Giant Killers: Cal Poly stuns top-seeded UC Irvine 61-58 and advances to championship.
March 14, 2014
Mustang News (as News Editor)
Second Place, Sports Game Story
2014 Pinnacle Awards
College Media Association
Shot by shot, foul by foul and minute by minute, the game began to go the underdog’s way.
And when Luke Nelson's potential game-tying 3-pointer found only air, it was official. Cal Poly had stunned the top-seeded UC Irvine Anteaters and punched its first ticket to the Big West Tournament finals since 2007 with a 61-58 victory.
As UC Irvine’s improbably high shooting percentage dwindled, the Cal Poly men’s basketball team capitalized on every opportunity, never allowing the Anteaters to lead in the second half with key stops and clutch shots.
“The greatest part about the game was we answered the bell each time,” head coach Joe Callero said.
The Mustangs — now one victory away from an NCAA Tournament bid — had a solution for every obstacle in their way.