In the first half, the Cuesta College men’s basketball team looked like a team coming off a 10-day stretch without a game, and although the Cougars would eventually charge back to take a slim lead over Consumnes River, they fell victim to foul trouble and lost 75-64 on Thursday.
The Cougars (2-2) opened the Mendocino College basketball tournament against the Hawks, a team that finished last season ranked third in the state.
Cuesta, which averages just over 25 3-point attempts per game on the year, couldn’t find a way to get it going in the first half, shooting 26 percent from the field (9 for 35) and just 1 of 6 from long range.
Three of Cuesta’s five starters were in foul trouble throughout the game, culminating in forward Sam Milhous fouling out.
Matte Kramer hit five 3s for the Cougars to lead the way with 26 points.