‘Runners unbeaten at home

By Vanessa Villalvazo, Sports Editor

The CSU Bakersfield men’s basketball team is off to a great start with 12 wins and 6 loses. They are undefeated at the Icardo Center as they have not lost a home game. Their game against Kansas City on Jan. 17 ended with a result of 74-73.

With just 0.2 seconds left on the clock, Jarkel Joiner was fouled on the three-point line. Joiner was given three free throws and the Roadrunners won as a result of him making all three. This is the second game where the Runners take the win at the last second as they beat Utah Valley the same way, with Taze Moore making a buzzer-beating shot. This win puts CSUB tied for first place in the WAC standings.

On gorunners.com, CSUB head coach Rod Barnes said, “I’m just thankful to God for the victory. It seems like some special things are happening on this court. I don’t want to say it, but maybe we’re the most exciting show in town…I think the support we had from our fans made the difference.”

CSUB faced Chicago State on Jan. 19 and ended the game with a result of 86-73.

Chicago opened the game leading with a 12-5 run before the Runners senior Damiyne Durham hit some three pointers, and put the Runners up 14-12. The second quarter ended with the Cougars leading with a score of 39-37.

In the third quarter, the Roadrunners managed to tie the game with a score of 67-67. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that CSUB woke up leading with a 15-0 run, which gave them the victory.
The Roadrunners are getting ready for their next game home against UC Santa Cruz on Tuesday night Jan. 29.

This game will feature President’s Spirit Night and Faith & Family Night. All CSUB students who attend this game will recieve a $10 arcade card to The BLVD!, a restaurant with attractions, like a beer garden and laser tag located in Bakersfield.

Tipoff in the Icardo Center will be at 7 p.m, as the Roadrunners look to keep their 8-0 undefeated streak at home.
This game also counts toward the requirements to attend the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas on March 14 through 16.