BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- Damiyne Durham tied several CSUB records, scored a career-high 30 points and converted 8-of-19 three-point attempts while leading three scorers in double figures as the Roadrunners (2-1) defeated UC Santa Barbara 77-70 Saturday night at the Icardo Center.
“This is probably one of the games that people won’t look at but I am probably the most-proud of for our team,” said CSUB head coach Rod Barnes. “It was a gritty game, coming off an exciting game at Arizona but I am proud of our guys tonight.”
Forced to score from the perimeter by the zone defense of the Gauchos (0-3), Durham tied a CSUB Division I record with his eight made three-pointers while tying a CSUB all-time record in field goal attempts as he was 11-of-27 from the field in the win. Durham tied the field goals attempted record set by Ron Selleaze in 2000 and tied the most three-point field-goals attempted (19) and tied the most three-pointers made in a game set by Zack Grasmick in 2007.
“He had a great feel for what he was doing,” Barnes said of Durham’s performance. “As always he can end up separating us in the game and I thought they started to be aware of him and they left Jaylin open for a couple three’s that really helped us out.”
The game saw six lead changes, nine ties and was back-and-forth for most of the contest. CSUB led by as many as four in the first half and trailed by as many as seven before Durham hit the second of his eight three’s to cut the lead to one point with just over ten minutes remaining in the first. The Gauchos would build their lead back up to six points with 1:52 left before the Roadrunners went on a 6-0 run fueled by a pair of CSUB steals and two Durham layups. UC Santa Barbara added one final dunk just before the buzzer to take a 37-35 lead at the half.
In the second half CSUB’s guards managed to penetrate the lane before finding open shots on the perimeter. The Roadrunners converted on 8-13 second-half three pointers and took the lead for good with just under 13 minutes remaining. CSUB trailed by three following a Clifton Powell three-pointer for the Gauchos but CSUB responded with a Durham steal and dunk, a pair of free-throws by Justin Pride following another steal and a Taze Moore three-pointer to give the ‘Runners a four-point lead with 11 minutes to play. Durham would cap that run with a pair of back-to-back three-pointers to put CSUB up 59-49. It was a 13-point swing in the span of 1:13.
The Roadrunners dealt with one final push from UC Santa Barbara as the Gauchos erased that lead over the next four minutes and tied the contest at 62 apiece with 5:24 to play. CSUB responded once again with four-straight free-throws and a pair of three-pointers from Jaylin Airington to create some breathing room with just over two minutes left as the Roadrunners led 72-64.
CSUB’s defense led their second-half charge forcing 14 UC Santa Barbara turnovers, 21 total in the game which led to 37 points for CSUB. Airington finished with 18 for the ‘Runners on 4-11 from the field, all three-pointers while he was also 6-8 from the free-throw line. Dedrick Basile added 11 points on 4-8 from the field as the Roadrunners shot 22-58 from the field (38%) and tied a single-game Division I school record with 32 attempted three-pointers, they converted 14 (44%) including 8-13 in the second half good for 62%.
Durham’s record night of 27 field goal attempts came just four days after Airington set a CSUB Division I record with 25 field goal attempts at Arizona on his way to 31 points. Durham’s 30 is the third-most in CSUB’s Division I history.
The Roadrunners stay at home Tuesday night hosting Fresno State (2-1) at 7 P.M. Tickets are nearly sold out for that contest, the CSUB ticket window at the Icardo Center will be open Sunday-Tuesday from 11 AM to 4 P.M. to allow fans the chance to buy in advance. Tickets are also available online at GoRunners.com/tix or by calling 654-BLUE. 500 CSUB student tickets have also been set aside for Tuesday’s game. Students can claim their tickets beginning at 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday at the Icardo Center.