LA JOLLA — The Cal State Stanislaus men's basketball team parlayed a strong second half into a 77-67 victory over UC San Diego Saturday night at RIMAC Arena to conclude a 2-0 road trip.
Ray Mitchell scored 20 points and Nick Hodge added 17 as the Warriors improved to 3-5 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and 6-6 overall while extending their win streak over the Tritons (3-8, 2-6 CCAA) to five games. All three of CSUS' conference victories have come on the road and five of their six wins overall.
The Warriors trailed by 10 points at the half but caught fire from the field in the second half, outscoring UCSD 53-33 on 65.2 percent shooting and converting 21 of their 26 free throw attempts.
Marcus Walters chipped in 14 points, and Sam Marcus added 11 points and seven assists for Stanislaus.
The Warriors will return to Southern California for two more games next weekend at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Los Angeles.
STANISLAUS WOMEN FALL Lauren Godde won the head-to-head scoring battle between two of the top scorers in the CCAA, but it wasn't enough as the Cal State Stanislaus women's basketball team dropped an 87-60 decision to UC San Diego.
Godde scored 20 points on 10-of-18 shooting, the fourth time this season she's finished with 20 or more points in a game and the second time in three games. Godde also contributed on the glass, pulling down eight rebounds, a total matched by sister Erin Godde. Briana Cotton scored 16 points.
Cal State Stanislaus, which lost its 19th straight to UCSD, fell to 1-7 in the CCAA, 2-11 overall.
COLUMBIA TOPS PORTERVILLE, at Columbia With Porterville up 57-55, Columbia closed the game on a 21-6 run to close out a 76-63 victory that gave the Claim Jumpers a share of first place in the Central Valley Conference with Fresno City.
Turlock High graduate Matt Ruesga led Columbia (2-0 CVC, 7-9) with with 16 points, while Enochs High grad Matt Iles finished with eight points, including two key 3-pointers in just his second game back from injury.