BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- Stephon Carter (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif., Garces HS) scored all of his game-high 20 points in the second half to help the CSUB Roadrunners erase a 13-point deficit at halftime and come within four points with less than two minutes to play but Wyoming would make two trips to the free-throw line and hold off the 'Runners in the final minutes 61-53 Wednesday night at Rabobank Arena.
"I thought in the second half we really started to will the game the way we wanted it to go," said CSUB head coach Rod Barnes. "I thought in the first half we were really tentative...we got to the half and told our guys let's settle down and play."
Carter was 10-15 from the field in the second half to spark a Roadrunners offense that matched a season-low in output in the first half shooting just 3-22 from the field and scoring 13 points to trail the Cowboys 27-13 at the break. CSUB would pick things up in the second half, taking advantage of Wyoming turnovers and pounding the ball inside, outscoring the Cowboys 34-26 in the paint in the second frame and shooting 54%. The 'Runners trailed by four points on several occasions late, the final time coming with 1:28 remaining following a layup from Adam Young (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev., Barton CC).
The Roadrunners had a chance to get even closer following a missed Wyoming free throw on the next possession but a Carter jumper rimmed out with 52 seconds remaining. Carter was whistled for a foul on the ensuing inbound pass, putting the Cowboys at the free throw line where Josh Adams made both to put the game out of reach.
Young was the only other 'Runner in double figures as he scored 12 points on 3-11 shooting and 5-6 from the free-throw line. He also added six rebounds. The Roadrunners second half offense included a 54% shooting effort but they struggled all night from three-point range connecting on just 1-10 attempts. Brandon Barnes (R-Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Lipscomb) added eight points and five rebounds for the 'Runners.
Carter's game-high 20 points pulls him with 14 of breaking CSUB's all-time scoring record held by Kenny Warren. Carter will attempt to break the mark at home Saturday night when CSUB hosts Cal State San Marcos (19-4 ,#8 NAIA) at the Icardo Center at 7 P.M.
"In the second half we really tried to get him (Carter) the ball and he really go going and at that point there was nothing they could do with him," Barnes said. "We had some plays we could have made that would have put us in a better position; tough game for us, tough way to lose but we just have to get up and get back again."
Tickets for Saturday's game are available online at GoRunners.com or by calling 654-BLUE.