Mark Duffel
UC Merced UCSM 6-3
CSU Bakersfield CSUB 5-4
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 F
UC Merced UCSM 25 28 53
CSU Bakersfield CSUB 37 30 67

Game Recap: Men's Basketball |

Suber Pushes `Runners To 14-Point Victory,

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Just one game after posting his first double-double as a Roadrunner, redshirt senior James Suber one-upped himself on Tuesday night while leading CSU Bakersfield to victory in the Icardo Center. The 6-foot-8 forward reset career highs with 18 points and 19 rebounds to push CSUB past UC Merced, 67-53.

"I thought we played really good defense tonight," said Benjy Taylor, Assistant Coach of the `Runners. "They are a tough, scrappy team. They are well-coached. We have to give them a lot of credit. When we made mistakes on personnel, they made us pay for it."

Taylor went on to highlight some of CSUB's top performers from the night: "[Suber] got fouled 12 times tonight…He had a great game. Jarkel Joiner had a great game. We had a lot of input from some guys that we have been trying to get some consistency from…We rebounded the ball well, but I don't think we executed well on the offensive end at times."

The `Runners struggled to get the offense rolling in the first half, but solid defense and Joiner's and Suber's contributions on the other end kept CSUB ahead of UC Merced at the halftime break, 37-25. Joiner, a sophomore from Oxford, Miss., had 12 points in the opening period while Suber chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.

An early surge in the second half helped Bakersfield sprint to its largest lead of the game, 19 points, with 14:22 left on the clock. The `Runners shifted into cruise control from that point and held on for the 14-point victory on the Kern Schools Court. On the game, CSUB shot 44% from the field and 35% from behind the arc while limiting the Bobcats to just 35% and 38%, respectively, in those two categories. Bakersfield also out-rebounded UC Merced 46-27 on Tuesday.

Suber, a native of Philadelphia, reset career highs with 18 points and 19 rebounds while coming up just two rebounds shy of CSUB's Division I single-game record for rebounds. Joiner, a 6-foot-1 guard, finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Bakersfield got a pair of six-assist performances out of guards Rickey Holden and Taze Moore in the Icardo Center.

After a quick stop at home, CSUB (4-4) is now headed back on the road this weekend. The `Runners are scheduled to face off against Idaho on Saturday, Dec. 8, before returning to the Icardo Center for back-to-back home games.

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