It wasn't pretty, but El Camino College will take its 84-62 South Coast Conference victory over Golden West College in Huntington Beach.
The Warriors, ranked second in the state, hit poorly from the free-throw line and committed numerous turnovers but managed to get by the pesky Rustlers in a physical contest that sometimes bordered on sloppy.
The Warriors, who hit just 10 of 19 free-throw tries, relied on their floor game to win. El Camino, which used four three-point shots in the first half to keep the Rustlers at bay, opened the game by hitting 12 of 15 field-goal attempts.
El Camino, 3-0 in the conference and 19-1 overall, ran its win streak to nine games. Golden West (10-9 overall) lost for the third consecutive time in conference play.