Dogs Sweep Roadrunners
Feb. 16, 2011
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - In front of its largest crowd of the season, the Cal State Bakersfield squad was looking for revenge against Valley rival Fresno State on Wednesday night at the Rabobank Arena. Despite some hot shooting early and building a double-digit lead, Fresno State chipped away at the large deficit, erasing it late in the first half and scored the first 10 points of the second half to roll to an easy 73-55 win.
The Roadrunners made five threes in the first half, all by Alex Johnson, and owned leads of 19-10 and 26-16 early on.
Freshman guard Tyler Johnson made three consecutive free throws, that was followed by two driving layups by Jonathan Wills and a Greg Smith three-point play cut the lead to 30-29 with 4:20 remaining before halftime.
Smith stole the ball on CSUB's next possession and found Tim Steed for a lay-up and the Dogs briefly held a 31-30 lead. The Roadrunners regained the lead 37-34 at intermission.
Unlike the first game between the two schools in which Fresno State dominated the boards by a 52-26 count, the Roadrunners dominated the glass in the first half with a 26-13 edge.
The Bulldogs stormed of the locker room and took control of the game. Ned Golubovic scored his first basket of the game on Fresno State's first possession of half. Steed nailed a pull-up jumper from 12 feet in transition to give the Dogs a 38-37. After consecutive baskets by Smith and another by Steed, the Dogs scored the first 10 points of the half for a 44-37 lead.
Steed added two three pointers in a two minute stretch and finished with 23 points. The Dogs boosted their lead to 63-53 with 6 minutes remaining and held the Roadrunners to just 18 points in the second half.
"Defensively we really locked them up in the second half," said head coach Steve Cleveland. "We had some guys really step up. Jonathan Wills, Tim Steed and Tyler Johnson all really came in played well when we needed them to. This is one of those games that can be scary when you get out of the league in the middle of the season and it doesn't seem as important. These are tough games to get ready for so I'm really pleased to go on the road in a good environment and get a win."
The Roadrunners are a Division I independent program that had not played since the Feb. 7 game against the Dogs at the Save Mart Center, a 30-point Bulldog victory.
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