LARAMIE, Wyo.- Despite a strong defensive effort in a physical contest Saturday night at Wyoming, the CSUB Roadrunners struggled on the offensive end scoring a season-low 49 points in a 63-49 loss to the Cowboys at the Arena-Auditorium.
CSUB trailed by 12 points with 12 minutes remaining in the first half, they would pull to within eight at half 31-23, but that was as close as they would come as Wyoming used 35 free throw attempts to their advantage to build a 22 point lead at one point and get the 14-point win.
"We took a step back," said CSUB head coach Rod Barnes. "When you've got to where you can't get some of your best guys performing on the road, that's a tough situation; we have to get better play out of some of our guys getting a lot of minutes."
A physical contest saw a combined 53 fouls whistled on both teams with a combined 62 free-throws attempted as well including 22 for Wyoming in the second half alone. The 'Runners however shot just 5-20 in the second half and 27.5% for the game, their lowest total since their opening-night loss to UT Arlington.
"We didn't ever get a really good flow," Barnes said. "I thought we were too worried about the officials calls and we were too worried about getting calls than finishing plays."
CSUB was led by Brandon Barnes (R-Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Lipscomb) who scored a game-high 13 points along with 3-4 from three-point range. It marked the second time in as many games that Barnes scored in double figures and the third time this season.
Freshman Erik Kinney (Sacramento, Calif., Sacramento HS) made the most out of his career-high 27 minutes scoring 10 points on 2-5 shooting and 6-7 from the free-throw line. CSUB did make the most of their free-throw attempts hitting 22-27 on the game for an 81.5% clip.
Wyoming was led by Leonard Washington's 13 points on 3-7 from the field and 6-8 from the free-throw line. The Cowboys were 24-35 from the charity stripe in the win.
The Roadrunners will return home for their first of three home games in the month of December as they host UT San Antonio Saturday night, Dec. 1 at Rabobank Arena. Any fans that bring a canned-food item to the game will receive a general admission ticket for just $5. All donations will be sent to the Golden Empire Gleaners. Tip off is scheduled for 7 P.M.