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Cal Poly Evens Record With 64-53 Victory Over Northern Colorado

Cal Poly Evens Record With 64-53 Victory Over Northern Colorado

POSTGAME REACTION: JOE CALLERO | CHRIS EVERSLEY | DYLAN ROYER

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Junior forward Chris Eversley produced his first double-double of the season -- 21 points and 10 rebounds -- to lead Cal Poly to a 64-53 victory over Northern Colorado in a non-conference men's basketball game Thursday night in Mott Gym.

Eversley is the first Mustang in nearly two years -- a stretch of 36 games -- to surpass the 20-point mark for a game. David Hanson tallied 25 points against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 26, 2011.

Both teams are 1-1 on the young season.

Senior guard Dylan Royer added 13 points for the Mustangs, who let an early 11-2 lead slip away but rebounded from a six-point deficit late in the first half and pulled away in the second half.

Guard Tevin Svihovec scored 14 points for Northern Colorado.

Cal Poly made just 33 percent of its floor shots for the game, sinking only one of 11 three-pointers in the first half before hitting its first three trey attempts of the second half. The Mustangs finished six of 21 from three-point range (28.6 percent).

Northern Colorado connected on 42.3 percent of its field goal attempts, but was 3-for-18 from three-point range. The Bears led the nation in three-point shooting a year ago. Cal Poly made 22 of 30 free throws (73.3 percent) while the Bears were just six of 13 from the charity stripe.

Northern Colorado outrebounded Cal Poly 38-35, led by forward Derrick Barden with nine and center Connor Osborne with seven. In addition to Eversley's 10 boards, freshman forward Brian Bennett grabbed seven rebounds for Cal Poly.

Cal Poly raced to its 11-2 lead in the first six minutes, capped by an Eversley dunk, before Northern Colorado put together a 20-5 run for a 22-16 cushion with 2:56 to play prior to intermission. The Mustangs went over seven minutes without a field goal during the Bears' run.

Cal Poly scored the final five points of the first half to trim the deficit to 22-21, and Eversley hit a three-pointer a minute into the second half to give the Mustangs the lead for good at 24-23.

Cal Poly opened up a 10-point lead at 49-39 with 8:36 to play on a three-pointer by junior guard Kyle Odister and Northern Colorado could get no closer than four points the rest of the way.

The Bears were trailing 51-47 with 4:46 to go when the Mustangs went on a 7-0 spurt to put the game away. Royer capped the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key with 2:02 to go.

Eversley produced his third career double-double. Junior guard Jamal Johnson equalled his career high with seven assists.

Mustang head coach Joe Callero is 3-1 in home openers and Cal Poly won its home opener for the 14th time in 19 Division I seasons.

Cal Poly concludes a two-game homestand Monday by hosting Fresno State at 7 p.m.