The Cal Poly men’s basketball team got twice as many players in the scoring column than it had in each of its first two games, but the Mustangs (1-2) still struggled with offensive consistency in a 73-57 loss at Montana State on Sunday.
Shawn Lewis had 15 points and nine rebounds, and David Hanson also had 15, including two 3-pointers, but they were the only Cal Poly players in double digits. Other than Will Donahue, who finished with seven points, no other Mustang was able to put up more than four.
Donahue had 10 rebounds and hit three of four from the free-throw line, but it was the first time this season he had been unable to get a double-double.
The Bobcats (4-1) had four players score double figures and were led by Erik Rush, who scored a game-high 19.
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It was the first time this season Cal Poly had more than five players score points.
Chris O’Brien scored his first four points since transferring from San Francisco, and Jordan Lewis had his first points of the season, also four.
Maliik Love started his first game in place of fellow true freshman point guard Jamal Johnson, who Mustangs head coach Joe Callero told ESPN Radio 1280 was ill.
Johnson still played 10 minutes and scored one point. Love had three points, three assists and a steal in 25 minutes.