Cal Poly Rallies Late
Jan. 13, 2011
San Luis Obispo, Calif. -
David Hanson scored 25 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:28 to play Thursday night as Cal Poly SLO rallied for a 58-54 Big West Conference victory over Cal State Fullerton.
The Mustangs overcame a 10-point halftime deficit and improved to 7-8 overall and 3-1 in the Big West. Fullerton lost for the first time in five years in San Luis Obispo and fell to 6-11, 2-3 despite a double-double by Andre Hardy, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Devon Peltier led the Titans with 13 points and Jer'Vaughn Johnson had 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Fullerton made only 2 of 18 (.111) from the 3-point line while the Mustangs made 8 of 22 with Hanson hitting 5 of 10. No other Mustang was in double figures.
Hardy's 3-point play gave Fullerton a 53-52 lead with 1:44 to play. But Hanson, who had hit a 3-pointer at 2:02 for a 52-50 lead, hit another before blocking a Johnson shot at the other end. Cal Poly's Jordan Lewis beat the shot clock with a clinching 3-pointer with 35 seconds left for a 58-53 lead. Fullerton got only a Johnson free throw the rest of the way.
Fullerton led at the half, 32-22, and got the first bucket of the second half. But Hanson's trey triggered a 23-10 run that gave the Mustangs a 45-44 lead with about 12 minutes to play. Johnson tied the game with a free throw and then neither team scored for more than four minutes until Hanson hit a jumper at 7:30. Fullerton didn't score until the 4:16 mark when Orane Chin scored inside to make it 49-47 Cal Poly.
Fullerton went ahead, 50-49, when Johnson made two free throws with 2:32 to play. Fullerton plays again Saturday night at Cal State Northridge, where it has won its last seven games.