The CSUB males’s basketball group opened the season on Monday night time, November 7, against San Diego Christian. The Men’ Runners took the lead early within the first half and did not let go. The sport resulted in an awesome 68-35 victory in favor of CSUB with a sturdy protection within the lead.
With protection on prime, CSUB induced 20 turnovers and held San Diego Christian on simply 14% 3-point taking pictures and simply 26.5% photographs from the sector. The sport began with a number of turnovers from San Diego Christian, a development that will proceed because of the CSUB protection. The turnovers allowed for an 11-0 run to take the sport 21-8 in favor of the ‘Runners’. The protection did not cease there, nevertheless, because the group racked up 3 cost calls halfway by way of the primary half, one thing the group has been engaged on.
A scary second occurred simply over halfway by way of the primary half when guard Kaleb Higgins (1) slammed the deck onerous and wanted assist off the courtroom. Luckily, Higgins would return within the second half and add 7 assists to the sport.
The Men’ Runners went into halftime with a 39-20 lead, with newcomer guard Marvin McGhee III (10) main all scorers with 11 factors.
Defense continued to be the secret as the beginning of the second half started with one other huge run helped by the CSUB’ Runners protection, permitting simply 4 factors in 10 minutes of the half and simply 15 factors all through the half . Good protection continued with huge blocks and steals to create the separation CSUB wanted. Even late within the sport, freshman guard Cedquavious Hunter (0) was squeezed into the laps of former CSUB President Horace Mitchell and present CSUB President Lynnette Zelezny, who appeared to take pleasure in a dominant efficiency from the lads’s runner group.
Senior Captain Cameron Smith (22) completed the sport stage on factors with teammate Marvin McGhee III (10) in factors, 11. After the sport, Cameron Smith spoke about how the group labored on many issues from their exhibition sport against Antelope Valley and he had that Feeling that the group performed a lot better. He added that the group purpose is to maintain San Diego Christian below 40 factors and that they might have favored to attain that purpose.
Antavion Collum (4) admitted the group nonetheless has work to do however they appeared extra snug standing on the bottom collectively. Collum spoke in regards to the robust protection the group prides themselves on and the way they should “bet on defense” for his or her upcoming sport.
Coach Rod Barnes is now coming into his twelfth season however remains to be discovering new issues to work on and other ways to arrange his group. Barnes praised the group for taking part in higher and extra purposefully, however nonetheless made it clear that the group wanted to work on some areas. “We have to rebound better” and “must play faster and be more aggressive,” Barnes demanded. Barnes expressed that the group has an opportunity to turn into a greater offensive group than in earlier years whereas sustaining their defensive energy.
The subsequent problem for Coach Barnes and the lads’s basketball group comes on Friday, November 11 when the group travels to Salt Lake City to play Utah University. The group faces an extended street journey and will not return to basketball on the Icardo Center till November 29 when it faces La Sierra University.