From this to Kansas.

With the unbeaten and third-ranked Jayhawks set to visit Haas Pavilion on Wednesday, Cal scrapped to a brain-numbing 51-41 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday afternoon, avoiding its first three-game home losing streak to non-conference opponents in the same season since 1972.

The Bears held the visitors from the Big West Conference to 4-for-26 shooting in the first half, yet led just 19-12. It never got much better than that.

No two ways about it, the game was ugly.

"To their credit, that's what they do," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said of Cal Poly's deliberate approach. "They make it difficult to play against them. I can only offer up as evidence UCLA and San Diego State."

Neither the Bruins nor 11th-ranked Aztecs could piece together works of art against Cal Poly, shooting a combined 7 for 39 from the 3-point line against the Mustangs' zone defense.

Everything, starting with the pace, will be different when Kansas visits the Berkeley campus for the first time since the 1956-57 season.

"Kansas is Kansas. They're really good," Montgomery said.

"It's a great opportunity to play against Kansas," said Cal senior Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who equalled his career high with 15 points to go with 10 rebounds. "Everybody knows they're a good team . . . but they're beatable."

"It's big not only for our team but our conference," freshman guard Gary Franklin said. "We have something to prove playing ranked teams."


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The Bears (6-4) had trouble enough with the Mustangs (3-7), who were held to their low point total since the 2008-09 season opener.

Cal Poly tied the game at 39-all when Chris O'Brien was credited with a basket on a goaltending call against Harper Kamp with 3:37 left.

Cal freshman Allen Crabbe, scoreless to that point, responded with the game's biggest shot. He fed the ball to Sanders-Frison on the left block, then got it back to deliver a 3-pointer with 2:55 left.

"We've been working on that all week, the inside-out (play)," Sanders-Frison said. "I took an extra dribble so (Crabbe) could get his feet set. I knew it was going in."

Sanders-Frison scored on a putback on Cal's next possession, Jorge Gutierrez made a 3-pointer and Kamp hit a pair of free throws, pushing the margin to 49-39 inside the final minute.

Sanders-Frison had his second career double-double despite practicing just once all week while allowing the plantar fasciitis in his two feet to calm a bit.

Kamp did a nice job defensively against Cal Poly's leading scorer, holding junior forward David Hanson to seven points on 3-for-16 shooting.

Former Bishop O'Dowd High star Shawn Lewis led the Mustangs with 16 points.

The Bears gave Franklin his most extensive look at point guard, flip-flopping him with Gutierrez, who moved off the ball for long stretches.