NORTHRIDGE – Junior forward Josh Martin (above) produced his fourth double-double of the year with 13 points and a game high 11 rebounds, but the Cal Poly men's basketball program – after trailing CSUN by 15 at halftime and rallying to cut the deficit to six early in the second half – ultimately dropped a 72-54 decision inside The Matadome Saturday afternoon.
Junior guard Donovan Fields finished with a team leading 14 points for Cal Poly (6-13, 1-4), which forced CSUN (5-14, 2-3) into 14 turnovers, but conceded 52.1 (25-for-48) percent field goal mark to the Matadors. Junior guard Marcellus Garrick added nine points for the Mustangs, who shot 91.7 (11-for-12) percent from the free throw line.
Martin's double-double was the seventh of his career at Cal Poly.
Cal Poly plays three of its next four games at home inside Mott Athletics Center, beginning with a 7 p.m. matchup versus Long Beach State on Thursday, Jan. 25.
Behind 12 early points from CSUN senior forward Tavrion Dawson and six Mustang turnovers, the Matadors leapt out to a 19-6 lead 10 minutes into action.
Cal Poly closed within 12 points of CSUN's lead at 25-13 following a pair of free throws from both Martin and Fields. CSUN, which shot 55.6 (15-for-27) percent from the floor during the first half, ultimately took a 36-21 lead into the break.
Cal Poly, however, opened the second half with an 11-2 run during the first three-and-a-half minutes to draw within six points of CSUN.
The Matadors then kept Cal Poly at bay with an 11-2 run of their own to reaffirm a 49-34 advantage with 11-and-a-half minutes to go.
A jumper from senior guard Victor Joseph brought CSUN's lead down to 51-39 with 10 minutes remaining, but the 12-point barrier was as close as Cal Poly drew down the stretch.