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Mustang Upset Bid Falls Short at No. 10/11 San Diego State

Mustang Upset Bid Falls Short at No. 10/11 San Diego State

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Senior guard Shawn Lewis registered a team-high 14 points and junior forward David Hanson compiled 12, but the Cal Poly men's basketball team – facing its highest-ranked opponent in program history – twice closed double-digit deficits, but saw an upset attempt of No. 10 San Diego State fall short during a 51-45 loss at Viejas Arena on Monday evening.

Trailing by seven points with one minute, 46 seconds remaining, Cal Poly (3-6) received a free throw from Lewis and two from Hanson to trim San Diego State's lead to 43-39 with 50 seconds to play. The Mustangs forced a turnover on the ensuing possession and freshman Jamal Johnson was fouled going down the lane for a layup. Cal Poly's guard hit one of his free throw attempts, but San Diego State guard D.J. Gay – 0-for-8 from three-point range during the game but 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final minute – buried both of his foul shots to extended San Diego State's lead to 45-40 with 38 seconds to play.

Mustang junior center Will Donahue followed with a lay-in at the other end of the court and Lewis buried a three-pointer to slice San Diego State's lead to 47-45 with 14 seconds remaining. Cal Poly's attempts to regain possession, however, merely resulted in fouls against Gay. As a team, San Diego State (11-0) finished 17-for-18 from the free throw line during the second half.

Donahue added eight points and a game-high eight rebounds for Cal Poly (3-6), which held San Diego State to a 0-for-18 figure from three-point range during the game and a 34.8 percent mark from the floor.

Cal Poly grabbed its first lead of the night at 7-4 following a Hanson three-pointer. The Mustangs then held San Diego State to four points during an eight-an-a-half minute stretch and, courtesy of a three-pointer from junior forward Jordan Lewis, led 13-9 seven minutes before intermission.

The Mustangs, however, were held without a point for the ensuing six minutes until Hanson sank a pair of free throws as San Diego State closed the opening half with a 7-2 run.

A lay-in from Donahue two-and-a-half minutes into the second half cut San Diego's lead to 18-17, but served as Cal Poly's only points during a 13-2 Aztec run to open the final 20 minutes of action.

Trailing, 29-17, Cal Poly received a second three-pointer from Jordan Lewis before O'Brien completed the program's first four-point play of the season to cut the Mustang disadvantage to five points with 10 minutes remaining.

Cal Poly, which received a game-high three steals from Hanson, continues its five-game road trip at California on Saturday, Dec. 18. Tip-off time at Haas Pavilion is scheduled for 2 p.m.