Cal Poly opens a two-game road trip Thursday in San Francisco



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s men’s basketball program begins its first regular season road trip when it visits the 2022 NCAA Tournament Qualifying Tournament in San Francisco on Thursday, Nov. 10. (1-0), who completes his two-game run at Stanford (Friday, November 18). Returning five starters, nine winners and 80.5% of its score from a year ago and welcoming four Division I transfers this offseason, Cal Poly opened the year at home on Monday, Nov. 7, inflicting on the ‘Bethesda University a 94-59 loss. Seeded No. 10 as an overall selection for the 2022 NCAA Tournament — the program’s first in 24 years — San Francisco fell in the first round to Murray State, 92-87. The Dons began their season Nov. 7, beating Texas Southern to start a three-game home run, 90-77.

FOLLOW CAL POLY MONDAY: Zachary Anderson-Yoxsimer handles play-by-play for ESPN 1280 (San Luis Obispo County) and for Thursday’s game in San Francisco HERE …live video and stats will also be available through HERE.

CAL POLY VS SAN FRANCISCO: Cal Poly’s latest visit to San Francisco — a 78-71 triumph on Dec. 15, 2014 — marks the program’s only road win over the Dons in five previous visits all-time. San Francisco, which earned an 88-60 win in the last game — a Dec. 4, 2020, meeting at San Luis Obispo — leads the all-time series, 6-3.

KOROMA REMAINS CAL POLY’S OFFENSIVE CATALYST: One of Cal Poly’s top two scorers for a third straight season, forward Alimamy Koroma opened his senior year with 15 points and seven rebounds against Bethesda (Nov. 7). With 37 career double-digit scoring games, Koroma is averaging 10.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 50.5 (306 for 606) percent through 77 college outings and 49 starts. He needs 182 more points to become the 25th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. Koroma also ranks eighth in program history with 60 career blocks.

THE SMITHS: With the addition of Jamal Smith – son of fourth year head coach John Smith – as Director of Operations, Cal Poly is one of only two Division I programs with this family distinction. Louisiana Monroe, along with head coach Keith Richard and operations manager Luke, remains the other.

LOOKING AHEAD (FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18): After an eight-day hiatus, Cal Poly wraps up its first road trip of the season to Stanford on Friday, November 18. Tipping time from the Maples Pavilion is 7:30 p.m. with action airing on Pac-12 Networks. Stanford, hosting Cal Poly for the first time in five years, opened its season with an 88-78 home win over Pacific. The cardinal will then travel to Wisconsin (Friday, November 11) before hosting the 19th state of San Diego (Tuesday, November 15).

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 has improved to 45-1 against non-Division I programs with a 94-59 home win over NCCAA Bethesda University (November 7).


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