HANOVER, N.H.- Playing 2700 miles from Bakersfield in their furthest-game away from home in program history, the CSUB Roadrunners used 20 points from Dedrick Basile and 11 points and 10 rebounds from Justin Pride for a 64-60 win at Dartmouth Tuesday night.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Roadrunners (9-6) who held off a late run by the Big Green by making two key baskets and providing a pair of defensive stops to seal the win which also snapped Dartmouth’s (3-10) three-game win streak.
“It’s a great win for us, I am proud of our team, I think we played some really good basketball for our non-conference season, we had a few lulls but we had a few high-points as well, that’s just the way that it goes,” said head coach Rod Barnes. “I think we are prepared (for conference play) we have to fix a few things like free-throw shooting at the end of the game but if we do that we’ll be ok.”
Defense set the tone early for CSUB as the Roadrunners held the Big Green to less-than 33% shooting from the field in both halves forcing them into contested tough shots, many from three-point range where Dartmouth converted just 7-30 in the game (23%). The Roadrunners used a balance offensive attack led by Basile’s 20 points on 9-17 from the field and 2-6 from three-point range. Basile score 16 of those points in the first half while Justin Pride recorded CSUB’s first double-double of the season scoring 11 points while grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds while shooting 4-8 from the field and 3-4 from three-point range.
“I thought Justin Pride did a great job leading our team tonight and really did a great job out there,” Barnes said. “We played a little bit smaller with him and Dedrick and Wrapp and I thought it was a good run for us.”
The Roadrunners trailed only once early in the first half but then used a 12-2 run with 12 minutes remaining to build a nine-point first-half lead. Dartmouth would pull within four with under two minutes left in the half before Basile would bank in the second of his three-pointers in the half to give CSUB a seven-point lead at the break.
In the second half Pride scored five of CSUB’s first seven points and managed to help the Roadrunners outrebound Dartmouth 46-31 in the ballgame with his career high on the glass. CSUB would lead by as many as 13 with just under 12 minutes to play and again by 12 with 3:21 left. The Big Green would make one final push converting on a pair of three-pointers and four free-throws to cut the lead to three points but one free throw by Jaylin Airington and a turnover down the court by Dartmouth with five seconds to go on an inbound play sealed the victory for the Roadrunners.
Evan Boudreaux was held to 11 points for Dartmouth on 4-18 from the field and 1-8 from three-point range, he entered leading the Big Green with 17 ppg.
CSUB improves to 2-6 in true road games this season and 3-6 in contests played outside of Bakersfield where they are 6-0 this season. The Roadrunners put that perfect home record on the line Saturday when they open Western Athletic Conference play against Seattle (8-6) at 7 P.M. at the Icardo Center.
“We’ve got some good things going on,” Barnes said. “It’s conference time now so we have to take our game up to another level.”
Tickets are available at GoRunners.com/tix. The CSUB softball team will be presented with their WAC Championship rings at halftime honoring their 2016 WAC Tournament victory and appearance in the NCAA Softball Regionals. That game can be heard on Newstalk 1180/96.1 FM KERN and watched on the WAC Digital Network.