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Loyola Marymount Hands Cal Poly 67-48 Defeat

Loyola Marymount Hands Cal Poly 67-48 Defeat

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Freshman guard Maliik Love led all players with a career-high 16 points and senior guard Shawn Lewis added 13, but the Cal Poly men's basketball program opened a five-game road trip on Saturday evening with a 67-48 loss versus Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion.

Junior center Will Donahue added a game-high nine rebounds for Cal Poly (3-4), which was limited to a 36.2 percent field goal mark and failed to lead at any point. Loyola Marymount (4-5), which evened the season series at a victory apiece following Cal Poly's 55-48 home triumph on Nov. 24, outrebounded the Mustangs, 39-24.

A Lewis dunk one minute into action accounted for Cal Poly's only field goal during the team's initial 11 attempts and the Mustangs were ultimately held scoreless for a six-minute, 15-second span.

Trailing by nine points eight minutes into action, Cal Poly utilized a layup by junior forward David Hanson and a three-pointer from freshman guard Ben Kelly – his first collegiate points – to close the deficit to 14-10.

Loyola Marymount, however, received consecutive layups from senior guard Vernon Teel and, fortified by a 9-for-10 first-half performance from the free throw line, ultimately led at intermission, 29-21. The 21 points ranked as the lowest first-half output of the season for Cal Poly, which was held to a 29.3 percent performance from the floor.

The Mustangs wasted little time in rectifying the situation, however. Sophomore guard Chris O'Brien opened the second half by picking off a pass from Loyola Marymount forward Ashley Hamilton and dunking at the other end of the court. Lewis followed with a three-pointer as the Mustangs drew within three points of the Loyola Marymount lead, but Cal Poly's run was brief. The Lions responded with a 16-3 run to snatch a 45-29 lead with 10 minutes remaining and Cal Poly closed to within 13 points of the Loyola Marymount advantage on two occasions.

Following the lengthiest hiatus of the year, Cal Poly resumes its five-game road trip at UCLA on Saturday, Dec. 11. The visit to historic Pauley Pavilion marks Cal Poly's first trip to UCLA since Jan. 29, 1955.