Keeler scores 15 in Cal Poly’s 69-64 win over Pacific
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP)—Lorenzo Keeler scored 15 points to lead Cal Poly to a 69-64 victory over Pacific in a Big West Conference game Monday night.
Cal Poly blew a 16-point halftime advantage midway through the second half, but the Mustangs took the lead back with a late 10-2 run and sealed the win with four consecutive free throws by Chaz Thomas in the final 15 seconds.
Trae Clark had 14 points for Cal Poly (8-11, 3-4 Big West). Dreshawn Vance had 12 points and Matt Hanson scored 11 for the Mustangs.
Steffan Johnson had game-high totals of 21 points and seven assists for Pacific (14-6, 5-2 Big West). Joe Ford scored 11 for the Tigers and Casey Neimeyer came off the bench to score 14 points with a game-high six rebounds.
Pacific outscored Cal Poly 32-13 to begin the second half and led 57-54 with 4:41 to play. But a 3-pointer by Hanson and four free throws by Clark put the Mustangs ahead 64-59 with 50 seconds remaining and they held on from there.
Cal Poly won the game at the free throw line, where the Mustangs made 26 of 28 shots. Pacific was 12 of 20 from the line.
Cal Poly began the game with a 15-3 run, but Pacific quickly cut that deficit to three points and later trailed 26-21 with 6:10 remaining in the first half.
With Vance scoring repeatedly inside, the Mustangs answered with another 15-3 run on their way to a commanding 41-25 halftime lead.
But Pacific began the second half with a 20-3 run to take back the lead with 10:20 remaining before Cal Poly responded.