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Cal Poly Falls for First Time at Home this Year, 87-74 to Cal State Fullerton

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Guard Tré Coggins scored 34 points to lead Cal State Fullerton to a wire-to-wire 87-74 victory over Cal Poly in a Big West Conference men's basketball game Thursday night in Mott Athletics Center.

Cal Poly was paced by guard Donovan Fields (pictured above) with 15 points, sinking five of 11 floor shots and four of five free throws. Ridge Shipley and Victor Joseph, both guards, each tallied a dozen points.

Cal State Fullerton led by 10 points on five occasions in the first half, but Cal Poly closed the gap to a single point at 34-33 on Luke Meikle's layup with 30 seconds to go, capping a 13-4 Mustang run. Ahmad drilled a 30-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Titans a 37-33 lead at the break.

Cal State Fullerton opened the second half by scoring the first nine points and pulled away for the win. The Titans led by as many as 21 points midway through the second half and Cal Poly could get no closer than 11 points down the stretch.

Coggins made 11 of his 15 floor shots, including six of seven from three-point range, and all of his six free throw attempts. His 34 points are the most by a Mustang opponent this year. Ahmad was five of five from the floor (two from behind the arc) and seven of seven from the line.

The Titans connected on 29 of 45 floor shots (64 percent), including eight of 14 from three-point range, while Cal Poly made 26 of 62 floor shots (42 percent) and was six of 17 from long range.

Cal State Fullerton won the rebound battle 33-26, paced by Rowe with 12. Aleks Abrams corralled five boards for Cal Poly.

Shipley contributed eight assists, matching his career high, and four steals in 34 minutes on the floor. Joseph's 12 points represent his eighth double-digit scoring game of the year.

Cal Poly, which suffered its first loss at home this season, falling to 4-1, plays its next Big West game Saturday night at UC Santa Barbara, with tip set for 7 p.m.