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November 16, 2011

Cal Poly Men's Basketball Falls to Cal State Bakersfield, 60-58

POSTGAME VIDEO REACTION: JOE CALLERO | WILL TAYLOR | AMAURYS FERMIN

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Junior guard Tyrone White hit a three-pointer from the left corner of the key with 10.3 seconds remaining to lift Cal State Bakersfield to a 60-58 victory over Cal Poly in a non-conference men's basketball game Wednesday night inside Mott Gym.

Cal Poly, which overcame an 11-point first-half deficit and led by as many as six points in the second half, was outscored 8-0 over the final four minutes of the game.

The decision left both teams with 1-1 records.

Junior guards Isaiah Grayson and Stephon Carter each scored 12 points to lead the visiting Roadunners, who made 51 percent of their floor shots (25 of 49).

Cal Poly, which also made 25 of its 49 floor shots, was led in scoring by senior forward Will Taylor with a career-high 16 points and senior point guard Amaurys Fermin with 14.

Taylor made eight of his nine floor shots en route to game-high scoring honors.

Cal State Bakersfield outrebounded Cal Poly 27-24, led by senior forward Rashad Savage with eight. Senior center Will Donahue grabbed six boards for Cal Poly.

Cal State Bakersfield went on a 14-0 run over a seven-minute span to turn a 10-6 deficit into a 20-10 advantage. Grayson capped the spurt with a jumper with 11:49 remaining in the first half.

The Roadrunners led by as many as 11 points on five occasions later in the half. Cal Poly scored the final seven points of the half and trailed 34-30 at the break.

Junior guard Dylan Royer hit a three-pointer with 9:41 to play as Cal Poly regained the lead at 46-43 and the Mustangs built six-point leads on three occasions over the next six minutes. A dunk by Taylor capped a 7-0 run as Cal Poly led 54-48 with 6:35 to play.

A layup by Donahue gave Cal Poly a 58-52 advantage with 3:57 to play, but Cal State Bakersfield scored the final eight points of the game to win going away.

Carter hit a layup with 3:24 to play, White nailed a three-pointer with 2:56 to go and White drained the game-winner, a 22-footer with 10.3 seconds remaining.

After a Cal Poly timeout, Fermin missed a driving layup with a second to go.

Sophomore guard Jamal Johnson produced a career-high seven assists for Cal Poly, which returns to action Saturday at Southern California. Tipoff in the Galen Center is set for 1 p.m.