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Cal Poly Drops Big West Conference Game to CSUN in Overtime, 78-74

Cal Poly Drops Big West Conference Game to CSUN in Overtime, 78-74
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly erased a 20-point first-half deficit and couldn't hold onto a 10-point second-half advantage as CSUN earned a 78-74 overtime win in a Big West Conference men's basketball game Saturday night before 2,513 inside Mott Athletics Center.
Darius Brown II hit a three-pointer with 32 seconds left in overtime for a 76-71 CSUN lead and iced the win with two free throws with nine seconds remaining for the Matadors, who improved to 8-10 for the season and 2-0 in Big West games.
Cal Poly, which fell to 4-11 and 0-2, couldn't take advantage of Donovan Field's 30-point performance, which tied his career scoring high. He made five of 10 three-pointers for the game, a new career high, and became the 24th Mustang to surpass the 1,000-point mark for a career. He has a team-high 11 double-digit games this season.
A layup by Cal Poly's Hank Hollingsworth with 37.9 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game into overtime. Brown turned the ball over with 9.8 seconds left and Mustang forward Kuba Niziol missed a three-pointer near the buzzer.
Terrell Gomez scored 23 points to lead four CSUN double-digit scorers. Lamine Diane added 20 points and Michael Ou and Rodney Henderson Jr. each contributed 12 points.
Cal Poly received 26 points from its bench, including 12 by Niziol and 11 from Junior Ballard.
CSUN raced to a 29-9 advantage in the first 10 minutes of the game, Diane capping the run with a layup. Cal Poly gradually whittled away at the deficit, trailing 38-27 at halftime and finally catching the Matadors at 41-41 three minutes into the second half.
Marcellus Garrick hit a three-pointer to cap the Mustangs' 32-12 run with 16:50 to play and Cal Poly didn't stop there, scoring the next 10 points for a 51-41 cushion with 12:46 to play. Niziol ended the 42-12 Mustang streak with a three-pointer.
Henderson tied the game at 59-59 with 3:39 to play as CSUN put together an 18-8 spurt to get back into the game.. Neither team led by more than two points during the rest of regulation.
In overtime, Cal Poly led by four points, 71-67, on Field's second three-pointer of extra time, putting him over the 1,000-point mark for his career with 2:59 to play. CSUN, however, outscored the Mustangs 11-3 the rest of the way on eight free throws and the three-pointer by Brown.
Cal Poly outrebounded CSUN 47-44, led by Niziol and Hollingsworth with 10 apiece, giving Niziol his second career-double-double. Diane grabbed 15 boards for the Matadors.
Fields played all 45 minutes and contributed seven assists for Cal Poly. He was 11 of 22 from the floor. Hollingsworth and Niziol each blocked three shots. With his first blocked shot Saturday, Hollingsworth became the fourth Mustang in program history to amass 100 career blocks.
Brown notched 11 assists for CSUN and Diane blocked three shots.
Cal Poly hit 25 of 73 floor shots for 34 percent, including 13 of 38 from three-point range, while CSUN was 29 of 60 from the field (48 percent), eight of 20 from long range. The Mustangs turned the ball over 12 times, one more than the Matadors.
The Mustangs have played four overtime games this season and their ninth in the last 20 contests since the middle of last season.
Cal Poly hits the road for its next Big West game, visiting defending conference regular-season champion UC Davis on Saturday.
Photo above of Donovan Fields courtesy of Owen Main |