Rick Cardoso's career night wasn't enough to put the Cal State Stanislaus men's basketball team over the top.
The Warriors lost another heartbreaker, 90-83 to Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday at the Otter Sports Center in Seaside. It was the Warriors' ninth loss by 10 points or less this season.
Cardoso had his third double-double of the season with 23 points and 19 rebounds -- both career highs -- and Heath Colvin scored 21 points for Stanislaus, which dropped to 4-16 overall and 3-10 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Monterey Bay (7-12, 6-7 CCAA) won its fifth straight game and used a late second-half push to get by the Warriors. The Otters were led by Steve Monreal with 21 points. D'Shon Cannon had 18 and Jose Sanchez chipped in 17.
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While the Warriors dominated the boards 44-28, they turned the ball over 20 times against Monterey Bay's six. Stanislaus also cooled down in the second half, shooting just 35 percent after connecting on 63 percent of its shots in the first half.
Stanislaus started the game red-hot, connecting on nearly 70 percent of its shots in the early going, and led by 12 points eight minutes into the game.
J.R. Cassita scored eight points in 90 seconds, including two 3-pointers, to give the Warriors the 23-11 lead. Cassita finished with 17 points -- his second highest total of the season.
JC Men's Basketball
MJC 71, SANTA ROSA 68, at Santa Rosa -- With three consecutive Big 8 Conference victories, the Pirates are right back in the playoff hunt. Brian Bergersom scored nine points in the final 90 seconds, including a 3-pointer and four free throws. He scored 18 points.
Marvin Jefferson led the Pirates (15-11, 4-6 Big 8) with 28 points and nine rebounds. Chris Teevan had 15 assists and scored his lone basket late to keep Modesto ahead.
STANISLAUS 74, MONTEREY BAY 67, at Seaside -- Shristy Kumar led the Warriors with 17 points, Lysandra Williams added 16 and freshman Katie Busi turned in the second double-double of her career with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Warriors (6-13, 4-9 CCAA) beat the Otters for the second time this season, keeping alive their hopes of making the inaugural CCAA championship tournament. CSUS is just a game behind eighth-place Cal State L.A. -- the top eight teams advance to the conference tournament.
Cal State Monterey Bay (2-17, 1-12 CCAA) was led by Dana Andrews' 24 points.
JC Women's Basketball
SACRAMENTO CITY 80, MJC 66, at Sacramento -- It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Pirates (16-11, 5-5 Big 8), who dropped their fourth game in a row. Modesto got as close as nine in the second half after trailing 50-25 at intermission.
Sughey Cervantes had 15 points, Connie Gomes 12 points and five steals and Kacey Ball 11 points for MJC. Five-foot-3 sophomore guard Morgan Hunter led Sac City (15-13, 5-5) with 15 points, all on 3-pointers.
MJC SWEEPS -- Solid pitching led to 5-2 and 5-0 Pirate victories over visiting Porterville.
Rachel Rebelo struck out seven and was backed up defensively in the first game.
Kacey Beard allowed just two hits and struck out 11 in the shutout. Missy Corral singled and doubled, stole a base and drove in two runs.
The Pirates (3-4) play a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Chabot in Hayward today.