David Hanson scored a career-high 29 points, Shawn Lewis added 20 — all in the final 11 minutes — and Cal Poly avoided a big-game hangover with a 77-61 nonconference men’s basketball win at Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday.
Hanson was 10 for 15 from the field, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and grabbed eight rebounds while continuing his hot shooting.
Averaging a team-leading 15.4 points coming into the game, Hanson has scored 20 or more in four of his past six games.
“What David has done is minimize his 3-pointers in transition and maximize them in the half court,” Mustangs head coach Joe Callero said by phone.
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“His guys around him are doing a great job of getting him the ball in the right place, and the shots he’s taking are much more in rhythm.”
Despite getting only three points off the bench, Cal Poly (9-11) shot 60.5 percent from the field as a team and 52.6 percent on 3-pointers. Lewis was averaging 13.8 points coming in but was just 0 for 2 with no points close to midway through the second half.
With 10:23 left and Cal Poly leading 45-41, the senior hit his first jumper of the game, then sank a 3, scoring nine straight Mustangs points to give them a 10-point cushion.
Lewis finished 6 of 9 from the floor and 7 of 9 from the free-throw line.
“I just don’t think he had the emotional stamina or patience to do that last year,” Callero said. “This time, he didn’t have that many opportunities. They took some things away from him, but he was very patient in waiting. He went 30 minutes without a basket and then went for 20.
“He wasn’t pouting. He just kind of grinded it out.”
The Mustangs were coming off a last-second 71-70 loss to UC Santa Barbara at Mott Gym on Thursday. It might have been easy for Cal Poly to look past the independent Roadrunners (9-12) prior to next week’s two-game Big West homestand against UC Davis and Pacific. “We were very clear with our guys on Friday,” Callero said. “Instead of moping and going to the locker room, we went straight to the practice floor and had a very lively hour of practice.
“Sometimes it’s better to just get out there and compete again.”
L.A. Pierce 87, Cuesta 76
The Cougars (11-13, 2-5 Western State Conference) did their best to fend off the 10-0 run Pierce pieced together in the second half, but Cuesta could not bounce back. Leading the Brahmas 37-35 at the half, the Cougars allowed 52 second-half points in the loss.
“We could never recover from what happened in the first four minutes of the second half,” Cuesta head coach Rusty Blair said. “It was virtually a 10-point lead for the rest of the second half.”
The Cougars shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half, only to watch that number shrink to 35 in the second.
The Cougars had a season-high 22 turnovers.
Luis Marrero scored a team-high 21 points, Malte Kramer had 17 and Marc Hopkinson added 12.
TRACK AND FIELD
Hasay sets Oregon 3,000 record
At the Washington Invitational in Seattle, former Mission Prep star Jordan Hasay won the women’s 3,000 meters for Oregon in a school-record time of 9 minutes, 5.42 seconds.
Hasay led a 1-2 Oregon finish in the race as teammate Alex Kosinski was second in 9:08.60. Both bettered the NCAA indoor automatic qualifying mark of 9:13.0.
Hasay broke the school record of 9:07.25 set by Melody Fairchild in 1996. Hasay’s previous best in the 3,000, indoors or outdoors was a 9:12.25 clocking she had in this meet last year. That ranked her fourth on Oregon’s all-time list entering this season.
In the women’s high jump, Cal Poly’s Whitney Sisler, an NCAA qualifier outdoors last year, tied for third with a clearance of 5 feet, 8 inches. Washington’s Kelly McNamee cleared 5-10 for the win.
L.A. Pierce 61, Cuesta 53
The Cougars (3-16, 1-6 WSC) rallied from an early 12-0 deficit with a stifling match-up zone but couldn’t close the gap in a loss to Pierce. Anika Bauermeister led the way with 22 points and six rebounds for Cuesta, which also got 18 points and five steals from Jayme Salim and 10 rebounds from Kati Sheldon.
Washington 6, Cal Poly 1
Andre Dome and Alexander Sonesson provided the one win for Cal Poly (2-1) as the duo defeated the 30th-ranked doubles team in the nation.
With Dome and Sonesson defeating Jeevan Neduchezhiyan and Kyle McMorrow 8-2, Sebastian Bell and Marco Comuzzo won their matchup to give the Mustangs the doubles point.
But Cal Poly was swept in singles play.
Stanford 4, Cal Poly 0
Cal Poly, playing for the first time in the prestigious ITA Kickoff Weekend tournament, was swept Friday at top-ranked Stanford in Palo Alto.