BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- Javonte Maynor (R-So., Atlanta, Ga., Georgia State) scored 19 points, 13 in the second half as the 'Runners overcame a sluggish first half to beat North Carolina A & T (5-9) 60-52 Sunday evening at Rabobank Arena.
The Roadrunners (6-10) trailed 30-23 at the half following a 23% first-half shooting effort but started the second half on a 13-3 run to take the lead for good and had outscored the Aggies 25-7 with about 7:30 minutes remaining in the game. North Carolina A & T pulled back within six points in the final two minutes but the 'Runners managed to score in transition through the Aggies pressure and seal the win, their second at Rabobank this season, their alternate home site.
"We turned up our defensive pressure in the second half, not just on the ball but off the ball by fighting through screens a little bit tougher and we did that," said associate head coach Bryan Goodman. "We've gone through sluggish stretches over these last five games, usually it's in the second half, tonight it was in the first half but we fought through it and it was good to get a victory."
Maynor converted on 7-13 from the field and 5-10 from three-point range as the Roadrunners took control in the second half behind his timely shooting. Maynor was the only Roadrunner in double figures as Adam Young (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev., Barton CC) added 8 points on 2-6 form the field and3-4 from the free-throw line while Stephon Carter (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif., Garces HS) managed seven points on just 1-6 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line.
For the second game in the row North Carolina A & T was dominated on the glass as CSUB outrebounded the Aggies 42-31, including 12 offensive rebounds. Corey Hall (Jr., Chicago, Ill., Ventura CC) had his best rebounding game of the season pulling down 13 for the 'Runners while Brandon Barnes (R-Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Lipscomb) added seven for CSUB who shot 42.9% in the second half and 40% from three-point range after their sluggish start.
"Corey (Hall) is a player who gets better with reps," Goodman said. "He's been able to get that in the last two games which will hopefully benefit him in the next two."
Those games for the 'Runners are against two nationally-ranked opponents starting with #16 San Diego State (11-2) on Wednesday night in San Diego and at #20 UNLV Saturday night in Las Vegas.
CSUB's next home game is Wednesday, Jan. 9 vs. Cal State Fullerton (7-5) at 7 P.M. at the Icardo Center.