San Luis Obispo, Calif. –The Pacific men's basketball team dropped a 67-62 at Cal Poly on Thursday, Feb. 7. With the loss, Pacific dropped to 13-9 on the season and 7-3 in Big West play. Cal Poly improved to 10-11 overall, 6-5 in league action.
The Tigers missed four shots and had a turnover on their first five possessions before getting a jumper to by senior Travis Fulton. Pacific fell behind 7-2, but turned it into a 16-7 lead 8:05 to play after a 14-0 run that spanned more than five minutes. With the Tigers leading 19-10 at the 4:25 mark, the Mustangs closed the half on a 10-2 run to give Pacific a 21-20 halftime lead. Both teams shot below 30% for the half.
A pair of three-pointers from senior Colin Beatty and Fulton and a layup from junior Khalil Kelley accounted for an early 8-2 run as Pacific took a 31-24 lead with 16:53 to play in the game. The Tigers took a 36-28 lead with 13:36 to go after another three-pointer from Beatty, but the Mustangs responded. Cal Poly went on a 13-6 run over the next four minutes to cut the lead to 42-41 with 9:33 to play. A pair of free throws by Fulton took the lead back to 44-41, but a 10-2 stretch by the Mustangs including seven points from Chris Eversley gave Cal Poly a 51-46 lead with 6:08 to play. Pacific would not get closer than five points the rest of the way.
Fulton led the Tigers with a season-high 19 points. Eversley scored 21 points to lead Cal Poly.
The Tigers shot 38.9% from the field and just 9-24 from three point range (37.5%). Pacific held the Mustangs to 7-27 (25.9%) in the first half, but Cal Poly was 14-24 (58.3%) from the field in the second half. Cal Poly outrebounded the Tigers 39-35, though the Tigers had a 14-13 offensive rebounding edge. CP ended up with a 14-9 advantage in second chance points.
Pacific is next in action with a road game at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m.