 of his shots in his second start of the season, proving he now belongs in the starting lineup.

For Big West representative Cal Poly, it was was the most points allowed in the season since its last game against Saint Mary’s, where it allowed 93.

The leading scorer for Cal Poly was senior guard David Nwaba with 15 points. There were five other Mustangs in double figures.

There were sparks of a turnaround in the game when Cal Poly kept their defense on its toes with 11 steals in the game, but the USC hot shooting made the difference where it is undefeated in front of the home crowd.

The Mustangs are in its toughest stretch of the season, in the second game of a six-game road trip. Possibly helping the Mustangs on the road trip is Minnesota transfer freshman forward Josh Martin who became eligible in the game against USC.

Over the last two games Cal Poly has lost by a combined 49 points.

Cal Poly will be flying back and forth from San Luis Obispo to Texas. Three games against Texas schools with the next 12 days.

The Mustangs face Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (7-3) on Sunday at noon PT.

Cal-State Northridge 77, Portland State 71

Give credit to the Cal-State Northridge star of the game, freshman guard Micheal (Michael) Warren who scored eight of his 15 points in the final eight minutes of the game.

Warren pushed the Matadors to snap its five-game losing streak, Portland now on a four-game losing streak.

Warren got help from many through the game, three other players scored 13 or more points.

The big difference was in the rebound game, where the front court grabbed a total of 40 rebounds to the Portland 29.

Tre Hale-Edmerson and Tavrion Dawson both scored 14 points and Kendall Smithscored 13 points off the bench.

Next for the Matadors is Bethesda Univ. of Cal (1-8) on Sunday at 5 p.m. PT.

Big West: Dec. 2

(Photo: Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports)

By Dan Gudino

It’s as if Long Beach State cannot catch a break. State has lost six of the last eight games. Junior guard Jeff Raines tipped in a Jeremy Major miss with 3 seconds left to give Pepperdine a 77-75 win over Long Beach State Dec. 9.

Big senior forward Stacy Davis gave Pepperdine a four-point lead, 75-71 with 45 seconds left by draining the first of two free throws. But Nick Faust answered for the 49ers by getting to the basket for a layup and then a dunk then scored with 19 seconds left to tie.

Sophomore guard Justin Bibbins missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer that would have given Long Beach State the win.

Junior guard Lamond Murray Jr. scored 18 points and Raines added 16 as Pepperdine (5-4) won its third straight game to go over .500 for the first time this season. The Waves shot 31 of 60 from the field (51.7 percent), including 9 of 20 from distance.

Faust led the 49ers (5-6) with 14 points.