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College Roundup: Elegado, Balbierz spark Poly women to OT win at Long Beach State

Ariana Elegado led the Cal Poly women’s basketball team to a 107-102 overtime win at Long Beach State on Saturday.

The Mustangs (9-8, 3-1 Big West) took control in overtime, outscoring the 49ers 16-11.

Cal Poly gave up a 10-point lead with nine minutes left in regulation, and the game was sent into overtime when Long Beach State’s Hallie Menees made a 3-pointer with one second left on the clock to tie the score at 91.

Elegado scored a team-high 30 points, going 11 of 22 from the floor and making four of five free throws. Elegado also had six assists.

Molly Schlemer had 16 points and 10 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season. Jonae Ervin added 17 points, and Beth Balbierz came off the bench to score 16.

Cuesta 69, Santa Barbara 65

Miriam Zabinsky led the Cougars with 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Morgan Liebscher and Katie Rodriguez added 13 and 12 points, respectively, in the home win.

Cuesta (18-3, 3-1 Western State Conference North Division) led by six points at halftime.

The Vaqueros (9-8, 1-2) stayed in the game as Cuesta went 3 for 8 at the free-throw line in the first half and finished 14 of 23 overall.


Cuesta 79, Santa Barbara 66

Oscar Pedroso had a game-high 23 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists for the Cougars (15-7, 4-0 WSC North).

Cuesta led by two at halftime and pulled away in the second half as the Cougars finished 24 of 28 at the free-throw line.

In addition to Pedroso’s 23 points, Brett Hartshorne had 19 points and was 8 of 8 from the free-throw line for the Cougars.


Cal Poly 29, Menlo 9

The Mustangs were led by Devon Lotito’s (133 pounds) first-period fall as he pinned Juan Zorrilla of Menlo in 1 minute, 29 seconds.

Cal Poly also had major decisions by Luke McDonald (157) and Nicolas Johnson (197) to help even the team’s dual meet record at 3-3.

McDonald wrestled for the first time since Dec. 22 at the Reno Tournament of Champions and had three takedowns en route to a 13-1 win.

Johnson had two takedowns, three escapes and five near-fall points for his third win of the season.

Other Cal Poly winners included Britain Longmire (125), Kyle Chene (149), Kent Beecham (174) and Sean Dougherty (184).


Fresno State 4, Cal Poly 3

The Mustangs (0-2) pushed all six singles matches to three sets, but the Bulldogs pulled through.

Cal Poly had two singles wins as Corey Pang defeated Eric Komati 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, and Gannon Daynes defeated Ethan Lopez 4-6, 6-5, 6-2.

Cal Poly won the doubles points by taking two of three matches, including a 6-3 win by the Mustangs’ top team of Marco Comuzzo and Matt Thomson over Sam McNeil and John Darmstaedter, 6-3.