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Dec 2, 2012 12:13 AM by Andrew Masuda

Mustangs suffer letdown, lose 86-68 at St. Mary's

The Cal Poly men's basketball team trailed from start to finish and lost 86-68 at St. Mary's on Saturday night. The Mustangs, who were coming off a thrilling 70-68 win at 11th ranked UCLA last Sunday, dropped to 2-3 on the season. St. Mary's snapped a two game losing skid and improved to 5-2.

Chris Eversley scored a career-high 25 points for the Mustangs to go with 6 rebounds. Freshman Brian Bennett finished with 10 points, while redshirt freshman Reese Morgan came off the bench to score 9 points.

St. Mary's shot 64 percent for the game and hit 29 of its 45 shots, including a 7 for 12 mark from 3-point range. The Mustangs shot 54 percent themselves. The Gaels pulled down 23 rebounds compared to 20 by the Mustangs. The Gaels made 18 of their 23 free throws for a 78 percent clip.

The Gaels made 16 of their 24 shots in the first half for a 67% mark to take a 42-35 lead into the break. Cal Poly shot 60% from the floor, but turned it over 5 times to St. Mary's one turnover. St. Mary's scored the first five points of the game and led by as many as fourteen (33-19) in the first half.

Eversley made 5 of his 8 shots in the first half to finish with 15 points and 4 rebounds in the first half. Morgan came off the bench to score 9 points on a perfect 3 for 3 mark from 3-point range in the first half.

St. Mary's outscored Cal Poly 44-33 in the second half.

Five Gaels scored 11 or more points in the game led by Brad Wadlow's 17 points on 8 of 9 shooting from the floor. Matt Hodgson and Matt Dellevadova added 13 point each.

The Mustangs return to action next Saturday, December 8 at home against Menlo College.

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