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Four-Game Winning Streak Snapped as Cal Poly Falls to IPFW, 75-73

Four-Game Winning Streak Snapped as Cal Poly Falls to IPFW, 75-73

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Junior guard Mo Evans drilled a 17-footer from the left corner of the key with 2.3 seconds remaining to lift IPFW to a 75-73 victory over Cal Poly in a non-conference men's basketball game Thursday night in the Mott Athletics Center.

The Mustangs, who led by six points at 71-65 with 3:54 to play on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Luke Meikle, snapped a 71-71 tie on two free throws by senior guard Reese Morgan with 1:28 to play.

Junior guard DeAngelo Stewart tied the game for the seventh time by hitting a jump shot with 40 seconds to go. Cal Poly senior forward Brian Bennett missed a shot with 15 seconds to play and senior guard Max Landis grabbed the rebound for IPFW, setting the stage for Evans' winning shot.

Ridge Shipley missed a half-court shot at the buzzer.

Cal Poly had a four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 4-3 on the year while IPFW improved to 7-2.

Meikle (pictured above) finished with 16 points off the bench for Cal Poly, sinking five of nine floor shots and four of six three-pointers. Senior guard David Nwaba added 11 points and Morgan 10.

IPFW was led by Landis with 16 points. Stewart added 15 points while Evans and senior forward Joe Reed each tallied 11 points.

Cal Poly outrebounded the visiting Mastodons 39-33, paced by senior forward Joel Awich with nine and Nwaba with six. Freshman guard John Konchar grabbed seven boards for IPFW. Awich tallied eight points, the first time this season he did not reach double digits.

Both teams committed 10 turnovers.

IPFW surged to a 49-41 halftime lead by sinking 65.5 percent of its first-half floor shots, including eight of 12 from three-point range. The Mastodons cooled off after the break, sinking just 30 percent from the floor, but still connected on six of 18 three-pointers, finishing 14 of 30 from three-point range -- the most against Cal Poly this season -- and 28 of 59 (47.5 percent) for the game.

Cal Poly made 44.3 percent of its floor shots (27 of 61), including seven of 17 treys.

Coach Joe Callero's Mustangs led by three points in the early going before IPFW took control with a 10-3 run for a 25-19 advantage with 11:08 to play. Senior guard Michael Calder capped the run with a three-pointer.

Evans hit a pair of three-pointers and Konchar added one in the final two minutes of the first half, giving the Mastodons their eight-point cushion at the break.

IPFW led by as many as nine points in the second half, 55-46 with 16:35 to play, before Cal Poly went on a 15-2 run to turn the nine-point deficit into a 61-57 advantage with 9:09 to play. With the Mustangs ahead 71-65, the Mastodons hit four of their final six floor shots en route to the win, avenging last year's 71-57 loss in Fort Wayne.

Nwaba contributed seven assists and a pair of steals for Cal Poly, which notched a season-high five blocked shots. The Mustangs' eight-game non-conference home winning streak was snapped.

Cal Poly concludes a three-game home stand Saturday night, hosting Fresno State for a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup in the Mott Athletics Center. The Bulldogs are 6-1 following their 84-72 victory over The Master's College on Thursday night.