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Arizona Pulls Away from Cal Poly in Second Half of Sunday Matchup

TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior guard Marcellus Garrick led the Cal Poly men's basketball program with 16 points on Sunday afternoon, but a 20-0, seven-minute run from Arizona midway through the second half sent the Mustangs to an 82-61 defeat inside McKale Center.

Senior forward Kuba Niziol added nine points for Cal Poly (1-1), which twice cut its deficit to four points early in the second half before being kept scoreless for the seven-minute span.

All 10 Mustangs who appeared in Sunday's game scored for Cal Poly, including freshman forward Daxton Carr (five) and freshman guard Jared Rice (three), who notched their first collegiate points.

Sophomore forward Mark Crowe (above) led Cal Poly with five rebounds.

Cal Poly's seven-game road trip – the program's lengthiest in four seasons – continues on Friday, Nov. 16 versus Sacramento State. Tip-off time is 6 p.m.

In the first meeting between the two programs in five years and just the fourth overall matchup, a layup from forward Ira Lee provided the Wildcats an early 12-7 lead. The Mustangs though responded with a Garrick three-pointer and a layup from senior guard Donovan Fields to tie the game with 11-and-a-half minutes remaining in the opening half.

Arizona then required all of two minutes to sprint out to a 19-12 lead. Cal Poly trimmed its deficit to four points twice during the remainder of the first half with the second instance coming at 35-31 three minutes before the break on a dunk from freshman forward Tuukka Jaakkola. Garrick's third three-pointer of the opening half brought Cal Poly to a 39-34 deficit with 81 seconds left, but Arizona center Chase Jeter's layup in the final minute placed the Wildcats up at half, 41-34.

The Mustangs twice more moved within four points of Arizona's lead early in the second half through a Niziol three-pointer and a Garrick jumper. Cal Poly, however, committed four of its 17 turnovers inside the opening four minutes of the second half to help fuel the 20-0 Arizona run that left the Mustangs in a 63-39 deficit with 12 minutes to play.

Photo courtesy of Chris Hook