BAKERSFIELD HOT FROM DISTANCE IN 74-66 WIN OVER MEN’S BASKETBALL
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Four Roadrunners scored in double figures, and CSU Bakersfield shot .563 (9-16) from the 3-point line on the way to a 74-66 win over Sacramento State in a non-conference men's basketball game Wednesday evening at the Icardo Center.
After the Hornets jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the game, the Roadrunners answered with a 15-1 run to take a 10-point lead with 12:14 remaining in the first half. Sacramento State would get no closer than within five points of that Bakersfield the rest of the game. Seemingly every time the Hornets got within striking distance in the second half, the Roadrunners would answer with a 3-pointer to thwart any Sacramento State scoring run.
The Hornets, who opened the year on Friday with a 30-point home win over UC Santa Cruz, fell to 1-1 on the young season. The Roadrunners improved to 2-1 this season, and 10-1 all-time when playing Sacramento State in Bakersfield. CSUB's only defeat came in a six-point loss at Washington State to open the season.
CSUB had it going from the field and 3-point line where the Runners shot .490 (24-29) from the floor, .563 (9-16) from the 3-point line and .810 (17-21) from the charity stripe. They also outscored the Hornets, 17-7, in fast break points and got 41 of their 74 points off the bench. Eighteen of those points came from Javonte Maynor who scored a team-high 18 points, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Fifteen of those points came during the second half.
The Hornets cut the lead to 44-39 with 11:02 left in the game, but Maynor answered with a 3-pointer. About 90 seconds later, the Hornets shaved the lead to seven points, but Zach Lamb answered with a three ball. Maynor struck again with 7:52 left in the contest as his 3-pointer gave CSUB a 10-point advantage with 7:52 left. Sacramento State got no closer than within eight points of that lead the rest of the night. The Runners took a game-high 17-point lead with 2:27 to play before the Hornets closed the contest on a 18-9 run to provide the final outcome.
Sacramento State shot .404 (23-57) from the field, .350 (7-20) from the 3-point line and .765 (13-17) from the free throw stripe. After missing nine of their first 10 attempts from distance, the Hornets were able to go 6-of-10 from the 3-point arc during the game's final 12 minutes.
Hornet junior point guard Dylan Garrity had yet another impressive effort tonight, finishing with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. He also played a game-high tying 39 minutes while adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Twenty of his points came in the second half when he almost single-handedly kept the Hornets in the game. In addition, the 22 points matched a career high, set last season against UC Davis.
He was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Cody Demps (10 points, 12 rebounds, two steals in 39 minutes) and junior guard Mikh McKinney (11 points). For Demps, the double-double was the first of his short career, and the 12 rebounds were six more than his previous best. Four of those 12 rebounds came on the offensive glass. McKinney has now scored in double figures in four straight games dating back to last season.
No other Hornet reached six points as freshman center Eric Stuteville, junior forward Alex Tiffin and sophomore guard Dreon Barlett each had five points. Twelve different Sacramento State players appeared in the game, and all but two broke into the rebounding column.
Joining Maynor in double figures for Bakersfield were Issiah Grayson (15 points, 5 assists), Lamb (14 points) and Stefon Johnson (11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals).
Tonight marked the first of a three-game road trip for the Hornets that will see the team play at UCLA (Nov. 18) and UC Davis (Nov. 26). Monday's matchup against the 24th-ranked Bruins will mark just the second time the Hornets have ever faced UCLA, and first since the 2005-06 season.