Feb 24, 2013 1:59 AM by Bill Halter
With the game tied at 60, Dylar Royer hit a three-pointer with .7 seconds left to hand Cal Poly a 63-60 non-conference home win against Loyola Marymount. The come from behind win improves the Mustangs to 13-12 overall and 11-1 at home. Loyola Marymount drops to 8-20.
After trailing 39-32 at the half, Cal Poly fought back to take a 46-45 lead with 12:29 to play. Loyola Marymount quickly regained a lead but the Mustangs tied it at 57 with 2:13 to play on a pair of free throws by senior guard Chris O'Brien. The Lions answered with a three pointer before junior forward Chris Eversley scored inside and was fouled. Eversley made the free throw to even the game at 60. Eversely scored 13 points after missing the last two games with an ankle injury.
Cal Poly forced a missed shot with 34 seconds left. After running the clock down, Royer attempted a three-pointer with five seconds left that missed but was rebounded by freshman Brian Bennet. Bennet attempted a hurried shot that was blocked out of bounds by the Lions. The Mustangs still had 2.7 seconds left, inbounding from underneath the basket. After a timeout, Cal Poly came out with junior point guard Jamal Johnson inbounding. Royer came off a screen and received the pass from Johnson in stride. The senior knocked down a three with .7 seconds left. Royer finished with 12 points and hit the Mustangs only two, three-pointers in the game on 18 attempts.
Following a timeout, Loyola Marymount guard Anthony Ireland hurled a potential game-tying three-point attempt from beyond midcourt that fell short as time expired.
Bennett finished with a career-high 23 points for the Mustangs on 9-11 shooting. Bennett, who came into the game ranked 47th nationally in field goal percentage is now at 54.5 percent. Bennet also finished the night 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
Johnson, who entered the game ranked 20th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (currently 2.86-to-1), tied a career high with eight assists against zero turnovers.
Cal Poly (8-6 in Big West) returns to Conference play on Thursday at Cal State Northridge (4-11) and on Saturday at Hawai'i (9-6).
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