NORTHRIDGE – Senior guard Marcellus Garrick (above) scored a team high 12 points and sophomore wing Mark Crowe grabbed a career high 10 rebounds, but the Cal Poly men's basketball program never led versus CSUN inside The Matadome Saturday evening and dropped an 83-65 decision.
Junior guard Job Alexander added 11 points for Cal Poly (5-15, 1-6), which enjoyed scoring from all 10 eligible players, outrebounded CSUN (10-13, 4-3), 42-38, and committed just seven turnovers. The Mustangs, however, shot just 45.5 (10-for-22) percent from the free throw line.
Cal Poly returns home to host UC Davis (Thursday, Feb. 7) and Long Beach State (Saturday, Feb. 9) inside Mott Athletics Center. Tip time both nights is 7 p.m.
During Saturday's matchup, a Garrick jumper trimmed Cal Poly's early deficit to 18-14, but CSUN answered by holding the Mustangs to just a dunk by junior forward Hank Hollingsworth during an ensuing four-minute span. That, coupled with a 14-2 run, helped CSUN double Cal Poly's output at 32-16 with eight minutes remaining in the half.
A jumper from senior guard Donovan Fields two-and-a-half minutes before the break helped Cal Poly lower its deficit to 41-33. CSUN, however, ultimately took a 45-33 lead into halftime.
Fields scored seven of Cal Poly's first nine points of the second half as the Mustangs quickly shortened their deficit to 49-42 with 16 minutes remaining.
Behind a putback basket from freshman forward Lamine Diane and three free throws by sophomore guard Terrell Gomez, however, CSUN quickly regained a double-digit lead.
Cal Poly brought its deficit down to 10 points three times down the stretch, but drew no closer.