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Cal Poly Men’s Basketball Falls Short in Second Half at Washington

SEATTLE – Senior guard Ridge Shipley (above) led four Cal Poly men's basketball players in double-digit scoring figures with 14 points Tuesday evening, but the Mustangs – after leading Washington by one at halftime – were outscored 41-24 in the second half and fell inside Alaska Airlines Arena, 77-61.

Guards Ridge Shipley and Donovan Fields each finished with 13 points for Cal Poly (5-7), which led Washington (6-5) at halftime 37-36 before being held to just four field goals during the opening 14 minutes of the second half. Cal Poly shot 41.9 (13-for-31) percent from the floor in the first half and 50.0 (9-for-18) percent from three-point range before being held to a 23.5 (8-for-34) percent figure in the second half and just one three-pointer. Washington, meanwhile, shot 46.2 (12-for-26) percent from the floor in each half.

Junior forward Luke Meikle scored 11 points for Cal Poly, which forced Washington into 14 turnovers.

Cal Poly reconvenes a six-game road trip when visiting Grand Canyon on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.

Shipley connected on a pair of three-pointers and a layup inside the opening five minutes to help Cal Poly reverse an early 7-3 deficit. As a team, Cal Poly forced Washington into six turnovers through the first seven minutes to lead 14-9.

Washington managed to force the game's third deadlocked scoreline at 20-20 before Mustang sophomore forward Kuba Niziol broke the tie with his second three-pointer in as many possessions. Toth then followed with his third three-pointer of the half to spur a 12-2 run that handed the Mustangs a 32-22 lead with four-and-a-half minutes remaining in the half.

The Huskies recovered to hold Cal Poly without a field goal for the ensuing three minutes and close the deficit to 32-30. Fields stopped the Husky run with his third three-pointer of the half, but Washington guard Markelle Fultz sank a layup 12 seconds before the break as Cal Poly took a 37-36 lead into halftime.

Washington opened up a 46-41 lead to begin the second half before consecutive layups from Toth and Shipley helped Cal Poly tie the game once more with 13 minutes left.

The Huskies, however, kept Cal Poly to just one field goal during the next six minutes and – through a 12-2 run – built the game's first double-digit lead at 58-48 en route to victory.