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Double-Double by Lewis Sparks Cal Poly to Win over Pacific

Double-Double by Lewis Sparks Cal Poly to Win over Pacific

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. Senior guard Shawn Lewis, who missed his first double-double of the season by two rebounds Thursday night, responded with a career-high 15 boards to go with 15 points as Cal Poly defeated Pacific 58-39 in a Big West Conference men's basketball game Saturday night before 2,021 in Mott Gym.

Junior forward David Hanson added 21 points his 16th double-digit scoring game of the season and eight boards as the Mustangs evened their overall record at 11-11 and improved to  6-4 for a share of second place with Cal State Northridge in the Big West with their second three-game winning streak of the year.

Pacific, led by Allen Huddleston's 13 points, fell to 13-10 and 5-5. The Tigers were held to the same point total in a 43-39 loss to Cal Poly on Jan. 6 in Stockton.

Cal Poly's 19-point margin of victory was its largest of the season.

Pacific scored the first seven points of the game, but a jumper by Hanson with 11:40 to play in the first half gave Cal Poly the lead for good at 13-11 and ignited an 8-0 Mustang run. Pacific scored the final six points of the half to trim the 19-11 deficit to 19-17 at the break.

Ahead 29-24 with 14:32 to play in the second half, Cal Poly went on an 11-0 run to build a 40-24 advantage and never looked back. A layup by Lewis capped the run with 10:44 to go and the Mustangs went on to lead by as many as 23 points.

Cal Poly made 55.6 percent of its floor shots in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 39-22, and settled for 44.4 efficiency for the game, despite sinking only five of 19 three-pointers.

Pacific was held to 34.2 percent shooting from the floor. After sinking 12 of 19 three-pointers in a 74-68 win over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, the Tigers made just three of 13 from long range against Cal Poly.

Cal Poly compiled a 39-26 advantage on the boards. Sam Willard grabbed nine boards for Pacific. The Mustangs also did well in the turnover department as their 10 were seven fewer than the Tigers.

Sophomore guard Chris O'Brien contributed four assists and three steals while reserve guard Jamal Johnson added three assists and four steals in 17 minutes.

For Lewis, his 15-point, 15-rebound effort was his first double-double since March 6, 2010, when he produced 26 points and 10 boards at home against UC Irvine. He has five career double-double games. Lewis notched 23 points and eight rebounds Thursday in a 65-56 win over UC Davis.

Lewis' 15 boards Saturday night are the most for a Mustang this season.

Cal Poly visits UC Irvine on Thursday night and returns home to host UC Riverside on Saturday night in Mott Gym. Both games begin at 7 p.m.