FULL GAME PREVIEW
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly men’s basketball program concludes a two-game home stand and the 2022 California Thanksgiving Jam when it welcomes Idaho to the Mott Athletics Center on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Tip time is 4:00 p.m. for Cal Poly (1-3), who have one after Sunday’s 73-68 setback against Mount St. Mary’s that nearly saw the Mustangs close a 15-point deficit in the second half Three-game sled could accept. Idaho (1-4) — defeated by Cal Poly in the third-place playoff of the SoCal Challenge last year — has also lost three straight games, most recently at home to Utah Tech, 81-71 (Nov. 19).
FOLLOW CAL POLY: Daniel Gillman provides play-by-play coverage of Wednesday’s matchup against Idaho for ESPN+ HERE … Zachary Anderson-Yoxsimer has the audio play-by-play call for ESPN 1280 (San Luis Obispo County) and GoPoly.com HERE … Live stats will also be available via GoPoly.com HERE.
CAL POLY VS IDAHO: Cal Poly, opponents of the Big West between the 1996-97 and 2004-05 seasons, slipped to Idaho with a 67-63 win in the third-place game of last year’s SoCal Challenge (Nov. 24) after four games. Previously, Idaho had defeated Cal Poly in the 2017 Great Alaska Shootout third-place game, 75-66. Idaho is visiting Cal Poly for the first time since February 5, 2005 and leads the all-time series 12-8.
KOROMA REMAINS CAL POLY’S OFFENSIVE CATALYST: One of Cal Poly’s top two scorers for the third straight season, Forward Alimamy Koroma opened his final year with consecutive 15-point attempts and ranks second among Big West Conference shooters with a 60.0 (18-30) percent field goal mark. With 39 career games in double digits, Koroma is averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while averaging 50.6 (318 to 628) percent in 80 collegiate games and 51 starts. He needs 150 more points to become just the 25th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. Koroma also ranks eighth in program history with 63 career blocks.
TAYLOR MADE RATING: After a 17-point performance against Mount St. Mary’s (Nov. 20), senior guard Trevon Taylor is now Cal Poly’s second-leading scorer at 11.3 points per game and completed a second career double-double with 10 rebounds against The Mount. As the only Mustang to start all four games this season, Taylor also leads Cal Poly and ranks ninth among Big West players with 6.8 rebounds per game.
WROUGHT: With the addition of Jamal Smith – Son of the head coach in the fourth year JohnSmith – As Operations Manager, Cal Poly is one of only three Division I programs with this family distinction. Louisiana Monroe features head coach Keith Richard and manager Luke, while North Florida features head coach Matthew Driscoll alongside manager and son Chase.
OUTLOOK (MONDAY 28 NOV): Cal Poly returns from the Thanksgiving break at another former Big West-Pacific opponent Monday, November 28 for the post-2012-13 West Coast Conference season.
ETC.: Cal Poly is in its 79th season as a four-year program and 29th at the Division I level…since transitioning to the Division I level prior to the 1994-95 season, Cal Poly improved to 45-1 against non-Division I Program with a 94-59 home win over NCCAA Bethesda University (Nov. 7)… Cal Poly’s 73-68 home setback against Mount St. Mary’s (Nov. 18) marked the program’s first-ever matchup against The Mount and only their fourth all-time game against a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent.