Men’s hoops Ubers its way to win over Chicago State

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Senior center Aly Ahmed scores against Bristol in an exhibition game on Nov. 7. Photo from The Runner Archives

Joe Macias

Sports Editor

 

The CSU Bakersfield men’s basketball team was slowed down in cold and snowy Chicago, not by its opponent but by its broken-down bus that wouldn’t crank over which forced the Roadrunners team to take Ubers and taxis to face Chicago State University on Jan. 11.

CSUB head coach Rod Barnes said to NBC Sports that the bus driver called him about an hour before he was supposed to arrive explaining to him that the bus wouldn’t crank. Barnes stayed in contact with the bus driver, but it got too late so that is when the team had to resort to other transportation.

Other than that the ‘Runners had no problem getting its second Western Athletic Conference win against the Cougars (4-14, 0-2 Western Athletic Conference) 67-56.

CSUB senior center Aly Ahmed led the team with 22 points.

As a team the ‘Runners (12-5, 2-0 WAC) made 24 of their 50 attempts shooting 48 percent from the floor and holding the Cougars to just 33.9 percent.

The only thing that wasn’t going for CSUB in this game was its free throws as they shot 60 percent from the foul line making just 15 of its 25 attempts. This is just under the ‘Runners season average of 64.2 percent.

CSUB will play at Seattle University in another WAC showdown on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m., hoping to sweep its three-game road trip.