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Mustangs Stifle UC Davis in 48-43 Triumph

Mustangs Stifle UC Davis in 48-43 Triumph

DAVIS, Calif. – Senior guard Shawn Lewis registered a team-high 11 points and helped the Cal Poly men's basketball team preserve victory by forcing a UC Davis turnover with 12 seconds to play and junior center Will Donahue recorded 10 points and a game-best 12 rebounds on Saturday evening as the Mustangs triumphed at UC Davis, 48-43.

Freshman guard Maliik Love added nine points for Cal Poly (6-8, 2-1), which won its third-successive road contest after holding UC Davis (6-10, 1-3) to a 16.7 (3-for-18) percent performance from three-point range and a 31.4 (16-for-51) percent showing from the floor at The Pavilion.

Having led for a majority of the second half, Cal Poly found itself up by six points with three minutes to play. On the strength of two field goals by junior guard Eddie Miller and a layup from senior guard Joe Harden, the Aggies sliced the Mustang advantage to 45-43 with 36 seconds remaining.

Lewis, who became the 16th Mustang in program history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier during Cal Poly's 43-39 victory at Pacific on Jan. 6, drained one of two free throw attempts on the ensuing possession before picking off a Harden pass at the other end of the court. Junior guard Matt Titchenal then sank two free throws to ice the game in favor of the Mustangs.

The Aggies, held to their lowest point total of the season, leaped out to a 7-3 lead to open the affair before Cal Poly erased the deficit with a 7-0 run that was capped by a Love three-pointer. The Mustangs, who harassed UC Davis into 16 turnovers, eventually led at the break, 25-24, and trailed just once during the second half.

Cal Poly junior forward Jordan Lewis, making his second-consecutive start, produced a game-high four assists and grabbed seven rebounds.

The Mustangs return to the central coast to host Cal State Fullerton inside Mott Gym at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13.