Fresno State’s hot shooting carried the Bulldogs to a 76-67 men’s basketball win over Cal Poly on Monday night at Mott Gym.
Kevin Foster had 28 points and nine rebounds as Fresno State beat its third Big West Conference opponent in the past six days. Foster couldn’t be stopped as he made 9 of 10 field goals, including his only 3-point attempt, and 9 of 10 free throws.
The Bulldogs made 26 of 47 field goals, 55.3 percent, and were 12 of 21 in the second half, 57.1 percent.
The other big difference in the game was a late 13-2 first half run by Fresno State that turned a 19-19 tie with 7:45 left into a 32-21 Bulldogs lead with 4:46 remaining in the first half. Fresno State settled for a 37-30 halftime lead. Foster had seven points in the 13-2 run.
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Cal Poly (1-2) got 14 points from Chris Eversley, 12 from Dylan Royer and 10 from Jamal Johnson. The Mustangs lost despite having only seven turnovers.
Kevin Olekaibe added 20 points and Allen Huddleston had 14 for the Bulldogs (3-1), who also have victories over Pacific and UC Riverside in the past week.
Cal Poly got within 48-44 with 12:12 remaining, but Olekaibe’s 3-pointer with 9:56 left pushed the lead back to double digits.
The Mustangs return to action Sunday at UCLA in a 7 p.m. game that will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network.
No. 11 Cal 87, Cal Poly 61
In Berkeley, the Golden Bears used a 20-2 run in the first half to break open the game and run away from the Mustangs (2-2).
Reshanda Gray scored 22 points, and Gennifer Brandon had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Cal (3-0) rolled at home.
The Mustangs trailed 11-10 when Kayla Griffin hit a 3-pointer for Cal Poly. But Cal ran away in a hurry with its 20-2 run to take a commanding 31-12 lead. The Golden Bears, who also got 11 points and nine rebounds from Talia Caldwell, led 48-33 at halftime. Brittany Boyd added 10 points for Cal, which shot 50 percent from the field and never trailed. The Golden Bears led by as many as 28 points and moved to 6-0 all time in the series against Cal Poly.
Griffin led the Mustangs with 13 points. Brittany Woodard and Molly Schlemer finished with 10 points apiece for Cal Poly, whose only other lose came in the season opener at Oklahoma State, now ranked 21st.
Cal Poly will host a three-team round-robin tournament starting Friday. Other teams in the tournament are Stephen F. Austin and CSU Bakersfield. The tournament runs through Sunday with Cal Poly playing Friday and Sunday.
Cal Poly linebacker Nick Dzubnar was one of three players named the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week after he returned an interception for a touchdown and had nine tackles in the Mustangs’ 42-34 win at Northern Arizona on Saturday.
The win gave Cal Poly a share of the Big Sky title with Eastern Washington and Montana State and helped the Mustangs earn their first FCS playoff berth since 2008.
Dzubnar was also named a College Sporting News national all-star, the College Football Performance Awards national linebacker of the week and College Sports Madness national FCS defensive player of the week.