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Feb 28, 2013 1:49 AM by Andrew Masuda

Mustangs look for first road win since December 29

The Cal Poly men's basketball team opens its final road trip of the regular season on Thursday at Cal State Northridge. The Mustangs are trying to snap a six game road losing streak. In fact, they haven't won on the road since their Big West opener on December 29.

Cal Poly enters the two game trip 13-12 overall and 8-6 in Big West play. The Mustangs are fifth in conference, half a game behind third place Hawaii and UC Irvine. The Matadors are ninth in conference at 4-11.

Cal Poly lost at Cal State Fullerton last week 77-60 for its sixth-straight loss away from home. "I think as far as going on the road and getting wins, we're improving on the road and I think every road game we're getting better. So I think it's about time we get a win," said junior point guard Jamal Johnson, who ranks 11th in the NCAA with a 2.83 assists to turnover ratio.

"We've only won once there in my four years on the road down there. So this is a game we're really targeting as an important game to start that road trip off to Hawaii afterwards," said head coach Joe Callero.

The Mustangs beat CSUN in the Mott Athletics Center back in January 75-64. Cal Poly overcame a 5 point halftime deficit to win behind 30 points and 14 rebounds from Chris Eversley. Brian Bennett added 17 points in the win as Cal Poly shot 54 percent in the second half.

The Mustangs play at Hawaii on Saturday at 9:30 pm California time. They close out conference play next week at home with a Thursday game against UC Riverside and a Saturday contest against Cal State Fullerton.

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