By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
CHICAGO -- Needing a win to move into fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference, Cal State Bakersfield lost 73-68 at Chicago State Saturday afternoon.
The Roadrunners (12-15, 5-8 WAC) had only one lead in the game, after their first basket.
CSUB tied it 50-50 with 13:20 left in the game but Chicago State scored 12 seconds later to take the lead for good. But the Cougars never led by more than five points the rest of the way. CSUB had a chance to tie it with 19 seconds left but Javonte Maynor missed an open shot from 3-point range.
Chicago State's Rahjan Muhammad sank 3-of-4 free throws in the final 13.4 seconds seal the win.
The game's biggest basket was a layup by Chicago State's Matt Ross, who took a lob pass from Quinton Pippen for a layup with 32 seconds left for a 70-67 lead.
The Roadrunners were bothered by Chicago State's pressure defense. CSUB had 19 turnovers. Chicago State shot 52 percent from the field.
CSUB senior guard Issiah Grayson had a game-high 21 points. Brandon Barnes and Maynor scored 11 apiece.
Chicago State had four double-figure scorers. Pippen, the nephew of former Chicago Bulls standout Scottie Pippen, had 18 points. Clarke Rosenberg scored 16 and Eddie Denard and Muhammad added 11 points each.
CSUB hosts Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m. Thursday and New Mexico State at 7 p.m. Saturday for Bakersfield's final two home games of the season.
Both will be played at Rabobank Arena.