BERKELEY, Calif.--The CSUB Roadrunners put together a couple second-half rallies but an early surge by the Cal Bears and a 21-point deficit were too much to overcome on the road in Berkeley as CSUB fell 78-65 Sunday night at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears shot 17-30 for 56% in the first half and their transition offense gave the 'Runners issues while CSUB was plagued by offensive miscues and low shooting as the Bears built a double-digit lead just 10 minutes into the game. CSUB managed a pair of 5-0 runs late in the half and a Javonte Maynor (So., Atlanta, Ga., Georgia State) three-pointer at the buzzer pulled CSUB within 45-28 at the break.
But early in the second half Cal was able to regain momentum and keep the 'Runners at bay. CSUB forced 18 turnovers in the game thanks to some half-court pressure and pulled within 14 points late in the contest but it wasn't enough to overcome the Bears offense as the All Pac-12 guard duo of Allen Crabbe who scored 27 points and Justin Cobb who added 22 for the Bears, helped improve them to 1-0 on the season.
"I thought late and in the second half we fought hard, gave a great effort, we came back from 20 points down, cut it to 14, then turned the ball over," said head coach Rod Barnes. "Those are things that are going to happen early in the year but we just have to do a better job of not getting that far down."
CSUB was led by Stephon Carter (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif., Garces HS) who finished with 15 points while Brandon Barnes (Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Lipscomb) had his first double-digit game as a 'Runner scoring 12 points on 6 of 14 shooting. CSUB improved slightly from Friday night's shooting performance but are still looking for some offensive flow after shooting 28-78 for 34% Sunday night.
Carter's 15 points pulled him within 344 of Kenny Warren's all-time CSUB scoring record which stands at 1521.
Cal was led by CSUB meanwhile will stay in Northern California and head to Sacramento State Wednesday night at 7 P.M.. That game can be heard live on KERN Newstalk 1180 or online at www.GoRunners.com.