SANTA CLARA, Calif.- With three injured starters at the beginning of the game and four injured by the time it ended, the shorthanded CSUB Roadrunners couldn't muster any offense on the road falling to Santa Clara Wednesday night 66-36.
Leading scorer Stephon Carter (Sr., Bakersfield Calif., Garces HS) didn't start due to a knee injury while Adam Young (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev., Barton CC) also missed the start due to ankle injuries but both players came off the bench to contribute for the 'Runners despite playing well below 100 percent. Tyrone White (Sr., Portland, Ore., North Idaho CC) was also limited with an ankle injury while Javonte Maynor (R-So., Atlanta, Ga., Georgia State) went down on a hard foul play in the first half and didn't return.
"We have to give them some credit they played really good on the defensive end but we just have too many people injured," said CSUB head coach Rod Barnes. "We're just not a deep enough team to go on the road and play a team that can score the way they score, we limited the amount of points they scored but unfortunately for us we couldn't keep a good group out there to keep our rhythm."
CSUB was limited to a season-low 17% shooting in the first half while also managing a season-low 36 points in the loss. Brandon Barnes (R-Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Lipscomb), scored a team-high 11 points on 4-10 from the field while Carter scored 9 points to pull within 57 of CSUB's all-time scoring record. Carter played just 20 minutes in the game due to his injury.
"I really didn't want to play Stephon at all because of his injury but he kept telling me he wanted to go; Adam the same way, I appreciate those guys' effort," Barnes said. "Obviously we weren't at the pace and the speed we normally are; it caused us to make some moves throughout the game without some key people."
Marc Trasolini led they way for Santa Clara with 14 points while Raymond Cowells III scored 11.
The Roadrunners will have 10-days between games before they open a three-game homestand on Feb. 2nd vs. future Western Athletic Conference foe Utah Valley at the Icardo Center at 7 P.M.