Despite jumping out to an early lead, the Cal Poly men’s basketball team dropped a 68-54 decision to Cal State Fullerton in Titan Gym on Thursday.
The Mustangs (5-10, 2-2 Big West Conference) led 13-4 after four minutes but were held to just seven points over the next 11 minutes as the Titans clawed back into the game.
Senior guard Lorenzo Keeler had a team-high 13 points but was just 2 of 11 from the floor for Cal Poly, which struggled as a team, shooting 33.3 percent.
The Mustangs also had difficulty with their free- throw shooting, hitting just 19 of 32 from the line.
Cal State Fullerton led 27-25 at halftime but used a 21-8 run early in the second half to pull away.
The Titans were led by Gerard Anderson’s 20 points. Jer’Vaughn Johnson added 17 and collected 10 rebounds.
Cal State Fullerton (8-7, 3-1) shot 37 percent from the floor but hit 30 of 37 from the line.
Junior forward Shawn Lewis had 12 points and four rebounds for Cal Poly before fouling out in 20 minutes of action.
A Lewis jumper got the Mustangs to within five points at 57-52, but Cal State Fullerton would score the next six points to put the game away.
Cal Poly 32, San Francisco State 9
The Mustangs lost just one match to Division II San Francisco State in San Francisco.
Cal Poly won the first four contested matchups via technical fall as Filip Novachkov (141 pounds), Nick Fisher (149), Geoff Doss (157) and Travis Rasmussen (165) got the Mustangs off to a strong start.
Eight of nine matches went to Cal Poly (5-2). The Gators (1-6) only win was at heavyweight.
The Mustangs improved to 37-1 all-time in dual meets against San Francisco State.
Also winning for Cal Poly were Steven Vasquez (174 pounds), Kelan Bragg (184), Ryan Smith (197) and Micah Ferguson (125).