PORTLAND, Ore.- The CSUB Roadrunners shot just 30% from the field and were unable to take advantage of offensive opportunities to pull back into the game as they fell 69-51 Monday night to Portland in the first round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
CSUB (4-7)led a two occasions in the first two minutes of the game but then fell behind the Pilots for the remaining 38 minutes of the contest. CSUB trailed by only seven at half following a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Tyrone White (Sr., Portland, Ore., North Idaho CC).
White, the Portland native returned to his hometown by scoring a game-high 23 points on 8-17 shooting and 5-11 from three-point range but CSUB struggled from the field all night and couldn't contain the Pilots in the post as Portland withstood a few small CSUB runs in the second half to extend the lead in the closing minutes. The Roadrunners managed just 30% from the field and 33% from three-point range in the loss.
Stephon Carter (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif, Garces HS) was the only other 'Runner in double-figures with 15 points on 5-11 shooting. It marked the first time in four games CSUB failed to have more than four players record double-digits.
Ryan Nicholas led Portland with 21 points troubling the Roadrunners in the post all night while helping the Pilots to a 39-31 rebounding advantage including several late offensive rebounds that extended the Pilots lead in the final minutes.
CSUB will travel to Colorado State (7-2) Wednesday night for the second round of the tournament. The Rams defeated North Florida 83-55 Monday night to improve to 5-0 at home. Tip off in that game is scheduled for 7 P.M. MST.