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Eversley’s Sixth Double-Double Powers Cal Poly to 75-64 Victory

Eversley’s Sixth Double-Double Powers Cal  Poly to 75-64 Victory

POSTGAME REACTION: JOE CALLERO | CHRIS EVERSLEY | KYLE ODISTER

EVERSLEY FINISHES OFF THE MATADORS (video)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Junior forward Chris Eversley's sixth double-double of the season -- a career-high 30 points to go with 14 rebounds, one shy of his career high -- powered Cal Poly to its ninth consecutive home conference victory, 75-64 over Cal State Northridge on Saturday night before 2,464 in the Mott Athletics Center.

Eversley's eighth career double-double included 11-for-19 shooting from the floor and a perfect 7-for-7 from the line, enabling head coach Joe Callero's Mustangs to even their overall record at 9-9 and improve to 5-3 in Big West Conference play, all alone in third place. Eversley's 11 successful field goals is a team high for the season.

Cal State Northridge, led by freshman forward Trevone Williams' 15 points, one of four Matadors in double figures, fell to 10-11 and 1-8. The Matadors earned their first conference win of the season Thursday night at UC Santa Barbara.

Neither team led by more than five points until Eversley's conventional three-point play with 7:32 to play in the game gave Cal Poly a 63-57 cushion.

Cal State Northridge twice pulled to within four points before the Mustangs outscored the Matadors 8-1 over the final 3 minutes, 30 seconds of the game. Those final eight points included a layup by freshman forward Brian Bennett, a tip-in and dunk by Eversley and two free throws by junior guard Jamal Johnson.

Cal State Northridge led 32-27 at halftime and Cal Poly didn't take the lead for good until 12:22 remaining in the contest on a three-pointer by Eversley for a 50-49 lead. Junior guard Kyle Odister hit a three-pointer 16 seconds later.

Cal Poly, which tied an NCAA record by making its first 11 three-point attempts against Cal State Northridge last year in the Mott Athletics Center, missed its first nine tries from beyond the arc Saturday night before Eversley and Odister hit their back-to-back treys in the second half.

Cal Poly did not have a player break the 20-point mark a year ago. Eversley (pictured above) has done it six times this year. His 30 Saturday night are the most by a Mustang since Lorenzo Keeler scored 30 at UC Davis on Feb. 4, 2010.

Cal Poly made 46 percent of its floor shots for the game, but hit only three of 15 three-pointers. Cal State Northridge made 23-for-57 (40 percent) of its field goals, including six of 15 beyond the arc.

The Mustangs outrebounded the Matadors 40-28. Bennett added six boards to go along with 17 points -- he also had 17 in Thursday's win over Hawai'i, a career high -- for Cal Poly while Cal State Northridge was led by Williams and sophomore forward Stephan Hicks, each with eight rebounds.

Freshman guard Landon Drew had nine assists for Cal State Northridge.

Cal Poly turned the ball over 12 times, one more than the Matadors. Cal State Northridge committed 23 personal fouls and the Mustangs took advantage, sinking 24 of 29 free throws.

Cal Poly continues Big West play with two games on the road next week, visiting UC Irvine on Wednesday night and Long Beach State on Saturday afternoon (FOX Prime Ticket).