SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Junior point guard Donovan Fields tallied 17 points and a career-high 11 assists, the most in the Joe Callero Era, as Cal Poly withstood a Pepperdine rally midway through the second half for a 91-81 victory in a non-conference men's basketball game Saturday night inside Mott Athletics Center.
Fields (pictured above) made five of 10 floor shots and was six of six from the free throw line, raising his season total to a nation-leading 25 of 25, for the Mustangs, who evened their season record at 4-4.
Pepperdine, which fell to 2-6 and was making just its second trip to San Luis Obispo in 64 years, was paced by forward Kameron Edwards and guard Colbey Ross, each with 21 points.
Cal Poly produced five double-digit scorers for the first time this season. Junior guard Marcellus Garrick led the way with a career-high 20 points, junior forward Jakub Niziol added 14 off the bench, sophomore forward Hank Hollingsworth had a career-high 12 and senior forward Luke Meikle 11.
Cal Poly missed its first four floor shots before Meikle scored the first six Mustang points of the game. There were six lead changes during a 2-minute, 45-second span midway through the first half before Cal Poly went on an 8-0 run for a 25-17 advantage. Junior guard Trevor John capped the spurt with a three-pointer with 7:31 to play before intermission.
The Mustangs settled for a 37-34 lead at the break.
Cal Poly opened up a trio of 10-point leads, its biggest of the game at the time, the last at 50-40 four minutes into the second half before Pepperdine went on a 15-2 run for a 55-52 lead with 11:52 to play.
After a pair of ties, Garrick gave Cal Poly the lead back for good with a three-pointer for a 60-59 Mustang advantage with 8:46 to play. Another three-pointer by Garrick resulted in an 84-74 Mustang lead with 2:12 to go and Cal Poly would lead by eight to 12 points the rest of the way.
Hollingsworth recorded his second career double-double, adding a team-high 10 rebounds to his dozen points and also was credited with four blocked shots. Cal Poly outrebounded the visiting Waves 31-28.
The Mustangs made 60 percent of their second-half field goal attempts and finished with 52.6 percent efficiency from the floor, including 11 of 27 three-pointers (41 percent). Pepperdine connected on 52.7 percent of its floor shots but was just two of 11 from three-point range.
The Mustangs scored 17 points off Pepperdine turnovers and received 29 points from its bench, compared to just 17 for the Waves. Cal Poly turned the ball over a season-low eight times.
The Mustangs also play at home the next two Saturdays, hosting Fresno State next Saturday night and Princeton in two weeks, both games tipping off at 7 p.m.