Tritons Edged in Overtime by Cal State Monterey Bay
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's basketball team saw its four-game win streak halted Friday as it was defeated, 78-76, in overtime by Cal State Monterey Bay at RIMAC Arena.
UC San Diego fell to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), while CSUMB improved to 4-6 on the year and an even 3-3 in conference play.
With 21 seconds remaining in regulation and the Tritons ahead by a score of 71-69, Jahvon Johnson made a layup to tie it and force overtime. Johnson struck again in the extra period, hitting another layup with 30 seconds left to put the Otters up 78-76. UCSD missed its final two shots of the game, a jumper with 18 seconds on the clock and a three-pointer with six ticks left.
Three Tritons scored in double figures as Christian Oshita finished with 18, Christian Bayne had 15, and Scott Everman totaled 13. Oshita and Eric Patton each grabbed seven rebounds, while Anthony Ballestero had three of the Tritons' eight three-pointers as well as three of their eight steals.
UCSD shot 42.6 percent (29-68) from the field. The Tritons turned the ball over just nine times, but the Otters capitalized by scoring 18 points off the miscues.
Cal State Monterey Bay was led by Johnson, who produced a game-high 23 points while dishing out five assists. Koen Sapwell, who hit six three-pointers, was just behind with 22 points and Gregg Polsky recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 boards.
The Otters shot 47.6 percent (30-63) for the game.
UC San Diego trailed by as many as five points in the opening half, but owned a 35-32 lead at the break after Everman drained a three-pointer just four seconds before the intermission. The Tritons pushed their lead to 10, their largest advantage of the game, after a pair of Bayne free throws made the score 48-38 with 14:25 left in the second half. At the 4:28 mark of the second, UCSD was up by seven when Oshita hit a trey to make it 68-61. However, Cal State Monterey Bay scored six-straight points and 10 of the final 13 of the half.
The game was tied nine times and had 12 lead changes. UCSD was ahead for just over 26 minutes.
It was the first overtime game for the Tritons since they defeated Sonoma State on March 1, 2016 in a CCAA Tournament quarterfinal match-up.
UC San Diego is now off for nine days, next playing at Cal State LA on Sunday, Dec. 17.