TURLOCK -- With one winning season in the last five years, these have not been fat times for the CSU Stanislaus men's basketball team.
Yet even in that stretch, the Warriors always have been able to count on picking up a win against San Francisco State, having claimed four in a row and seven of their last 10 meetings with the Gators.
Even that has changed. San Francisco is off to a 7-3 start this season, a quick start that included Friday night's 88-78 victory at Warrior Arena.
Stanislaus, which plays host to CSU Monterey Bay in a women's and men's doubleheader tonight, fell to 2-8 with its fifth consecutive loss. The Warriors are 1-2 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. The Gators are 2-1 in the CCAA.
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The Gators jumped out to a 20-10 lead through the opening 10 minutes, but really took control in the final three minutes of the first half. Guard Robert Hayes spurred a 14-3 run with two 3-pointers, including a fade-away bomb at the buzzer, to give SFSU a 46-26 halftime lead.
San Francisco never let up, particularly when its starting five was on the court. The Gators' first line went 29-for-49 from the floor, including 9-for-14 from 3-point range, and committed only nine turnovers.
Hayes and Chris Rodriguez finished with 20 points apiece to lead San Francisco, while Heath Colvin had 17 points and Calvin Westbrook 14 for the Warriors, who scored the final 11 points of the game to make the final appear close.
STANISLAUS 92, SAN FRANCISCO 88 (2OT) -- Aleta Stamps' steal and three-point play at the end of the first overtime gave the Warriors an extra five minutes of life, and her steals on back-to-back Gator possessions late in the second overtime sealed the Warriors' first conference victory of the season.
"It just feels good to help out the team and for us to get a win we really needed," said Stamps, a sophomore guard from Sacramento who needed only 14 minutes of action to record career highs with 14 points and six steals.
Stanislaus (3-6, 1-2 CCAA) squandered a 10-point lead in the final nine minutes of regulation, and trailed 80-75 in the final minute of the first overtime. But Christin Gowan hit two free throws with 55 seconds left, then Stamps converted a steal into the game-tying three-point play with 43.5 seconds left.
"Aleta's the kid who can come off the bench and put a lot of pressure on the ball," said Warriors' coach Sharon Turner-Dean. "We put her in late in that game because we needed someone to take the ball to the basket."
San Francisco (4-6, 1-2) trailed 89-87 in the second overtime when Stamps stole the ball and fed to Gowan, who was fouled. The East Union High School graduate hit one of two free throws, but Stamps came up with another steal before the Gators had the chance to attempt a game-tying 3-pointer.
Krystle Mays led SFSU with 20 points. Former Ceres High and Modesto Junior College standout Krystle Brown started for the Gators and had six points. Lysandra Williams led Stanislaus with 21 points, while Shristy Kumar had 19, Gowan 15 and Katie Busi 14.