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Cal Poly-SLO 84, Cleveland St. 67

February 20, 1996

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Ben Larson opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and then led Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo with 18 points as the Mustangs beat Cleveland State 84-67 Monday night.

Cal Poly-SLO improved to 15-10 with the non-conference win. Cleveland State’s woes continued; the Vikings fell to 5-19.

After Cal Poly-SLO jumped ahead early on, Cleveland State rallied in the first half to lead 28-24 with 8:27 left when Derrick Zeigler made two free throws. Zeigler led the Vikings with 20 points.

Larson’s jumper with 7:13 left put Cal Poly-SLO ahead 30-28, and the Mustangs led the rest of the game. The Larson basket was part of a 15-2 run that set the tone. Cal Poly-SLO led 49-35 at halftime.

Cleveland State’s Corey Robinson hit a jump shot with 7:11 left to cut the Cal Poly-SLO lead to eight points, but that’s as close as the Vikings would get.

Shanta Cotright scored 13 points for Cal Poly-SLO. Cleveland State’s Eric Nichelson had 14 points.

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