Carter Breaks Scoring Record, 'Runners Top Cougars
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- Stephon Carter (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif., Garces HS) broke CSUB's all-time scoring record with a layup at the 12:14 mark of the second half as the CSUB Roadrunners used his game-high 23 points and supporting plays down the stretch to hold off Cal State San Marcos (20-4, #8 NAIA) 82-71 Saturday night at the Icardo Center.
Carter, who entered the game needing 14 points to set the new record, surpassed Kenny Warren on CSUB's all-time scoring list with the layup, a play he was also fouled on as he converted the free throw for his 1,523rd career point. Carter finished the game with 1,531 in his career.
"It was a great feeling, but my main thing at the time was trying to get the win," said Carter. "My whole thing was 'let's get this win first' then worry about this record later."
The Roadrunners built an early 14-point first-half lead over the Cougars before San Marcos ended the half on a 20-11 run to pull within 39-36 at the break. The Cougars would also take a pair of second-half leads in the contest, leading by as many as three points. Along with Carter's scoring, CSUB received timely contributions from Brandon Barnes (R-Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Lipscomb) who put the 'Runners up for good breaking a 60-point tie with a three-pointer with 6:34 remaining. Barnes finished the game with 20 points and nine rebounds, his third 20-point game this season. CSUB stretched the lead late following a Javonte Maynor (R-So., Atlanta, Ga., Georgia State) three-point play and ended the game on a 13-9 run.
"It took us forever to stop them but we did it when it counted," said CSUB head coach Rod Barnes. "They had been on a roll, taken the lead then our guys really did a great job defensively really locking in to what we were trying to do."
Cal State San Marcos, playing this game as an exhibition, had won 12 straight and ranked 8th in the latest NAIA poll. Eight players on the San Marcos roster had spent previous time at an NCAA Division I program before transferring to the upstart CSUSM program.
"I just like the way our guys stayed in there, we never lost our composure and I liked the point that when we had to make plays at the end we made them," Barnes said.
For the fourth straight game at the Icardo Center the 'Runners shot over 50% hitting 29-57 shots from the field. They also posted better-than 50% shooting in both halves. CSUB managed to hold off the three-point shooting by San Marcos late in the second half holding the Cougars to 3-12 from beyond-the-arc in the half.
Carter also set the career-points record at CSUB in his 112th career game, 19 games less than his predecessor Warren who played in a CSUB all-time high 131 contests. Carter also added to his all-time career steals record with four more against San Marcos, part of 12 steals on the night for the Roadrunners.
The 'Runners now head to Texas for a pair of games next week as they take on UT San Antonio in a rematch Tuesday night at 7 P.M. (CST) and future Western Athletic Conference-mate UT Pan American Thursday night at 7 P.M. (CST) as well. CSUB beat San Antonio 85-52 on Dec. 1 in Bakersfield.
The Roadrunners return to Rabobank Arena on Feb. 20 hosting South Dakota State at 7 P.M. before playing their final home game of the season Feb. 23 vs. Pacifica at the Icardo Center.