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Cal Poly Tops Barking Abbey, 75-61; Improves to 2-0 on London Tour

Cal Poly Tops Barking Abbey, 75-61; Improves to 2-0 on London Tour

LONDON – Junior forward Nolan Taylor scored a team high 13 points and freshman guard Colby Rogers (above) added 11 as the Cal Poly men's basketball program improved to 2-0 during its four-game London Tour with a 75-61 victory against Barking Abbey Basketball Academy U-19s Wednesday afternoon.

Barking Abbey competes in National League Division 1, the second tier of competition in England and Scotland. They share the division with Cal Poly's Saturday, Sept. 7 opponent, Team Solent Kestrels.

The Mustangs opened their 2019 London Tour with an 81-69 victory against the British Basketball League's Surrey Scorchers Tuesday evening.

Cal Poly resumes tour action on Friday, Sept. 6 against defending British Basketball League and BBL Cup champions London Lions. Tip time from Copper Box Arena – a venue used during the 2012 Olympics – is 11 a.m. PT (7 p.m. local).

Junior Mark Crowe finished with 10 points for Cal Poly, which broke an early 5-5 deadlock with a 10-0 run midway through the opening quarter. Barking Abbey closed its deficit to 17-15 early in the second period, but back-to-back three-pointers from Rogers pushed the Mustang lead back to eight points.

Holding a 25-20 advantage with seven minutes remaining in the second period, Cal Poly closed the half with a 17-9 run to take a 42-29 into the break.

It was Barking Abbey that scored the opening seven points of the second half before Mustang graduate guard Jamal Smith stemmed the run with a layup. Sophomore guard Junior Ballard followed with a free throw before senior forward Hank Hollingsworth added a layup to further Cal Poly's lead to 47-36 with five-and-a-half minutes to go in the quarter.

The Mustangs eventually took a 56-49 lead into the third-quarter break before scoring the initial six points of the fourth quarter – a stretch capped by Rogers' third three-pointer of the afternoon as Cal Poly's lead stretched to 62-49.

The Mustangs maintained their double-digit lead the remainder of the game.