Chris Eversley had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Kyle Odister came off the bench to score 14 and the Cal Poly men’s basketball team shook off a four-game losing skid by holding on to beat Cal State Northridge, 62-55, Thursday at the Matadome.
The Mustangs (9-14, 5-5 Big West) never trailed, but their lead dwindled to two points, 57-55, with 2:06 to play, when Stephan Hicks made a pair of free throws for Northridge.
But Cal Poly held the Matadors (12-14, 4-7) scoreless from there, forcing two turnovers and icing the game from the free-throw line courtesy of foul shots by Eversley, Odister and starting guard Ridge Shipley.
Joel Awich chipped in seven points and seven rebounds, and David Nwaba had seven points, four rebounds and three assists for the Mustangs, who had not won since a Jan. 23 victory at Cal State Fullerton.
Stephen Maxwell scored a game-high 18 points, and Tre Hale-Edmerson recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds for Northridge, which would have taken Cal Poly’s No. 5 spot in the conference standings with a win.
Eversley was 6-of-16 shooting and 5 of 7 from the foul line, while Odister made 4 of his 7 3-point attempts and both of his free throws.
The Mustangs, who conclude a three-game road trip Saturday at Long Beach State, shot 35.2 percent from the floor, but turned the ball over just seven times and outrebounded the Matadors 39-37.
Cuesta 11, Mission 1; Cuesta 5, Hartnell 3
Nicole Johnson struck out six for the Cougars (9-3) against host Hartnell College, and Cuesta used a five-run sixth inning to come from behind and win.
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning, when Hartnell got a three-run home run. In the following inning, Cuesta’s Gabby Massari walked to load the bases. Jeanna Ruck followed with a two-run double, Breanne Jones doubled home another run, Niki Ruiz hit a
sacrifice fly and Erin Pennington singled in a run.
Against Mission, Summer Best and Suzanne Jones both drove in two runs, and Ruck struck out five.