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Hanson's Highlight Effort Lifts Cal Poly Past Cal State Bakersfield

Hanson's Highlight Effort Lifts Cal Poly Past Cal State Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Junior forward David Hanson recorded a career-high 29 points and senior guard Shawn Lewis added 20 – all during the final 10 minutes – as the Cal Poly men's basketball team dealt Cal State Bakersfield a 77-61 non-conference defeat inside Rabobank Arena on Saturday evening.

Freshman guard Maliik Love added 11 points and a career-high five assists for Cal Poly (9-11), which snapped a four-game slide against Cal State Bakersfield (9-12) by producing season highs for field goal (60.5) and three-point percentage (52.6). The Mustangs, who registered their first victory in Bakersfield in 17 Division I seasons, also received nine points and a game-high nine rebounds from junior center Will Donahue.

Hanson scored 14 of his 29 points during the first half, but, despite the spree, the Mustangs didn't take their first lead until a jumper by Donahue one-and-a-half minutes before the break delivered Cal Poly a 29-27 advantage. Hanson opened the second half by nailing a trio of three-pointers during the opening six minutes to help Cal Poly further its lead to 45-35.

Lewis, Cal Poly's second-leading scorer with 14.1 points per game, was held without a basket during the opening 30 minutes before registering nine-successive points during a two-minute span to help Cal Poly sustain its lead at 54-45 with eight minutes remaining.

Cal State Bakersfield, however, followed with an 8-4 run and, capped by one of freshman guard Alex Johnson's three three-pointers, the Roadrunners shortened Cal Poly's lead to 58-53 with five minutes to play. Not to be outdone, Hanson nailed his career-high sixth three-pointer of the night from the right corner on the ensuing possession and Lewis drove a wide-open lane moments later to reaffirm Cal Poly's cushion at eight points with four minutes remaining.

Cal State Bakersfield failed to claw any closer and Hanson cemented his career-high point total with a free throw 97 seconds from the final buzzer.

The Mustangs, who totaled a season high for points, limited Cal State Bakersfield to a 36.8 percent field goal mark.

Cal Poly resumes Big West action when opening a two-game homestand versus UC Davis at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3. The Mustangs, who play five of their ensuing six games inside Mott Gym, finish the homestand versus Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.