Cosentino had 23 points and eight rebounds and hit a game-tying floater with 1.1 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. He then had six points in overtime, including a steal and layup with 2:38 left to give the Lancers the lead for good in a 77-70 victory over Cal State L.A.
The win keeps the Lancers perfect at 3-0 while the Golden Eagles fall to 1-2.
"We've been pretty focused in practice and have good chemistry," said Cosentino. "No one is selfish and we're playing hard on defense, and we know we'll have a good chance at winning if we do that."
CBU never trailed in overtime as it outscored the Golden Eagles 14-7, limiting them to just 2 for 8 from the floor.
For the third straight game, the Lancers had four players in double figures. Luke Evans had 12 points and seven rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Anthony Romero finished 11 points, and Ivan Patterson had 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
James Tillman led Cal State L.A. with 23 points as well and hit a short jumper to give the Golden Eagles a 60-57 lead with 1:53 left in regulation. They kept the lead for the next 1:52.
After Trevor Wiseman went 1 for 2 at the free throw line with 15 seconds left, Cosentino got the ball on the left wing, drove into the paint and floated a ball over the outstretched arm of 6-foot-9 center Jordan Richards and sent the game to overtime.
"The play wasn't for me actually, but I had a good look," said Cosentino. "I tried to get to the rack and I knew the big guy was going to try to block it so I just tried to get it over the top of him and it went in."
CBU used a 14-3 run capped by a Romero 3-pointer to open the game's largest lead, 50-40, with 12 minutes remaining. The Golden Eagles, though, ramped up the pressure and responded with 10 straight to tie the game. The Lancers opened a 57-52 lead, but Cal State L.A. scored six straight and Richard gave them a 58-57 lead with 2:45 left. They kept the lead until Cosentino's heroics.
Patterson scored the Lancers' first four points of overtime with a pair of free throws and a 15-foot baseline jumper. Romero followed Cosentino's layup with a corner triple to put the Lancers ahead 72-67.
Joshua Munzon sank Cal State L.A.'s first 3-pointer of the game with 1:05 left in overtime to get the Golden Eagles within 73-70, but those the Golden Eagles' final points of the night.
The Lancers made 5 of 8 in overtime and finished the game shooting 44.8 percent. They were also a combined 8 for 10 from the line in the second half and overtime.
Andrew Fisk had a game-high nine rebounds to go along with seven points and three assists. Kevin Crabb had seven points, eight rebounds and four assists in 15 minutes off the bench. In all, the Lancers had 20 assists on 30 field goals and they outrebounded the Golden Eagles 48-38.
- This is the Lancers' first-ever win over Cal State L.A. in four games in Riverside.
- CBU is now 70-21 at home since 2006-07.
- Cosentino is the third Lancer to register a 20-point game this year (Fisk, Evans).
- Head Coach Tim Collns (183 wins) now needs 17 to become CBU's all-time leader in wins.
- Patterson's eight assists is a career-high.
- Evans now has 1,040 career points, 24th all-time in CBU history (30 away from 22nd).
- Evans (550 rebounds) needs 26 rebounds to move into the Lancers' career top 10 list.