SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior forward T.J. Robinson scored 22 points as Long Beach State scored a 69-53 victory over Cal Poly in a Big West Conference men's basketball game Thursday night before 2,631 in Mott Gym.
Cal Poly senior guard Shawn Lewis scored a dunk off an assist from junior forward David Hanson with 2:10 to go in the first half, trimming Long Beach State's lead to 20-18.
But the 49ers scored the final nine points of the half for a 29-18 advantage at the break and completed a 23-2 run by scoring 14 of the first 16 points of the second half, building a 43-20 cushion with 15:28 to play.
Long Beach State (7-8, 2-0 Big West) led by as many as 24 points in the second half.
Cal Poly (4-8, 0-1 Big West), playing its first home game in 29 days, was paced by Hanson with 21 points -- the seventh time in 12 games he has been the Mustangs' scoring leader -- and freshman guard Jamal Johnson with a career-high 12 points off the bench.
Long Beach State hit 53 percent of its floor shots while holding Cal Poly to just 39 percent. The Mustangs missed all nine of their three-point attempts in the first half and were just 4-for-19 from three-point range. The 49ers connected on just two of 13 treys.
Long Beach State outrebounded Cal Poly 40-25, led by Robinson and junior forward Eugene Phelps, each with nine. Junior center Will Donahue grabbed 10 boards, his sixth double-digit board game, for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly did not make a field goal in the first five minutes of the second half as Long Beach State pulled away.
Lewis, who scored seven points for Cal Poly, needs 10 more to become the 15th Mustang to reach 1,000 career points.
Cal Poly resumes Big West play next week with games Thursday at Pacific and Saturday at UC Davis.