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'Runners Host UTSA Saturday At Rabobank Arena

Courtesy: CSU Bakersfield Athletic Communications
Release: 11/30/2012
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- It's a battle of Roadrunners Saturday night at Rabobank Arena as the CSUB Roadrunners (1-5) take on the UT San Antonio Roadrunners (3-3) in the first of four games this season downtown at Rabobank Arena.

CSUB is coming off a 63-49 loss at Wyoming a week ago and have had extra time between games to prepare for this match up with UTSA who played Thursday night at Oregon where they fell 95-78 to the Ducks before heading to Bakersfield.

This is the first CSUB game being played this season at Rabobank Arena, the downtown venue previously served as the home court for men's basketball from 1998-2011. Last season was the first season since '98 that the 'Runners played the majority of their home games on campus at the Icardo Center. CSUB played two games at Rabobank Arena last season going 1-1. Rabobank Arena will become the primary home the 'Runners again next season when all Western Athletic Conference games are played downtown.

Saturday night's matchup is intriguing with both teams possessing several similarities outside of just the Roadrunners nickname. CSUB enters averaging 65.2 ppg while UTSA is averaging 67.5 per contest. CSUB is allowing 73 points per game while UTSA is giving up 72. Both teams also have three players, two guards and one wing player averaging in double figures entering the game.

CSUB is led by Brandon Barnes (R-Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Lipscomb) who's averaging 11.8 pppg while shooting 45% from the field and pulling down a team-high 4.8 rebounds a game. Barnes has scored in double figures in the last two games including a game-high 13 at Wyoming which included a 3-4 night from three-point range. Prior to that, Barnes scored a career-high 24 vs. Westmont.

UTSA is led by senior guard Kannon Burrage who is averaging 17.8 ppg this season while shooting 40% from the field and pulling down a team second-best 4.7 rebounds a game as well.

Saturday's game is presented by Ultrex Business Solutions and 106.1 KRAB Radio. Fans can bring a canned food item and receive a general admission ticket for just $5 with all donations benefitting the Golden Empire Gleaners. CSUB students are admitted free with CSUB I.D.

Reserve tickets are available through the Rabobank Arena box office or through Ticketmaster online.