CSU BAKERSFIELD (13-7) at UMKC (10-12)
|Points Per Game||72.8||76.0|
|Field Goal Pct.||.451||.431|
|3-point FG Pct.||.369||.364|
|Free throw Pct.||.643||.704|
|Rebounds Per Game||39.2||33.9|
|Assists Per Game||15.1||12.0|
|Turnovers Per Game||15.2||14.4|
|Steals Per Game||8.3||6.6|
|Blocks Per Game||3.1||2.5|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After a solid win at Chicago State Thursday night, the CSU Bakersfield’s men’s basketball team has traveled south to Missouri and is preparing to round out the weekend with another Western Athletic Conference matchup. This time, the Roadrunners will face off against UMKC in Kansas City Saturday night.
The ‘Runners are now 13-7 on the year after their victory over Chicago State. CSUB improved to 4-1 in WAC play and gained sole possession of second place in the league standings thanks to UMKC’s victory over Grand Canyon on Thursday. Bakersfield now has a two-game win streak and has taken five of the last six.
While in Chicago, the ‘Runners used consistent defense and inside presence to overcome the Cougars. CSUB outscored Chicago State 38-12 in the paint and pulled down 10 more rebounds than in the game. Redshirt seniors Matt Smith and Jaylin Airington led the way offensively as each contributed 20 points or more for the ‘Runners.
UMKC will welcome the ‘Runners to Municipal Auditorium with a 10-12 overall record and a 3-3 record in conference play after its 83-77 win over Grand Canyon last night. The Kangaroos surged in the second half, outscoring the ‘Lopes 53-35 in the period after trailing by 12 points at half time. LaVell Boyd and Broderick Newbill each scored 20 points or more for UMKC while Boyd added six rebounds, six assists, and three steals.
This season, Boyd leads the ‘Roos with an average of 19 points per game and a team-high 75 assists. UMKC loves the deep ball, taking 522 attempt from behind the three-point line this year compared to CSUB’s 390 attempts. Both teams have three-point shooting percentages around 36% on the year.
The ‘Roos struggle defensively, allowing opposing teams to average over 81 points per game. Their high-powered offense converts for around 76 points a contest, but the ‘Runner defense, which allows 64 points per game, will look to slow down Boyd and Company here in Kansas City.
The ‘Runners and ‘Roos will meet for the seventh time in the all-time series while CSUB leads the series 4-2. Bakersfield has won the last three meetings including a pair of regular-season WAC games a year ago. In 2016, CSUB earned an 83-72 win in Missouri before taking another 11-point victory, 77-66, in Bakersfield.
Tipoff between the ‘Roos and ‘Runners is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) at Municipal auditorium. A live stream will be available via UMKC TV and Roadrunner fans can tune in to Newstalk 1180 AM/96.1 FM KERN for play-by-play from Kansas City. The radio feed is also available on smart phones via the Tune In app.