The Cuesta College men’s basketball team overcame a slow start and defeated L.A. Pierce 75-70 on Saturday in San Luis Obispo.
The Cougars (15-6, 2-0 Western State Conference) shot just 32 percent in the first half and trailed 36-30 at halftime.
However, powered by 10-of-32 shooting from 3-point range, the Cougars rallied for the win.
Roberto Mantovani put up a double-double for the Cougars, with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Karem Ozel added 17 points, and Evgeniy Moiseev had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
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Shirley Montel had 29 points to lead L.A. Pierce (7-12, 0-2 WSC).
Cuesta travels to Santa Barbara City College for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday.