SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Saturday’s regular season finale gave UC Santa Barbara one final chance to carry some momentum into next week’s Big West Tournament.
Meanwhile, it gave Cal Poly’s Joe Callero one last game as the program’s head coach.
The Gauchos held off the Mustangs 92-82 at the Mott Athletics Center Saturday night as both teams closed out the regular season.
UC Riverside’s win earlier Saturday guaranteed a last-place finish for the Mustangs in the Big West, keeping them out of the conference tournament.
Cal Poly (6-23, 2-14) announced this week that Callero will not return as head coach next season.
“This has been a dream,” a grateful Callero said after the game. “It’s been a dream ride. It’s been a dream place. This was home for 10 years.”
Callero said he plans to spend next year away from coaching, joking that he may even run for president in 2020.
“Downsize life, take a full year to do some vounteer work with kids that don’t have the money to go to camps and clinics,” Callero said.
Seniors Donovan Fields Marcellus Garrick combined for 41 points for Poly, which lost its final four games of the season and managed only two league wins.
Freshman big man Amadou Sow led UCSB (21-9, 10-6) with 23 points, shooting a perfect 9-9 on the night. Max Heidegger added 16 points and Ar’Mond Davis had 13 points and 17 rebounds.
Saturday’s win gave UCSB a 2-0 record in the Blue-Green rivalry this season and the second seed in the Big West Tournament. The Gauchos will play Cal State Northridge at noon on Thursday at the Honda Center in Anaheim.