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CSUN men’s basketball holds on for overtime win against Cal Poly

Sophomore guard Jerron Wilbut was instrumental in CSUN’s win against Cal Poly on Feb. 20, 2016, scoring 18 points. (File Photo / Patricia Perdomo / The Sundial)

CSUN men’s basketball (10-17 overall, 5-8 Big West) was able to get back in the win column against the Cal Poly Mustangs (10-16 overall, 4-9 Big West), surviving in overtime, 75-71.

The Matadors were lead by sixth-man and sophomore guard Jerron Wilbut. He scored 18 points on five-of-12 shooting including making four-of-six from the 3-point line.

The Matadors were able to edge out a victory with strong defense by collecting nine steals.

CSUN was also able to outshoot the Mustangs by making six-of-12 from the 3-point line and shoot a 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.

CSUN was able to rebound from the terrible 3-point shooting night they had against Hawaii, where the Matadors made only one-of-14 from three.

To begin the game, the Mustangs jumped out to an early 5-0 lead but the Matadors battled back to get within one, following a 3-pointer by Wilbut, to make the score 14-13 with less than 11 minutes left in the first half.

With more than nine minutes to go in the first half, junior guard Kendall Smith gave the Matadors a 16-15 lead on a drive to the basket.

The Matadors held a 32-31 lead heading into the half following a lay-up by senior forward Tre Hale-Edmerson.

CSUN began the second half on a 5-0 run that gave the Matadors a 37-31 lead following a three-pointer by Hale-Edmerson.

With about 11 minutes left in the second half, the Matadors stretched the lead to 55-41 after a pair of free-throws by junior guard Aaron Parks.

However, over the next 10 minutes, the Mustangs rallied and went on a 20-6 run to tie the game at 61, to force overtime.

In overtime, the Matadors traded baskets with the Mustangs while neither team was able to pull away considerably.

With a minute to go in overtime, the Matadors took a 69-68 lead on a lay-up by sophomore guard Micheal Warren. CSUN was able to keep the lead and win.

Next, the Matadors will play the University of California Santa Barbara Gauchos on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Matadome.

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