SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Junior guard Marcellus Garrick (above), making his unofficial Mustang debut, came off the bench to score 18 points as Cal Poly defeated Cal State East Bay 72-66 in an exhibition men's basketball game Thursday night inside Mott Athletics Center.
Garrick, from Columbia, South Carolina, and a transfer from Hancock College in nearby Santa Maria, made six of nine floor shots, including a trio of three-pointers and three of five free throws.
Game-high scoring honors went to Cal State East Bay's Druce Asah with 29 points as he made 11 of 16 floor shots, including seven of nine from three-point range. Jelani Mitchell added 10 points off the bench.
Cal State East Bay, from the Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association, sprinted to an early 8-2 lead before Cal Poly established control of the game with a 20-2 run and a 22-12 advantage. Garrick capped the run with a three-pointer with 8:35 remaining in the first half.
The Mustangs settled for a 32-31 edge at the break.
In the early moments of the second half, the game was tied four times and the lead changed hands four times as well before Cal Poly snapped a 46-46 tie with an 8-0 run. Fields converted a three-point play and Garrick hit a three-pointer and followed with a fast break layup for a 54-46 Mustang lead with 10:34 to go.
Cal State East Bay pulled to within two points on a pair of occasions, but could never gain the upper hand the rest of the way as Cal Poly made eight of 14 free throws over the final two minutes.
Cal Poly outrebounded the visiting Pioneers 39-37, led by Martin with 10 and Hank Hollingsworth with six. Kyle Frakes grabbed eight boards for Cal State East Bay.
Both teams made 38 percent of their floor shots, but Cal Poly connected on 29 of 40 free throws while Cal State East Bay went to the line just 14 times, making eight.
The Mustangs turned the ball over only eight times, three fewer than the Pioneers.
The only double-digit lead of the game was Cal Poly's 10-point 22-12 advantage midway through the first half.
Cal Poly officially opens its 2017-18 season next Friday at Stanford. The Mustangs also play at Cal on Sunday, Nov. 12. Both contests will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.