Cal Poly

Cal Poly struggles but beats Division II Eastern New Mexico

Chris Eversley notched his third double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, to lead the Cal Poly men’s basketball team to a narrow 60-57 victory over Division II Eastern New Mexico on Friday night at Mott Gym.

The Greyhounds (5-5) held a 29-28 lead over the Mustangs (4-4) at halftime, and they missed two shots in the final minute after Eversley pushed the Cal Poly lead to three.

Brian Bennett had 11 points and six rebounds, Kyle Odister had 10 points off the bench and Jamal Johnson had five assists, five rebounds and three steals for the Mustangs.

Chris O’Brien, who entered the game with the top assist-to-turnover ratio in Division I and had only turned the ball over once all year, had four giveaways in the first half.

There were 12 lead changes in the game, including nine in the first half.

The Mustangs return to action Monday when they travel to Santa Clara for a 7 p.m. nonconference game.