CSU BAKERSFIELD (6-4) VS. PORTLAND ST. (3-3)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- Coming off a two-game road trip and having played five of their last six games on the road, the CSUB Roadrunners (6-4), return to the Icardo Center Saturday night hosting Portland State (3-3) at 7 P.M.
The Roadrunners are coming off an 81-47 win at Northern Arizona on Monday night, the first true-road win of the season for Bakersfield and the third-straight game in which they have held their opponents to fewer than 50 points. CSUB currently ranks 11th in the NCAA allowing just 58.8 points per game.
That stat creates an interesting matchup with Portland State as the Vikings enter averaging 87.2 ppg, the 16th-most in the NCAA. CSUB’s defense will be tested against a potent Portland State offense that is shooting 50% from the field and 37% from three-point range. At the other end of the spectrum, the Vikings are allowing 85.3 ppg this year, ranking Portland State 336th out of 347 Division I teams in scoring defense. They are also allowing opponents 49% from the field and 37% from beyond-the-arc.
The Vikings have won their last two games including their most-recent 87-74 win over UT Rio Grande Valley. They also defeated Pepperdine on the road 91-85 in Malibu. The Vikings are led by forward Braxton Tucker’s 17 ppg; he did not play against UTRGV due to knee soreness. Senior guard Calaen Robinson is adding 15 ppg while both De’Sean Parsons and Bryce Canda average 12 per contest.
The Roadrunners offense continues to be led by wings Jaylin Airington and Damiyne Durham who both enter averaging 16 ppg for CSUB. Airington scored 16 in the first half at Northern Arizona on Monday finishing the game 6-11 from the field and 1-5 from three-point range. Durham, who scored 14 at SMU had eight points at NAU before fouling out in just 15 minutes of play. He continues to be one of the top three-point shooters in the NCAA, currently ranked 5th with 36 three-pointers made this season.
Saturday’s game is also a ‘Holiday Hoops’ game at the Icardo Center and fans are encouraged to bring a new toy for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee’s annual toy drive which will benefit local ‘Toys for Tots.’ Fans who bring a toy will receive a $5 general admission ticket offer for their entire party. There will also be holiday photos with Rowdy and a special halftime performance by Mutts in Motion. Tickets are available at GoRunners.com/tix or by calling 654-BLUE.
Saturday’s game will available on Newstalk 1180/96.1 FM KERN with the Dignity Health Pregame Show beginning at 6:30 P.M. Live video will also be available through the WAC Digital Network at wacsports.com/live.