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Pierce outlasts Vaqueros in OT, 79-69

Robert Hutchins hit 9-18 field goals and 3-7 on 3-pointers en route to 24 points, his 2nd-highest total of the season. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Robert Hutchins hit 9-18 field goals and 3-7 on 3-pointers en route to 24 points, his 2nd-highest total of the season. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

L.A. Pierce outscored visiting SBCC 12-2 in overtime on Wednesday night to record a 79-69 WSC North victory in Woodland Hills.

Robert Hutchins scored a game-high 24 points for the Vaqueros (6-14, 1-5), who shot 36.2 percent and were outrebounded 58-39. Pierce made 54.7 percent and grabbed 26 rebounds at the offensive end. Hutchins hit 9-18 from the field and 3-7 from 3-point country.

Evan Tillman, a 6-8 freshman, added 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while Tejon Williams had 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals. Williams played all 45 minutes and committed 11 of his team's 21 turnovers. Cody Williams recorded season highs in rebounds (8) and blocks (3).

The Vaqueros trailed the Brahmas 36-31 at intermission. Santa Barbara dropped in 7-of-27 on 3-pointers compared to 2-11 for the home team but was minus-7 in free throws (12-13 to 19-29). Pierce enjoyed its biggest lead at 51-39 but the Vaqueros ended regulation on a 28-16 run to tie the game at 67.

Montel Shirley topped Pierce (9-14, 2-4) with 18 points. Sophomore guard Kaelan Hicks had a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds, including 11 offensive.

SBCC will play four of its last six at home, starting with Saturday's 7 p.m. game vs. Hancock.