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Cal Poly Edged at Sacramento State, 71-67

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior forward David Hanson registered a team-best 23 points and sophomore guard Chris O'Brien totaled a collegiate-best 12, but the Cal Poly men's basketball team yielded a 59.5 percent field goal figure to Sacramento State on Saturday evening and dropped a 71-67 decision at the Nest.

Senior guard Shawn Lewis scored 14 points and junior center Will Donahue added his fourth 10-rebound game of the 2010-11 campaign for Cal Poly (2-3), which sank eight of its season-high 10 three-pointers during the first half and committed a season-low 12 turnovers. During a game in which neither program led by more than five points, however, Cal Poly also allowed a 61.1 percent three-point mark against the Hornets (2-3).

A pair of three-pointers from Hanson and one from O'Brien provided Cal Poly its first lead of the night at 11-9, six minutes into action. Sacramento State converted four of its initial five attempts from the floor and finished the opening half with a 59.1 percent field goal figure, but the Mustangs proved similarly adept from three-point range.

Hanson (above) accounted for 14 of Cal Poly's initial 19 points after sinking two additional three-pointers and the Mustangs, who hadn't nailed more than five in any previous game this season, finished the opening 20 minutes 8-for-18 from long range. A three-pointer from junior forward Jordan Lewis four-and-half minutes before intermission provided Cal Poly its largest lead of the night at 25-20. Sacramento State, however, finished the opening half on 10-4 run, capping the spurt with a last-second three-pointer from the corner by senior guard Sultan Toles-Bey.

The Hornets opened the second half with a quick 8-4 run to earn a 38-33 lead. Shawn Lewis, who scored all 14 of his points during the second half, answered with a layup and a pair of free throws and the Mustangs scored eight of the ensuing 11 points to grab a 45-41 advantage with 13 minutes remaining.

A layup by Sacramento State senior forward Duro Bjegovic two minutes later, however, leveled the matchup, 48-48, and one of Toles-Bey's four second-half three-pointers during the ensuing possession provided the Hornets the lead for the remainder of the night.

Trailing with 13 seconds to play, 69-65, Cal Poly's bench watched as Donahue lobbed an inbound pass to Lewis, who directed a dunk through the rim to cut the Mustang deficit to two points. Sacramento State freshman guard Jackson Carbajal, however, converted a pair of free throws at the other end of the court and O'Brien missed back-to-back three-pointers during the waning seconds.

The Big West's top rebounding team, Cal Poly outboarded an opponent for the fourth time in five games this season (29-25).

Cal Poly returns to the central coast to host Hawai'i on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. inside Mott Gym. The contest serves as the return trip of last year's BracketBuster matchup, won by the Mustangs in Honolulu on Feb. 20, 102-89.