BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- With a sellout crowd of 3,497 on hand for the second time this season, the CSUB Roadrunners gave the “Education Day” school children on a field trip something to cheer about in a 105-78 victory over Bethesda University at the Icardo Center.
The special Noon start time was part of the annual “Education Day” festivities that included field trips by several Bakersfield and Kern County elementary and middle schools, campus tours and a college basketball experience.
CSUB, known mostly for their defense were forced into winning their second straight high-scoring shootout with a Bethesda team that shot 52% from three-point range (17-33) in the matinee contest. CSUB was 37-68 from the field (54%) and 12-28 (43%) from three-point range themselves in the victory.
“They’re trying to convince me they’re an offensive team but I’m not buying it,” said CSUB head coach Rod Barnes. “We’re going to have some discussions because we came out and were scoring the ball and shooting the ball well but we can’t give up 50-percent.”
“I like our squad, I like where we are, I thought we had some good things happen out there today.”
The Roadrunners, behind five-players in double figures and a career-high 30 points from Dedrick Basile broke open a close game with a 20-point run to end the second half holding the Flames scoreless over the final 3:23. Basile scored 15 of CSUB’s 20-points during that stretch and ended the have with a floater that went in as time expired.
CSUB never trailed in the game and built a 27-point lead on more than one occasion in the second half although they managed just 2-12 from three-point range. They held Bethesda to just 12-32 from the field in the half and used a tremendous 50-25 rebounding advantage and 20 offensive rebounds to score 17 second-chance points and outscore the Flames 48-12 in the paint.
Damiyne Durham scored 24 points on 9-16 from the field and 6-12 from three-point range. It was his second consecutive 20-point game this season. Newcomer Fallou N’Doye, just recently eligible since his 12-month transfer from Mississippi State scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in his CSUB debut. He was also 6-10 from the free-throw line.
This was the final non-conference home game for CSUB who plays their next three on the road before returning home for their Western Athletic Conference opener on Saturday, Jan. 7 against Seattle U. The Roadrunners head to BYU on Thursday, Dec. 22 for a 7 P.M. (MT) start. That game can be heard on Newstalk 1180/96.1 FM KERN with the Dignity Health Pregame Show starting at 5:45 PT.