Nov 20, 2012 12:58 AM by Andrew Masuda
Forward Kevin Foster scored 28 points and guard Kevin Olekaibe added 20 to lead Fresno State to a 76-67 victory over Cal Poly in a non-conference men's basketball game Monday night before 2,277 in Mott Gym.
The Bulldogs (3-1) went on a 13-2 run late in the first half to build an 11-point cushion and Cal Poly (1-2) could get no closer than four points in the second half.
Forward Chris Eversley led the Mustangs with 14 points. Guards Dylan Royer and Jamal Johnson added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Cal Poly hit 47.1 percent of its floor shots (24 of 51), but Fresno State was even hotter, sinking 55.3 percent of its field goal attempts, including nine of 18 from three-point range. The Mustangs connected on just five of 12 three-pointers.
Fresno State also outrebounded Cal Poly 31-22, led by Foster with nine. Eversley grabbed seven boards for Cal Poly.
The Mustangs lost despite turning the ball over just six times. The Bulldogs committed 12 turnovers and compiled a 7-0 advantage in blocked shots.
The lead changed hands six times in the opening five minutes, 10 seconds of the game and the score was tied at 19-19 with 7:45 to play in the first half after guard Kyle Odister made one of two free throws.
Fresno State then went on its 13-2 run -- seven points by Foster and the other six by guard Kevin Olekaibe -- for a 32-21 advantage with 4:46 to go and settled for a 37-30 lead at the break.
A dunk by Robert Upshaw gave Fresno State a 44-34 lead four minutes into the second half. Cal Poly managed to trim the 10-point deficit to four at 48-44 on a free throw by forward Brian Bennett with 12:12 to go, but the Bulldogs quickly built the lead back up to 12 points on four occasions over the next 10 minutes of play and never looked back.
Johnson and Drake U'u each had five assists and Eversley added four for Cal Poly. U'u also recorded three steals to go with his eight points. Odister also finished with eight points.
With the win, Fresno State now leads the all-time series against Cal Poly, 45-18. The Mustangs snapped a 13-game slide against the Bulldogs and earned their first win in Fresno in 41 seasons with a 65-46 victory last December.
Cal Poly plays at UCLA on Sunday in a game televised by the Pac-12 Network.
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