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Mustangs Rally from Second Half Deficit, but Fall in Overtime to CSUN

Mustangs Rally from Second Half Deficit, but Fall in Overtime to CSUN

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Senior guard Reese Morgan (top) tied a career high with seven three-pointers en route to a season best 23 points, but the Cal Poly men's basketball team – after overcoming a 14-point deficit with 11 minutes remaining in regulation –dropped a 75-71 overtime decision to CSUN inside Mott Athletics Center on Saturday evening.

Freshman forward Josh Martin scored a career high 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his second successive double-double for Cal Poly (10-16, 4-9), which trailed CSUN (10-17, 5-8) 55-41 before outscoring the Matadors 20-6 to close regulation. CSUN grabbed a 61-58 lead with 46 seconds remaining in the second half before a Morgan three-pointer 15 seconds later squared the matchup and helped force overtime. During the final sequence of the second half, Martin blocked a layup attempt from Matador guard Kendall Smith with four seconds to play.

During a matchup that featured 13 lead changes and saw Cal Poly block a season high 10 shots, Morgan's seventh three-pointer handed Cal Poly a 67-65 lead with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in overtime. After a layup from Matador forward Tavrion Dawson tied the game for the fifth time, Cal Poly enjoyed its final lead at 68-67 following a free throw by senior guard David Nwaba.

A layup, however, on the ensuing possession by Matador guard Michael Warren shifted the lead back toward CSUN with 76 seconds to play. The Matadors then knocked down their final six free throw attempts to keep the game out of Cal Poly's reach.

Playing its third overtime game of the season – all inside Mott Athletics Center – Cal Poly received a career high 10 rebounds from freshman guard Jaylen Shead and a career best five blocks by senior forward Joel Awich. The Mustangs, however, shot just 48.0 (12-for-25) percent from the free throw line and missed all six attempts during the second half.

Shead added a game high seven assists for Cal Poly, which outrebounded CSUN, 48-41.

Cal Poly closes a three-game home stand and its 12-game home schedule inside Mott Athletics Center against Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.