The Cal Poly men’s basketball watched a six-point lead turn into a 15-point loss in the span of 15 minutes as host Cal State Northridge rallied for an 80-65 win Saturday at the Matadome.
The Mustangs (8-10, 4-3 Big West Conference) took a 44-38 lead with five minutes gone in the second half after a 3-pointer by Jordan Lewis, but with 14:32 left, officials used the FSN Prime Ticket television replays to asses a technical foul on Jamal Johnson that changed the complexion of the game.
As he made a move to dribble up court, Johnson’s elbow appeared to make contact with Matadors guard Josh Greene, who fell to the floor clutching his mouth. Play continued until David Hanson missed a 3-pointer, and the officials stopped play to look at the video.
Green was awarded two technical free throws, and Cal Poly never recovered.
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Cal State Northridge (6-13, 3-3 Big West) took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Greene with 10:29 left and outscored the Mustangs 41-21 after the technical.
Shawn Lewis scored 24 points, but he was the only Cal Poly player in double figures. Hanson had eight points and eight rebounds, and Matt Titchenal was next with seven points, which he scored in just 15 minutes off the bench.
The Mustangs were only 7 of 29 from 3-point range.
Vinnie McGhee led the Matadors with 20 points, Lenny Daniel had 18, and Greene scored 14.
Cuesta 78, Moorpark 63
If the Cougars’ strategy against the Raiders (7-12) was to live and die by the 3-point shot, they certainly did so.
Cuesta (11-11, 2-3 Western State Conference) shot 60 percent from 3-point land in the first half and then upped that percentage to 64 percent in the second half. For the game, the Cougars were 11 of 17 from 3-point range.
Luis Marrero was one of the most effective from long range. He hit five 3-pointers — the only field goals he made in the game — for all of his 15 points.
However, Marrero wasn’t the leading scorer for Cuesta. Malte Kramer led the Cougars with 27 points.
Marrero and Kramer were the only two Cougars to score in double-figures.
Coltrane Powdrill scored a team-high 20 points for Moorpark.
Moorpark 75, Cuesta 53
Katy Sheldon led the Cougars (3-15, 1-4 WSC) with a 25-point, 10-rebound performance in home loss.
The Cougars trailed 41-32 at halftime. The Cougars had twice as many turnovers (18) as assists (nine).
Rachel Warner had 13 points and four assists for Cuesta, and Anika Bauermeister had five points, five rebounds and five assists.
Cal Poly 6, UC Santa Cruz 1
Andre Dome showed no sign of rust against UC Santa Cruz.
In fact, in his first action after missing all of last season because of an injury, he had a hand in two wins as the former Arroyo Grande High School standout won his doubles and singles matches.
Dome defeated Brian Pybas 6-4, 6-4 in singles and then, with Jordan Bridge, defeated Pybas and Parker Larsen 8-1 in doubles.
Overall, the Mustangs (1-0) took five of the six singles matches and the doubles point en route to the win.