LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men’s basketball team had its six-game winning streak come to an end on Thursday night as the Tritons fell to Stanislaus State, 76-66, in overtime at RIMAC Arena.
Junior Christian Oshita scored a game-high 21 points with nine rebounds for the Tritons, while senior guard Anthony Ballestero made four 3-pointers to finish with a career-best 19 points and sophomore forward Scott Everman added 11 points.
With the loss, UC San Diego (12-6, 9-3 CCAA) dropped into third place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) standings.
“We had a lot of opportunities to get the result we wanted,” said UC San Diego head coach Eric Olen. “I think we played well for a lot of the game, but just weren’t able to finish.”
UC San Diego led by as many as 10 points in the first half and held Stanislaus State (12-6, 7-5) to just 13 percent shooting from 3-point range (2-for-15) on the night.
However, the Tritons shot 4-of-21 from 3-point range after halftime, while Stanislaus State had a 48-14 edge in points in the paint.
With the Tritons leading by five late in regulation, a layup by Stanislaus State’s Ty Davis while fouled cut the Tritons’ lead to two, 50-48. But a later offensive rebound by Eric Patton led to an Oshita three to push UC San Diego’s lead to 55-50.
A bucket inside by Stan State’s Xavier Francois knotted the score, 55-55, with 3:30 to go, and Andy Cleaves’ offensive rebound and put-back off a miss by Davis put the Warriors in front by two.
UCSD senior forward Michael Shoemaker was fouled at the other end and made both free throws to tie the game with 19.6 seconds remaining. With the clock running down, Davis’ step-back 3-point attempt came up short, sending the game into overtime.
Consecutive offensive rebounds and a bucket inside by Davis while fouled put Stanislaus State ahead, 60-57, to begin overtime. After two Ballestero free throws, Francois' floater in the lane pushed the Warriors' lead to 62-59.
A steal and layup by Cleaves followed by Richard Medina’s 3-pointer from the top of the key extended Stanislaus State’s advantage to 68-61 with 1:19 left to play.
“I thought (Stanislaus State) was the more physical team late in the game and in overtime,” said Olen. “They got offensive rebounds, points in the paint and took care of the ball. They did all the little things you need to do to win a close game.”
Up next, the Tritons play host to second-place city rival Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday, Jan. 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m.