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Cal Poly wins Big West and gets to play on — and, it appears, play in
Cal Poly wins Big West and gets to play on — and, it appears, play in

The seventh-seeded team got shot to seventh heaven Saturday night when Cal Poly defeated Cal State Northridge, 61-59, to win the Big West tournament championship at Honda Center. The Mustangs (13-19) lost nine of their last 11 regular-season games before winning three straight in Anaheim to earn the school's first NCAA tournament bid. In three days, Cal Poly defeated No. 2 UC Santa Barbara, No. 1 UC Irvine and No. 5 Northridge to become the lowest-seeded Big West team to win the conference tournament. Freshman guard Ridge Shipley was the hero as he sank the game-winning three-pointer with 13 seconds left. Northridge thought it had taken the lead back with 4.6 seconds left, but...

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