David Hanson scored 23 points, and Shawn Lewis erupted for 14 after a scoreless first half for the Cal Poly men’s basketball team, but the Mustangs (2-3) could not overcome 59.5 percent shooting by Sacramento State and fell 71-67 to the Hornets (2-3) on the road Saturday.
Hanson, the team’s leading scorer with almost 16 points per game coming in, had 14 in the first half alone after hitting 4 of 6 3-pointers before the break.
Hanson finished 5 of 10 on 3s and 8 of 9 from inside the arc. Lewis missed his first four shots from the field before finally making a layup almost four minutes into the second half.
Lewis, who came in averaging 13.1 points and 7.3 rebounds, also had seven rebounds.
Chris O’Brien had his best scoring game as a Mustang, pouring in 12 points — all on four 3-pointers. It was the second game in a row that O’Brien scored in double figures. He had 10 in a 55-48 win over Loyola Marymount on Wednesday.
Will Donahue was two points away from his third double-double of the season. He finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Cal Poly outrebounded the Hornets 29-25.
The rest of the Mustangs combined to score just 10 points. Freshman point guard Maliik Love went 0 for 4 from the field and finished with three points.
And Cal Poly allowed Sacramento State to make 25 of 42 shots from the field, including 11 of 18 from 3-point range.
The Hornets never led by more than five points.
Four Hornets scored double digits, and Sultan Toles-Bey had a team-high 16, which included 5 of 7 on 3s.
The Mustangs return home to host Hawaii (5-0) on Wednesday in their final nonconference home game of the season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.