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Long Beach State Rallies to Beat Cal Poly in Overtime, 98-92

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Loren Jackson made two of three free throws to send the game into overtime and Long Beach State outscored Cal Poly 9-3 in the extra period for a 98-92 victory in a Big West Conference men's basketball game televised nationally by ESPNU on Saturday night in Mott Athletics Center.

In front of the first sellout crowd of the season and fourth in the last two years, Cal Poly almost snapped a nine-game losing streak when Donovan Field drove the length of the court and made a layup with 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation. After a time out, however, Jackson was fouled on the left side of the key near the baseline with 0.3 seconds remaining and made the last two of three free throws to tie the game at 89-89.

Mustang guard Kyle Toth made a layup to give Cal Poly a 91-89 lead 27 seconds into overtime, but the Mustangs scored just one point the rest of the way as Long Beach State's Roschon Prince keyed the 9-1 spurt with two baskets and a free throw.

With the loss, Cal Poly falls to 5-14 on the year and 0-5 in Big West games. Long Beach State improved to 8-14 and 3-3.

The loss spoiled a career-high 27-point performance by Mustang senior guard Ridge Shipley. Tallying 19 of his points in the first half, Shipley (pictured above) made 11 of 15 floor shots, including three of four from three-point range, and both of his free throws.

It was Cal Poly's highest scoring total since Brian Bennett tallied 27 at UC Davis on Jan. 31, 2015.

Cal Poly had five players in double figures for the first time this season. Toth and Fields both finished with 14 points, Zach Gordon added a career-high 13 and Victor Joseph 10.

Long Beach State was led by Prince with 25 points, sinking 10 of 15 floor shots and five of nine free throws. The 49ers also had five double-digit scorers. Evan Payne tallied 21, Justin Bibbins had 17 and Noah Blackwell and Loren Jackson each scored 12 points.

Cal Poly, whose 92 points is a season high, twice led by nine points in the first half before settling for a 46-38 advantage at the break. The Mustangs hit 50 percent of their floor shots (17 of 34) in the opening 20 minutes of play.

After Long Beach State briefly cut the lead to five points, Cal Poly went on a 19-7 run to extend its lead to 68-51 with 12:45 to go. A dunk and free throw by Gordon capped the Mustang rally.

Cal Poly still led by nine points at 81-72 with 6:47 to play before Long Beach State mounted a late uprising to catch the Mustang in the final seconds of regulation. The 49ers' 17-8 run was sparked in part by Bibbins with a three-pointer and a pair of free throws.

Saturday's game marked the second time in as many years that the two teams went to overtime in Mott Athletics Center. Cal Poly won last year's contest 96-92.

Cal Poly held a 40-37 advantage in rebounds, led by Toth and Gordon with eight each. For Toth, his eight boards are a career high. Prince grabbed 11 caroms for Long Beach State.

Shipley contributed four assists and four steals for Cal Poly. Blackwell had six assists for Long Beach State.

For the game, Cal Poly made 44.6 percent of its floor shots (33 of 74), including nine of 28 from three-point range, while Long Beach State connected on 54.7 percent of its field goal attempts (35 of 64). The 49ers made just one of one three-pointers in the first half but finished seven of 11 for the game.

Cal Poly plays twice on the road next week, visiting UC Irvine on Thursday and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN3.