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Cal Poly Holds off Late Loyola Marymount Run for 55-48 Victory

Cal Poly Holds off Late Loyola Marymount Run for 55-48 Victory

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior guard Shawn Lewis finished with a team-high 11 points and sophomore guards Chris O'Brien and Drake U'u each scored 10 points – their personal highs in a Cal Poly men's basketball uniform – as the Mustangs posted their first home victory of the 2010-11 campaign with a 55-48 triumph against Loyola Marymount on Wednesday evening inside Mott Gym.

Freshman guard Maliik Love matched a career high with nine points and junior forward David Hanson collected a game-high 10 rebounds for Cal Poly (2-2), which snapped a two-game slide by holding the Lions (2-4) to a 30.0 percent field goal mark and a 20.0 percent figure from three-point range. The Mustangs, who led for all but 85 seconds, shot a season-high 79.2 percent from the free throw line and committed a season-low 16 turnovers.

A U'u layup six minutes from halftime provided Cal Poly a 17-10 advantage, but it was Love – who recorded all nine of his points during a 92-second span late in the first half – who assisted Cal Poly to a six-point cushion at intermission.

Jumpers from forward Ashley Hamilton and guard Jarred DuBois allowed Loyola Marymount to cut its deficit to 27-25 shortly after halftime, but U'u capped an 8-0 run with his first three-pointer as a Mustang as Cal Poly quickly established the first double-digit lead of the night.

Cal Poly then proceeded to hold Loyola Marymount scoreless during a six-minute stretch, but after taking a 47-31 lead following a pair of O'Brien free throws, the Mustangs themselves suffered a similar scoring drought as the Lions reeled off a 16-2 run to slice their gap to 49-47 with 47 seconds remaining.

The Mustangs, who limited Loyola Marymount to a single field goal during the final four minutes, sank six-successive free throw to preserve victory.

Cal Poly returns to the road to face Sacramento State on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.