Mississippi Valley State (1-4) vs. Cal Poly (3-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 26th, 5:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Orleans Arena (9,500) -- Las Vegas, Nevada. Television: . Home Record: MVSU 0-0, Cal Poly 1-1. Away Record: MSVU 0-4, Cal Poly 1-1. Neutral Record: MSVU 1-0, Cal Poly 1-0. Conference Record: MSVU 0-0, Cal Poly 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils and Cal Poly Mustangs will take to the court at Orleans Arena this evening in the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational.
The Delta Devils got their first taste of victory with Friday's 90-89 double- overtime win against Tennessee State. MSVU had opened the season with four straight losses.
The Mustangs moved one game over .500 with their own one-point victory on Friday, topping Morgan State in this event, 62-61. Prior to this game, Cal Poly had dropped a 75-52 decision at UNLV.
This is the first time these two teams have met.
Cor-J Cox connected on two foul shots with a minute remaining in the second overtime to propel Mississippi Valley State to one-point victory over the Tennessee State Tigers. Cox finished with 18 points for MVSU, while Paul Crosby led the way with 22 points. Terrence Joyner helped out with 19 points, and Kevin Burwell tallied 14 points. Sean Wood's team came into this event shooting a modest 40.7 percent from the floor and 30.9 percent from three point range. The Delta Devils were allowing their opponents to score 80.5 points per game, a number that won't go down with the effort on Friday.
David Hanson led the way with 17 points as Cal Poly held on to defeat Morgan State 62-61 in the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena. Will Taylor and Amaurys Fermin both scored 12 points to help the Mustangs (3-2) to the win. The Mustangs haven't exactly lit up scoreboards this season, coming into this game averaging just 58.6 ppg. The team has remained competitive due to solid defense (allowing just 56.8 ppg) and strong rebounding (+5.2 rebounding margin). Fermin leads the team in scoring at 10.8 ppg. Taylor is next at 10.4 ppg and is the team's top rebounder (7.0 rpg). Hanson rounds out the top scoring threats at 10.2 ppg.
The Delta Devils have finally put one in the win column, but Cal Poly is tough on defense and should be able to hand MVSU a stinging defeat today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal Poly 63, Mississippi Valley State 59
11/26 10:47:02 ET