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Mar 16, 2013 2:43 AM by Andrew Masuda

Mustangs lose heartbreaker in semifinals on last-second shot

Travis Fulton grabbed the rebound and threw it up and in during the same motion for the game-winning basket with 1.3 seconds left to help Pacific men's basketball team stun Cal Poly 55-53 in the Big West Conference semifinals on Friday in Anaheim.

The 18-13 Mustangs, who were seeded third, lost in the semifinals for the second year in a row. Pacific, which was seeded second, advanced to the championship game where the Tigers face #4 UC Irvine, which upset top seeded Long Beach State 67-60.

Chris Eversley led the Mustangs with 12 points, while Dylan Royer hit two clutch 3-pointers down the stretch to finish with 10 points. Senior Chris O'Brien helped lead the Mustangs offense in the second half and finished with 11 points.

Cal Poly led 21-19 at the half. Brian Bennett scored inside early in the second half to give Cal Poly its largest lead of the game 23-19.

The Mustangs never trailed by more than four points in the game. Pacific tied the game at 53 on a pair of free throws from Lorenzo McCloud with 50 seconds left. After a missed 3-pointer by Cal Poly's Dylan Royer, the Tigers worked the clock for a last shot. McCloud's jumper from the right corner with just over 2 seconds left was off the mark but Fulton was there to grab the rebound and hit the game-winner from about five feet away.

Tony Gill led the 21-12 Tigers with 20 points on a perfect 4 for 4 effort from beyond the arc. Fulton finished with 12 points, but none more important than the final two.

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