SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. --- Four Sacramento State players scored in double-figures and the Hornets withstood a furious run by Cal Poly in the second half to claim a 73-66 victory at Mott Gym Saturday night.
Derek Lambeth finished the game with 12 points and nine rebounds. He was also 8-for-9 from the free throw line.
With the win, the Hornets are 3-3 overall. The victory also ended a 39-game road losing streak which dated back to a 65-57 win at Nevada in the third game of the 1999-2000 season. The Mustangs fell to 1-4.
Junior Tony Champion led the quartet with 14 points and six rebounds. The Oakland, Calif., native has now scored at least 11 points in each of the past three games. Prior to this season, Champion had only scored 10 points once. Senior Derek Lambeth added 12 points and nine rebounds while senior Jimmy White and freshman Chris Lange each contributed 11 points.
Sacramento State led throughout the contest and seized control midway through the first half with a 21-1 run to build a 45-20 advantage. The Mustangs scored just one field goal during the 9-minute, 50-second stretch and trailed 45-22 at the break. The Hornets made 54 percent of their floor shots in the opening half while holding Cal Poly to 29 percent.
The Mustangs opened the second half with a 9-0 run to get back into the game and slowly whittled the deficit to as little as two points, 64-62, after a basket by Steve Geary with 3:53 remaining in the game. However, Lambeth made four free throws and Champion added a pair to help seal the game for the Hornets. Lange added the final touches with one second left, throwing down a dunk off a pass from DaShawn Freeman.
Senior guard Steve Geary scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the second half for Cal Poly. Junior center Varnie Dennis added 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Sacramento State returns to the court on Tuesday Dec. 10 against San Jose State. The game will tip off at 7:05 p.m. in Hornet Gym.