DAVIS – Senior guard Marcellus Garrick (above) and sophomore wing Mark Crowe each finished with a team high 16 points, but the Cal Poly men's basketball program – after leading UC Davis by nine points at halftime – was outscored by 20 points in the second half and dropped a 75-63 decision to the Aggies inside The Pavilion Saturday evening.
Senior guard Donovan Fields added 14 points for Cal Poly (4-12, 0-3), which led UC Davis (5-12, 1-2) at the half, 31-22, before the Aggies reeled off a 27-17 run out of the break to grab the lead for certain. UC Davis, 0-for-4 from three-point range in the first half, knocked down half of their 14 attempts in the second to outdistance Cal Poly.
Cal Poly returns home to open a two-game home stand against UC Riverside on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Tip time from Mott Athletics Center is 7 p.m.
During Saturday's matchup, UC Davis guard Joe Mooney helped the Aggies tie the game for a third time at 10-10 with 16 minutes remaining in the opening half. Cal Poly, however, broke the deadlock with a 12-2 run that was punctuated by a Hollingsworth dunk. The Aggies required just two possessions to close the gap to six points, but a layup from freshman Tuukka Jaakkola, a jumper by fellow forward Kuba Niziol and a layup from freshman guard Jared Rice handed Cal Poly a 28-16 advantage with six-and-a-half minutes to go in the opening half.
Cal Poly, which held UC Davis to just four field goals during the final 15 minutes of the first half and forced the Aggies into seven first-half turnovers, ultimately took the 31-22 lead into the break.
Garrick reaffirmed Cal Poly's double-digit lead with a three-pointer to open the second half. A Mooney three-pointer on the opposite end, however, kickstarted a 19-6 UC Davis run that swung the lead back toward the Aggies at 41-40 with 13-and-a-half minutes to play.
Crowe's third three-pointer of the evening on the ensuing possession handed the advantage back to Cal Poly and the two sides traded the lead three more times during the next three minutes before Mooney put the hosts up 49-48 with 10 minutes remaining.
Cal Poly still trailed 55-51 with seven minutes left when Garrick sank jumpers on back-to-back possessions to tie the matchup for the final time. UC Davis responded by holding Cal Poly scoreless for the next three minutes.