January 7, 2012

Cal Poly Spurt Decisive

Jan. 7, 2012

San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Chris Eversley came off the bench for career highs of 18 points and 9 rebounds Saturday night to lead Cal Poly to a 73-67 Big West Conference victory over Cal State Fullerton.

The Mustangs used an 18-0 run early in the first half to take control and improve to 10-6 and 1-2 in the Big West. Kwame Vaughn had 18 points and D. J. Seeley added 14 for the Titans, who fell to 10-5 and 2-2.

Orane Chin scored 7 early points as the Titans took a 9-7 lead 4 minutes into the game. But the Mustang scored the next 18 - 7 by reserve Maliik Love - for a 25-9 lead before Seeley hit a 3-pointer with 10:18 on the clock. The Mustangs lead remained double digits until the final minute.

Dylan Royer scored 12 points for Cal Poly and Amaurys Fermin had 11. The Mustangs outrebounded Fullerton, 35-31, and committed only 7 turnovers to 15 by the visitors - 10 in the first half.

"This game was similar to Thursday night at Santa Barbara -- we dug ourselves too deep a hole to climb out," said Fullerton Coach Bob Burton. "I was proud that we didn't quit and fought back but we obviously have to get better in so many areas.

"Cal Poly was more physical and tougher than we were."

Perry Webster came off the Fullerton bench for a season-high 7 points.

Fullerton has only a non-conference game next week at Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday while Cal Poly is at UC Irvine on Thursday night.