BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- After a four-game week during the Thanksgiving holiday period the CSUB Roadrunners (4-3) return to action for the first of two games this week hosting Pacific Union (3-1) at the Icardo Center at 7 P.M.
The Roadrunners were 2-2 last week defeating Fresno State on Tuesday 71-63 before traveling to Dayton, Ohio where they took part in the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic hosted by Wright State. CSUB lost to the host Raiders 68-64 on Friday night before dismantling North Florida 77-54 on Saturday night. The ‘Runners concluded the tournament with a disappointing 57-55 loss to North Dakota after allowing a 16-0 to end the game.
“I thought it was a productive tournament for us, there were four really good mid-major level teams there” said head coach Rod Barnes. “I thought overall, for the most part we played pretty well.”
The Roadrunners now focus on the Pioneers, an NAIA team that will play this game as an exhibition as they did their last contest, a 97-93 loss at Humboldt State. The Pioneers defeated Menlo College 75-70 on November 16 in their last victory. The game and stats will count as normal for CSUB on Wednesday night.
Pacific Union has a talented group of junior college and transfer players doing plenty of scoring early in the season. Senior guard/forward Leroy Anderson leads the Pioneers with 19 points per game, he scored 24 against Humboldt while junior transfer-guards Jayson Marquez and Devon Pinnock average 14 and 13 respectively.
“We’ve got some guys we’ve got to get to the floor a little bit more that are still trying to understand the things we need from them,” Barnes said. “They’re a good team [Pacific Union], they are going to come in here and play hard because we’re a Division I team.”
The Pioneers are averaging 82 ppg this season and will face one of their toughest defensive tasks in CSUB, one of the nation’s top defensive squads. The Roadrunners are ranked 46th among NCAA Division I teams in scoring defense, allowing just 63.4 ppg. CSUB also ranks 12th in turnovers forced per game (18) and 6th in the nation in steals (68).
Offensively the Roadrunners are led by senior Jaylin Airington who is averaging 17 ppg for CSUB while shooting 44% from the field and 47% from three-point range. Damiyne Durham is also averaging just shy of 17 points per contest while Dedrick Basile adds 12 per game for the Roadrunners.
CSUB will then head out on the road Friday as they take on SMU in Dallas on Friday night at 7 P.M. CT.
Wednesday’s game can be heard live on Newstalk 1180/96.1 FM KERN with live video coverage available at www.youtube.com/csubathletics.