SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Javonte Maynor (R-So. Atlanta, Ga., Georgia State) hit a career-high seven three pointers but a stretch of five straight turnovers in the second half and 16 on the night proved to be too much for the 'Runners to overcome as they fell Wednesday night 85-67 to Sacramento State.
Maynor had 18 in the first half alone and 23 in the game to lead CSUB but the Hornets managed 19 points off of 16 CSUB turnovers and were at the free-throw 36 times where they converted 29 to pull away in the second half for their second win of the season.
The 'Runners (0-3) kept it close for much of the second half, but with 8:53 remaining the turnover bug struck which propelled the Hornets to a 7-0 run and a 20-point lead with 4:34 remaining. CSUB's offense improved with a season high 42% from the field (28-66) and 34% from three-point range (8-23) as Stephon Carter (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif., Garces HS) added 12 points, all in the second half while Adam Young (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev., Barton CC) scored a season-high 12 points while grabbing nine rebounds.
"Our team is a solid team and we got Javonte going tonight and we have other guys that can score the ball as well, we just have to turn that corner," said head coach Rod Barnes. "We've got to give them (Sacramento State) credit, they were ready, they came in and played well tonight; it's unfortunate we're not playing the way we're supposed to be playing especially defensively and we have to get better."
Sacramento State was led by Mikh McKinney's 23 points on 7-13 from the field and 7-7 from the free-throw line. Guard Dylan Garrity also added 21 points on 4-6 from the field and 11-12 from the free-throw line. The Hornetsshot 12-20 for 60% from the field and 25-51 for 49% in the game.
Carter's 12 points pulls him within 334 of Kenny Warren's all-time CSUB record of 1,521.
CSUB is back at home Saturday night hosting Loyola Marymount (1-1) at the Icardo Center. Tickets are available by calling 654-BLUE or purchasing online at ww.GoRunners.com.