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Jan 24, 2013 12:34 PM by Andrew Masuda

Cal Poly basketball looks to end slide at home against Hawaii

The Cal Poly men's basketball team is hoping that home is where the wins are. The Mustangs open a two game homestand Thursday night against Hawaii in a Big West Conference battle. Tip off is at 7 pm.

The Mustangs have lost three in a row, all on the road, including a heartbreaking 83-81 loss in double overtime at UCSB on Saturday. Redshirt freshman Reese Morgan poured in seven 3-pointers for a career-high 26 points in the loss to the Gauchos.

Hawaii has also struggled lately dropping three of its last four games. At one point, the Warriors and Mustangs were the only undefeated teams left in the Big West at 3-0. Now, Cal Poly is 3-3 in conference and tied for fifth and Hawaii is 4-3 and tied for third.

Mott Gym is a place where the Mustangs have thrived. Cal Poly is 5-1 at home this season, including four-straight victories. The Mustangs have also won seven-straight conference home games. Hawaii is 0-3 on the road this season.

The last time the two teams played was in December 2010 when Chris O'Brien hit a buzzer-beater to give Cal Poly a thrilling 54-53 victory in Mott Gym. Cal Poly has won the last two meetings and leads the all-time series 2-1.

Chris Eversley leads Cal Poly with 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Morro Bay High graduate Dylan Royer, a senior guard, averages 10.4 points per game. His 42.6 shooting percentage from 3-point range ranks 28th in the NCAA.

UH relies on its trio of big men. 6-8 forward Christian Standhardinger averages 14.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per games, while 6-10 center Vander Joaquim puts up 14.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest. Isaac Fotu, a 6-8 freshman forward, has averaged 10.1 points and 7 rebounds.

The Mustangs host last place Cal State Northridge on Saturday at 7pm.

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