The Cuesta College men’s basketball team won 106-70 over visiting Oxnard on Saturday night to earn a share of the Western State Conference Northern Division title.
Tayler Thompson had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars (19-8, 9-2 WSC-North), who jumped out to 48-31 halftime lead before coasting to victory.
“We played like champions tonight,” Cuesta head coach Rusty Blair said. “Daniel Solis was huge in his 20 minutes off the bench and really epitomized the effort put forth by our team as a whole.”
Solis made all four field goals and all four free throws h took on his way to a 15-point performance, adding six rebounds and four steals.
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Arroyo Grande High graduate DeSean Scott had a team-high 27 points and five rebounds for Oxnard before fouling out.
The Cougars are now a game ahead of L.A. Pierce for first place in the division race with one regular season game left and would finish the season with the outright title with a win Wednesday against Moorpark.
Cal Poly 58, Long Beach State 57, OT
Ariana Elegado’s go-ahead basket with three seconds remaining gave Cal Poly the road win and moved them into a tie for second place in the Big West Conference with Long Beach State (20-5, 7-4).
The Mustangs (12-11, 7-4) made up a six-point halftime deficit three minutes into the second half, taking a lead they would hold until the final three minutes of regulation.
Long Beach State took a 51-48 lead on a 3-pointer, its last basket of regulation, before Beth Balbierz hit the only 3-pointer of the game for the Mustangs in the final two minutes to force overtime.
Hannah Gilbert had a game-high 16 points, while Dynn Leaupepe had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Cuesta 87, Oxnard 41
Falecia Cabral had a game-high 18 points as the Cougars had four players in double figures in the home win.
Cuesta led 44-15 at halftime.
Kaylee Williams (16 points), Jerrica Crosby (14), and Kendra Losa (10) were the other players to score in double figures for the Cougars (23-6, 9-2 WSC North).
Baylor 8, Cal Poly 6
After scoring five runs to take a 6-5 lead, the Mustangs gave up two unearned runs in the sixth inning on a two-run single to give Baylor the lead for good and lose by the same score for the second straight game.
Cal Poly (0-2) had a four-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-run home run by Zack Zehner. Brett Barbier gave the Mustangs a short-lived lead with a solo home run in sixth.
Slater Lee started the game but pitched only two innings, giving up three runs. Kyle Smith relieved Lee, giving up four runs over three innings with seven strikeouts in the loss.
Barbier was 3 for 5 with two RBI.
Saddleback 11, Cuesta 2
The Cougars (2-7) fell at home.
The score was 1-0 in Saddleback’s favor until the sixth inning, when the Gauchos rattled off seven runs for an 8-0 lead.
The Cougars responded with a pair of runs in the seventh inning but couldn’t manage any more to overcome the deficit.
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Cal Poly (4-5) lost both of its games in the second day of the tournament, falling to Alabama, second in last year’s College World Series, 1-0 in eight innings and Pacific 6-3.
Sierra Hyland pitched 7 2⁄3 scoreless innings against Alabama before it scored on a sacrifice fly.
Against Pacific, Lindsey Chalmers gave up five of her six runs in the second inning.
Hyland and Garcia went 2 for 3 against Pacific.
Mt. St. Antonio 4, Cuesta 2
After tying the score at 1 in the fourth inning, the Cougars (3-5) were outscored 3-1 in the final three innings.
Atascadero High graduate Erin Pennington went 2 for 3 with two RBI, and Bre Ojala went 1 for 3 and scored twice.
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Kendall Nielson finished third at 39 feet, 4 1⁄2 inches in the women’s triple jump for the Mustangs in the meet in Seattle.
Danielle Bryan was second in the high jump at 5-8 for the Mustangs.