DAYTON, Ohio- Damiyne Durham set the tone early scoring 11 points including 3-3 from three-point range to soften the North Florida zone, then the rest of the Roadrunners went to work as CSUB rolled to a 77-54 win over the Ospreys in the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic.
“I think it speaks to the character of our guys, we were all disappointed last night with the outcome and I challenged them today to just get better,” said head coach Rod Barnes. “I thought we had some guys play really well, I thought these guys played together, it was a big game for us.”
The ‘Runners (4-2) fed early off the offensive success but let their defense do most of the talking, limiting the Atlantic Sun 'Player of the Year' Dallas Moore to insignificant points and forcing 24 turnovers while controlling the game en-route to their fourth win of season.
CSUB also recorded 12 steals and scored 27 points off the North Florida miscues. The Roadrunners shot the ball extremely well converting on 53% in the first half (16-30) and 63% from three-point range (5-8). The Roadrunners built a 16-point first-half lead with just over three minutes to play. The Ospreys (3-4) appeared to get back into the game closing out the first half on a 12-5 run to cut the CSUB lead to 41-32 at the break.
The Roadrunners responded once again however opening the second-half on a 10-0 run. They would hold the Ospreys without a field goal through the first 7:38 of the second half. By that point the Roadrunners lead was at 23. CSUB led by 27 in the half in the win and shot 55% from the field and 54% from the three in the game,
The ‘Runners had four players in double figures led by Jaylin Airington’s 18 points on 8-12 from the field and 1-2 from three-point range. Dedrick Basile scored 16 points and was 6-9 from the field and 3-4 form beyond-the-arc. He also recorded six assists in the win while Durham finished with 16 points on 6-10 from the field and 3-5 from three-point range. Matt Smith rounded out a complete-team effort with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Smith was 6-9 from the field and also had two of CSUB’s 12 steals.
“I just told these guys to have fun and enjoy what we do, we’re good enough just the way we are but we need to get better,” Barnes said. “I thought tonight they took the coaching to heart and did a good job. That’s a good basketball team (UNF), that’s a team that’s going to do well in their conference, an NCAA Tournament-kind of team and so it was a great win for us.”
Moore scored 19 points for UNF but 11 came early in the first half, his remaining eight came after CSUB had put the game on ice in the second half. Junior center Romelo Banks who entered the game averaging 14 points was denied any type of influence as CSUB limited him to three points, all from the free-throw line in 8 minutes of play. The Ospreys shot just 18-50 (36%) from the field and 9-25 (36%) from three-point range due to the Roadrunners’ stingy defense.
Bakersfield returns to action Sunday afternoon as they take on North Dakota in the final round of the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 P.M. (ET). Coverage of that game can be found on Newstalk 1180 and 96.1 FM KERN beginning at 10:30 A.M. (PT) with the Dignity Health Pregame Show. It will also be streamed on ESPN3.com.