Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Kyle Odister buried two foul shots with 12 seconds left as Cal Poly overcame an 18-point deficit to upset No. 11 UCLA, 70-68, Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.
Odister finished with 15 points off the bench while Dylan Royer sank a career-high six three-pointers for 18 points for the Mustangs (2-2), who defeated the Bruins for the first time in six meetings.
Brian Bennett added a career-high 16 points, Chris Eversley had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Chris O’Brien issued a career-best eight assists for the Mustangs.
Freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 points and 10 rebounds, Travis Wear had 14 points and Jordan Adams tallied 13 for the Bruins, who dropped to 4-2.
After a close first half where the Bruins led by just 29-27, Wear scored seven points to spark UCLA’s 22-6 attack to take a 51-33 lead.
Undaunted, Cal Poly retaliated with a 15-4 run behind Odister’s two three-pointers to bring the Mustangs to within 57-48. Later, the Mustangs tied the game at 63 behind Royer’s three-pointer.
Cal Poly finally took the lead, 67-65, after a tip-in by Eversley before Odister sank a foul shot to make it 68-65.
Larry Drew split his charities and Jordan Adams made a layup with 20 seconds left to tie the game at 68.
Odister drew a foul from Norman Powell and sank two pressure-packed charities to give Cal Poly the lead with 12 ticks on the clock.
The Bruins had two chances to win the game but Powell and Adams both missed their three-point attempts as time expired.
In related development, the Bruins have released junior guard Tyler Lamb from the men’s basketball program upon his request.
Lamb will transfer at the conclusion of the fall quarter and conclude his college career at another school.
Lamb missed four weeks of practice prior to UCLA’s 2012-13 season opener after having undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Oct. 9.
The 6 -5 guard from Covina, Calif., returned to action against Indiana State on Nov. 9 and scored four points in 14 minutes.
“However, I believe that it is in my best interest to find a new destination where I can continue to grow, both as a person and as a basketball player,” Lamb said in a statement.