SAN ANTONIO, Texas.- Behind three career-nights for the Roadrunners led by Issiah Grayson’s (R-Sr., Atlanta, Ga., Southern Idaho CC) 31 points Bakersfield built a commanding second half lead as they snapped their five-game losing streak with a 90-64 win at UT San Antonio (3-7) Wednesday night.
The victory was the first true road win for CSUB who improved to 6-6 on the season as Grayson paced a hot-shooting Bakersfield attack that saw four players score in double figures while shooting 58% from the field (29-50) and 63 %from three-point range (12-19).
“I thought we played pretty well and had balanced scoring,” said head coach Rod Barnes. “I thought Issiah was magnificent tonight and I thought we had a good flow with Tyrell running our point guard spot; it’s the team I’ve been looking for.”
Both teams shot well early in the contest and the first half saw 10 lead changes until Bakersfield took the lead for good following a Javonte Maynor (R-Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Georgia State) three-pointer with 8:58 remaining in the first half. Bakersfield led 39-34 at the break.
In the second half CSUB opened up on a 16-6 run to take a 15-point lead. After a short 6-0 run by San Antonio the Roadrunners answered with a 5-0 run of their own before cruising in the second half to build a commanding double-digit lead en route to the 26-point win.
Along with Grayson’s career-high 31, he matched his career high in made field goals with a 10-for-13 night from the field and also matched his three-point field-goal total making 6-of-7 from downtown. Aly Ahmed (So., Alexandria, Egypt, Midland CC) got his first start for Bakersfield making the most of the opportunity scoring a career-high 14 points with a career-high five rebounds. Tyrell Corbin (Jr., Columbia, S.C., Salt Lake City CC), added a career-high 15 points on 4-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range while also leading Bakersfield with four assists.
“We had a rythym, we had guys takes shots that they were comfortable with, we didn’t have a lot of forced shots,” Barnes said. “Something that helped us out more than anything is when we went inside Aly had an answer for us and they had to play us man-to-man.”
The 90 points were the most for CSUB against a Division I opponent this season; the ‘Runners scored 97 in their home-opening win against NAIA UC Merced. CSUB was also a perfect 20-of-20 from the free-throw line for just the third time in program history and the first time at the Division I level. The last time the ‘Runners were perfect from the line while attempting at least 10 shots was in March of 2006 vs. Sonoma State.
Bakersfield out rebounded UTSA 32-16 with 11 offensive rebounds leading to 18 second-chance points. Erik Kinney (So., Fairfield, Calif., Sacramento HS) led CSUB for the second straight game with eight rebounds while adding nine points.
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