David Hanson’s 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the game showed Cal State Fullerton a small glimpse of what it was in for. Shot after shot, Hanson kept scoring.
Hanson finished with a team-high 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Mustangs defeated Cal State Fullerton 75-70 on Saturday night. Cal Poly (15-13, 10-5) clinched no worse than a share of second place in the regular season, entering next Saturday’s regular-season finale at UC Santa Barbara.
Along with Hanson, three other Cal Poly players scored in double figures. Shawn Lewis scored 17 points, former Morro Bay High star Dylan Royer scored a career-high 12 points on four 3-pointers and Will Donahue had 10.
With Cal State Fullerton (9-19, 5-9) holding a 21-17 lead, Cal Poly fought back with two jumpers by Hanson to take a 22-21 advantage. The Mustangs increased the lead to 33-28 at halftime.
The Mustangs controlled the game for the most of the second half, but in the final minutes Cal State Fullerton mounted its comeback.
Cal Poly led 66-49 with 8:08 left in the second half before the Titans outscored the Mustangs 21-9 to end the game. They got as close as four points before the Mustangs held on.
The Mustangs shot 42 percent from the field and 44 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
Cal State Fullerton shot 41 percent from the field and were led by Jer’Vaughn Johnson, who had 19 points and 17 rebounds.
Oklahoma State 8, Cal Poly 2; Oklahoma State 1, Cal Poly 0
Cal Poly started the season hoping to return to its form in 2009. But four games into their schedule, the Mustangs season is quickly starting to look like last year’s.
The Mustangs (0-4) dropped both games in a doubleheader at Oklahoma State.
Mason Radeke got the starting nod in the first game against the Cowboys. He pitched six innings, allowed seven hits and seven earned runs.
The Mustangs were able to cut a 2-0 lead in half in the third inning off a Matt Jensen RBI double, and then tied it at 2 on a David Armendariz home run.
Oklahoma State roared back with five runs in the next two innings en route to the victory.
In the second game, Cal Poly had a chance to tie it late with runners on first and third with two outs but a strikeout ended the game.
Oklahoma 4, Cal Poly 2; Washington 5, Cal Poly 3
After losing to No. 11 Texas in their opening game at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs on Friday, Cal Poly (2-11) fell to two top-10 teams Saturday.
Cal Poly had an early 2-0 lead against Oklahoma, but the Sooners responded with three runs in the bottom of the third inning on a three-run home run.
Anna Cahn pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts.
In the second game, Washington led 5-1 after four innings with the Mustangs’ only run coming on a Cahn home run.
Nicole Lund drove in two runs in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 5-3, but that was it for Cal Poly.
The schedule doesn’t get much easier in today’s action as Cal Poly is scheduled to play No. 20 LSU and No. 14 Cal.
TRACK AND FIELD
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships
Former Mission Prep star Jordan Hasay helped Oregon win the overall team title 138-128 over Arizona by winning the women’s mile in Seattle.
In the mile, Hasay beat out teammate Alex Kosinski by nearly three seconds for first place with a time of 4:35.28. In the women’s 800 meters, Hasay tied teammate Phyllis Francis with a time of 2:10.04 for seventh place.
The meet was the final tuneup for Hasay before the NCAA Championships on March 11-12 in College Station, Texas. Hasay has the top time in the mile and is part of Oregon’s NCAA-leading distance medley relay team entering the NCAA Championships.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Cal Poly broke two more school records to help the Mustangs finish third in the team race. Cal Poly finished with 614 points, and UC Davis won the event with 726 points.
Lacey Buck placed first in the 1,650-meter freestyle with a time of 16 minutes, 25.57 seconds, breaking the 16:34.55 school record she set in 2009.
Rachel Cleak finished fifth in the 100 freestyle and broke the school record of 51.40 with a time of 50.79.
Gloria Benfield finished second (2:02.05) in the 200 butterfly, and Kylie France finished right behind her with a time of 2:02.23.
Angie Haven posted a time of 2:14.34 in the 200 breaststroke to finish third in the event. Melody White placed third in the 200 backstroke, and Amanda Maffris was fourth.
Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
Cal Poly is tied with Weber State for seventh with a team score of 303 in the first round of the 20-school tournament in Palm Desert.
The Mustangs’ top finisher was sophomore Pace Johnson, who is tied for fourth with four others at even par-72. Alex Franklin was Poly’s second-highest finisher, tied for 31st at 75.
Tom Carlson of New Mexico is the first-round leader with a 69.
The second round was halted because of darkness and will be completed today starting at 7 a.m. The final round will immediately follow.