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Mustang Men’s Basketball Downed at Cal State Fullerton

FULLERTON, Calif. – Senior forward Will Taylor scored a team-high 10 points and senior forward Jordan Lewis (above) added a season-best nine, but early scoring droughts during both the first and second halves doomed the Cal Poly men's basketball program on Thursday night against Cal State Fullerton as the Mustangs suffered an 83-61 defeat inside Titan Gym.

Senior center Will Donahue added nine points for Cal Poly (13-10, 4-6), but the Mustangs surrendered season high totals for points, field goals (31), three-pointers (10) and assists (19) in seeing a three-game winning streak snapped against Cal State Fullerton (14-7, 6-3). Cal Poly, which also yielded a 57.4 (31-for-54) percent field goal mark to the Titans, allowed its highest point total since producing a 102-89 victory at Hawai'i (Feb. 20, 2010). 

The Mustangs cap their four-game road trip with a 7 p.m. matchup at CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Junior guard D.J. Seeley scored 11 of Cal State Fullerton's opening 13 points, but the Mustangs, trailing 18-12 at the 12-minute mark, received a pair of field goals from senior forward David Hanson and one from Taylor to pull within one point of the early Titan lead. 

Cal State Fullerton, however, responded by dropping a 17-2 run during the ensuing five-and-a-half minutes to stretch a double-digit lead as far 37-21 with three-and-a-half minutes remaining before the break. A jumper from sophomore guard Kyle Odister and a layup from Donahue pulled Cal Poly to within 12 points of the Titan lead 90 seconds before halftime, but Cal State Fullerton still maintained a 43-29 advantage at the break.

Despite shooting 54.5 percent from the floor during the first half, Cal Poly yielded six three-pointers to Cal State Fullerton, turned the ball over seven times and was held without an offensive rebound for the opening 14 minutes.