IRVINE — It wasn't the box score, so much as the roster that UC Irvine men's basketball coach Russell Turner used to sum up his team's 66-50 Big West Conference loss to visiting Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Thursday.
"The one thing I take from this is that we need to get stronger," said Turner, whose team (6-11, 3-2 in conference) was hurt most by Cal Poly big men Will Taylor (16 points), David Hanson (16 points and 12 rebounds and four assists) and Chris Eversley (11 points and eight boards).
"You look at the strength of Cal Poly and it got tonight what has been its winning formula," Turner said. "[The Mustangs (11-6, 2-1) got Hanson and Taylor, and Eversley off the bench. All those guys are fours and fives for them, inside players, and that was the story of the game. I think their interior players outplayed our interior players by a fair amount."