Chris Eversley scored 19 points to help the Cal Poly men’s basketball team avoid its 20th loss of the season and win its first NCAA Tournament game, an 81-69 victory over Texas Southern, on Wednesday night in the First Four.
The Mustangs (14-19) were 0-3 and 4-9 this season, before losing nine of 11 heading into the Big West Conference tournament — which they won to earn the program’s first NCAA bid.
The team with the worst record in the tournament now moves on to face the one with the best — top-seeded Wichita State (34-0) — in the second round in St. Louis on Friday.
There have been 23 teams with losing records in the NCAA Tournament since 1955. Only three teams had won in the opening round.
Aaric Murray closed out his career with 38 points for Texas Southern (19-15).