LOS ANGELES, Calif.-The CSUB Roadrunners, playing without starting point guard Tyrone White (Sr., Portland, Ore., North Idaho CC) for the second time this season due to injury, got 22 points from Brandon Barnes (R-Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Lipscomb) and played to 11 lead changes but fell just short at Loyola Marymount Saturday night falling to the Lions 73-66.
CSUB led by as many as five on two occasions and trailed 29-28 at the half. CSUB opened up the second half on a 5-0 run and battled with the Lions up to the 12:56 mark when CSUB took a 43-42 lead over LMU. It was the last lead the 'Runners would hold as the Lions went on a 9-2 run over the next 5 minutes to take an 11-point lead. CSUB didn't go away, coming up with three defensive stops to pull within 56-52 with 5:23 to play but the Lions led by Anthony Ireland's game-high 27 points, made enough shots down the stretch for the win.
CSUB would again make a late run in the final minute pulling within five points on a layup and foul on Stephon Carter (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif., Garces HS) but free throws sealed the win for LMU.
"I'm proud of our guys and the way we fought tonight," said head coach Rod Barnes. "Unfortunately because of foul trouble and depth we had to sub a few guys during that stretch in the second half that really hurt us."
Brandon Barnes' 22 off the bench mark the second time this season he's scored 20 points or more. Carter added 18 for CSUB, 14 in the second half while Javonte Maynor (R-So., Atlanta, Ga., Georgia State) scored 13 points on 2-6 from three-point range while Adam Young (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev., Barton CC) added 10 for the 'Runners.
"I really hope this injury bug passes us because I really felt we missed Ty (White) and his scoring ability tonight," Barnes said. "But I thought Brandon shot the ball well, he didn't take any time off during the holiday and was right back in the gym and I think that showed tonight."
Britton Williams (Fr., Bakersfield, Calif., Liberty HS) received his second start at point guard and was credited with five assists and just one turnover. The Roadrunners shot the ball well going 21-49 from the field for 42% while also shooting 9-21 from the outside. LMU converted 56% from the field.
The 'Runners will quickly turn around and play back at home Sunday afternoon at 4 P.M. against North Carolina A & T. Tickets to that game are free with printable vouchers available online at GoRunners.com.