POSTGAME REACTION: JOE CALLERO | CHRIS EVERSLEY | AMAURYS FERMIN
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Sophomore forward Chris Eversley came off the bench to produce career highs of 18 points and nine rebounds as Cal Poly earned its first Big West Conference men's basketball victory of the year Saturday night, defeating Cal State Fullerton 73-67 before 2,725 inside Mott Gym.
Eversley (pictured at right) made seven of his 10 floor shots and all four free throws for Coach Joe Callero's Mustangs (10-6 overall, 1-2 Big West). Junior guard Dylan Royer added 12 points, senior point guard Amaurys Fermin 11 and senior forward David Hanson 10 for Cal Poly.
Cal State Fullerton (10-5, 2-2 Big West) was paced by junior guard Kwame Vaughn with 18 points and junior guard D.J. Seeley with 14.
Cal State Fullerton held several early leads, the last at 9-7 with with 16:12 to go on a free throw by senior forward Orane Chin.
Cal Poly responded with an 18-0 run to turn the game around and held the upper hand the rest of the way en route to its third straight win over the Titans. Sophomore guard Maliik Love scored seven points during the spurt and capped the run with a layup, giving the Mustangs a 25-9 advantage with 10:47 to go in the half.
Cal Poly led 41-24 at the break and opened up a 22-point cushion early in the second half. The Mustangs maintained an advantage of 11 to 14 points most of the rest of the way until Cal State Fullerton closed the game with a 9-1 run.
Cal State Fullerton connected on 49 percent of its field goal attempts compared to 41 percent by Cal Poly, but the Mustangs outrebounded the visiting Titans 35-31 -- senior forward Omondi Amoke had six boards for Cal State Fullerton -- and turned the ball over just seven times while forcing 15 Cal State Fullerton miscues.
Fermin's 11 points represented the team-leading 11th time he has reached double figures in scoring this season. Hanson played his 100th career game as a Mustang. Royer made a trio of three-pointers, the 10th time in 16 games he has made multiple treys this season, and his four rebounds are a career high.
The attendance of 2,725 is the third-largest home crowd of the season. Cal Poly had its first sellout in two years last Monday in a 58-57 loss to UC Santa Barbara.
Cal Poly's 41-24 halftime lead was its second-largest of the season and second-highest point total for the first 20 minutes. The Mustangs led Menlo 44-19 at the break on Dec. 14.
Cal Poly plays its next two Big West games on the road, visiting UC Irvine on Thursday and UC Riverside on Saturday for 7 p.m. tips.
Eversley Powers Cal Poly Men's Basketball Past Cal State Fullerton, 73-67
|Cal State Fullerton (10-5 (2-2 BWC))||24||43||67|
|Cal Poly (10-6 (1-2 BWC))||41||32||73|