01/23/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 02:33
'Our kids have battled and battled and battled,' said , Head Coach of the `Runners. 'They seem like they are on their way to do something, at least for the first five or six games [of WAC play], to do something pretty good.'
Redshirt junior heated up for 10 of his game-high 15 points in the second half, catalyzing Bakersfield's comeback. The native of Southaven, Miss. also chipped in six rebounds, two steals, and three blocks against the Wolverines. Junior guard had 12 points, four assists, and two steals in the Icardo Center while , one of Bakersfield's co-captains, scored six clutch points in overtime on his way to 10 on the game.
The `Runners outscored the Wolverines 34-26 in the paint with and out-hustling their opponents down low. Lee, who scored a career-high 19 points in Bakersfield's last game, tallied nine points and 11 boards against UVU. Stith drew six Wolverine fouls on the game, fighting through contact all night to finish with six points and nine rebounds.
A defensive first half found Utah Valley taking a narrow lead, 10-9, with six minutes remaining in the period. The Wolverines gained a six-point lead down the stretch, but Bakersfield kept its visitors within striking distance as the `Runners trailed UVU by just two points at halftime, 19-17.
The half-court intensity by both sides resulted in low shooting percentages for both teams. Perry, a native of El Dorado, Ark., posted a game-high six points in the opening period to go with one assist, one steal, and one rebound. Lee, a 6-foot-9 forward, chipped in four points and seven rebounds for the `Runners.
Utah Valley surged ahead early in the second half, taking a 35-25 lead on CSUB. The `Runners answered right back with a 13-0 run, catalyzed by Bakersfield's defense forcing five Wolverine turnovers. Moore tied the game at 40-40 with just under eight minutes remaining and Lee hit an eight-foot jumper to put the `Runners ahead moments later.
Junior guard hit two free throws with 48.5 seconds left to tie the score at 49-49. Utah Valley controlled the ball for the final shot of regulation, but the `Runners got the stop they needed and sent the game to overtime.
Just as he did a week prior in Kansas City, Edler-Davis heated up in overtime, converting on back-to-back three-pointers to open the period. Tied at 57-57 with about 45 seconds remaining, Stith backed his way into the paint and got fouled going up. The native of East Oakland, Calif. made 1-of-2 free throws to put CSUB ahead 58-57 with 25 seconds remaining. The Wolverines had two, off-balance looks at a potential game-winner, but the `Runners fended off both advances and held on for the one-point victory.
With the win, Bakersfield improved to 10-10 on the season and 4-1 in conference play. The `Runners are currently tied with California Baptist for second in the league standings. CSUB trails only NM State (14-6, 5-0 WAC), which was idle on Thursday and will play UTRGV on the road on Saturday.
Bakersfield will host Seattle U (10-11, 3-3 WAC) this Saturday, Jan. 25, before heading back out on the road for three-straight games away. This weekend's home game against the Redhawks is CSUB's 5th Annual Grimmway Farms Ag Night presented by Sun Pacific Farming. The Icardo Center is expected to be packed for the big game as the `Runners attempt to defend their home court once again. Tickets are available ahead of time at GoRunners.com/tickets.