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Montana State Runs Past Cal Poly, 73-57

Montana State Runs Past Cal Poly, 73-57

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Junior forward David Hanson scored a team-high 15 points and senior guard Shawn Lewis added 13, but the Cal Poly men's basketball team failed to overcome an early second-half run by Montana State on Sunday evening at Worthington Arena and ultimately dropped a 73-57 decision against the Bobcats.

Junior center Will Donahue added his third-consecutive double-digit rebound game with 10 boards for Cal Poly (1-2), which suffered its first road defeat of the 2010-11 campaign after committing 22 turnovers and yielding a 65.2 percent second-half shooting performance to Montana State (4-1).

Hanson recorded nine of Cal Poly's initial 13 points but, despite the boost, the Mustangs' early lead quickly eroded in part to 12 first-half turnovers and the sharpshooting of Bobcat senior forward Bobby Howard, who finished the opening 20 minutes 4-for-5 from the floor.

Following last season's taut encounter – won by Montana State in Mott Gym, 76-72 – neither team led by more than three points during a 12-minute block in the first half until a 5-0 Bobcat run – keyed by a Howard layup – escalated Montana State's lead to 26-21, 97 seconds prior to halftime. However, Lewis followed a layup by freshman guard Maliik Love with a thunderous dunk and the Mustangs entered intermission trailing, 26-25.

Highlighted by Hanson (above) and Lewis three-pointers, Cal Poly opened the second half with an 8-0 run to negate the five points Montana State registered inside the opening 66 seconds. However, a three-pointer by Bobcat senior Danny Piepoli – the first of two the forward knocked down in quick succession – set Montana State on a 14-2 run during a three-and-a-half minute span.

Donahue eventually stemmed the Bobcat tide with one of his three free throws and the Mustangs followed with back-to-back layups from Jordan and Shawn Lewis to close the Montana State advantage to 47-40 with 10 minutes, 13 seconds to play. However, Cal Poly – which shot a season-best 44.4 percent from three-point range – was unable to close the seven-point gap.

Shawn Lewis added nine rebounds for Cal Poly, which returns to the central coast to host Loyola Marymount on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. inside Mott Gym.