CSU BAKERSFIELD (23-9, 12-2 WAC) at COLORADO STATE (24-11, 13-5 Mountain West)--NIT SECOND ROUND
|Points Per Game||71.2||72.8|
|Field Goal Pct.||.440||.427|
|3-point FG Pct.||.338||.343|
|Free throw Pct.||.632||.734|
|Rebounds Per Game||38.8||38.1|
|Assists Per Game||14.4||11.2|
|Turnovers Per Game||14.8||10.7|
|Steals Per Game||8.4||6.0|
|Blocks Per Game||4.0||3.4|
FORT COLLINS, Colo.- After winning their first NCAA postseason game with a 73-66 win at No. 1 Cal, the CSUB Roadrunners continue their run in the NIT as they head to Colorado.State for second-round action Monday night at 8:15 PT.
The Roadrunners, led by one of the nation's toughest defenses, added an extraordinary first-half offensive performance Tuesday night, shooting over 50% from the field and from three-point range to build a 25-point lead over Cal at the half. While the Roadrunners cooled off a bit in the second half, their defense prevented a Cal comeback earning the 'Runners their first Division I postseason win in three attempts as they knocked off the top-seeded Bears. Colorado State handled College of Charleston 81-74 behind 22 points from leading scorer Gian Clavell.
Clavell leads Colorado State with 20 points per contest. The Rams were Mountain West Tournament finalists before losing to Nevada in the tournament championship in Las Vegas. Emmanuel Omogbo adds 14 per game for the Rams while shooting a team-high 48% from the field. Prentiss Nixon is adding 13 per game and scored 19 in Tuesday's victory over Charleston.
CSUB is being led by senior Jaylin Airington's 14 ppg this season. He was named to the All-WAC Tournament team for his efforts in Las Vegas and was the lone first-team All-WAC selection for the Roadrunners. Airingtons scored just five points in the Cal victory, all from the free-throw line where he was 5-6. Damiyne Durham is added 13 ppg while Dedrick Basile, another All-WAC and All-WAC Tournament team selection is adding 13 per contest for the 'Runners. Both Durham and Basile were hot vs. Cal as Basile led the offense with 18 points, 16 of which came in the first half on 7-15 from the field and 4-8 from three-point range. Durham also chipped in 13 points on 4-10 from three-point range in the win.
This is CSUB's first NIT appearance and the second straight season the Roadrunners have appeared in the postseason after last year's NCAA Tournament bid. This marks the third time under head coach Rod Barnes that CSUB has competed in the postseason. The 'Runners were in the 2012 CIT field as well, the first year under Barnes' leadership.
The Rams lead the all-time series with CSUB 1-0. The lone previous meeting came in the 2012 Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic where the Rams hosted at Moby Arena. Colorado State won that game 78-58.
Tuesday's game will be televised live on ESPN 2 with Roxy Bernstein and Miles Simon on the call and live from Moby Arena. The game is also available on Newstalk 1180/96.1 FM KERN with Corey Costelloe handling the play-by-play duties for the 'Runners.
All Roads Lead To New York
Monday's game marks the second stop on the journey to Madison Square Garden, where the NIT semifinals and championship game is played. The first round, second round and quarterfinal games will all be played at campus sites.
The dates for reach round of the NIT are as follows:
First Round - March 14-16
Second Round - March 17-20
Quarterfinals - March 21-22
Semifinals - March 28
Championship - March 30