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Saturday, Feb 09 2013 10:54 PM

Carter breaks CSUB scoring record in win

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    By John Harte / The Californian

    Stephon Carter became CSU Bakersfield's all-time scoring leader with this driving layup in the second half Saturday night at the Icardo Center, beating Cal State San Marcos guards Quincy Lawson (5) and Jose Rivera (15).

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    By John Harte / The Californian

    CSU Bakersfield's Tyrone White scores on San Marcos' Adam Eakles in the first half Saturday night at the Icardo Center.

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    By John Harte / The Californian

    Cal State San Marcosguard Bryan Emanuel looks to get the ball to a teammate as he is pressured on this loose ball scramble in the first half by by CSU Bakersfield's Adam Young (21) and Matthew Ratto (4).

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

Stephon Carter took a pass about 15 feet from the basket and immediately drove for a layup.

Cal State San Marcos defender Quincy Lawson tried to stop him, but all he could do was foul as the ball banked off the glass and through the net.

There was 12:13 left on the second-half game clock and Carter, the senior guard from Cal State Bakersfield, had just set the CSUB career scoring record.

Carter added nine more points after that layup, finishing with a game-high 23 to lead the Roadrunners to an 82-71 win before 1,175 in the Icardo Center.

But the night belonged to Carter. Other than PA announcer Mike Cushine informing the crowd that Carter had set the record, no special celebration for Carter's accomplishment would happen this night.

Carter's accomplishment will be celebrated prior to CSUB's next home game, Feb. 20 against South Dakota State.

Carter, a Bakersfield product who was a four-year varsity standout at Garces High before coming to CSUB, has 1,531 career points. He passed Kenny Warren, a standout at CSUB from 1990-94 who has 1,521 career points.

"I'm glad it's over," Carter said after CSUB improved to 9-15. "When I committed here, I wasn't thinking about being the all-time leading scorer. That's not one of the goals I had.

“To accomplish that feels good. ... It was picture-perfect to get it here. My dad got to see it. My daughter got to see it.”

When he scored the record-setting layup, CSUB’s entire bench stood and applauded. Teammate Tyrone White, who was in the game, waved his arms to raise the noise level of the crowd.

“My teammates were more excited than I was,” Carter said. “It was a relief. I thought, ‘Now let’s get this game going and win.’ It felt good, though.

“I can’t deny that.”

After the game, Carter spent several minutes on the court posing for pictures with fans, family and friends.

“That felt good,” Carter said. “The majority of it was family and people I knew growing up here.
“It just felt good — people asking me to sign autographs like I’m an NBA player and I’m still at Cal State.”

Teammate Brandon Barnes, who had 20 points, said it was special sharing the moment.

“For me, Steph is one of my brothers,” Barnes said. “I’ve had a close relationship with him since I got to Bakersfield. It was like I got the record. I was excited for him. I’m probably more excited for him than he is.”

CSUB coach Rod Barnes, Brandon’s father, echoed Carter’s feelings.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Rod Barnes said. “Congratulations to Stephon. What a wonderful night for him to play as well as he did and become the all-time leading scorer.

“That’s something we’re all honored and proud to be a part of because it will be a long time before someone breaks his record, I think, and we had a chance to be a part of it.”

Warren, when contacted by telephone, said he knew Carter was on the verge of breaking his record. He’d been informed by White — Warren and White are both from Portland, Ore.

“Tyrone White texted me a couple of weeks ago, saying my scoring record was about to crumble,” Warren said. “I was ready for that. I got 20 years of that record. I can’t complain.”

CSUB built a 14-point first-half lead before San Marcos, ranked No. 8 in the nation by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, closed the first half on a 17-6 run to pull within 39-36 at halftime. There were six lead changes in the second half, five after Carter set the record.

Carter sank a fallaway 12-foot jump shot to tie the game 60-60 and CSUB pulled away after that. This game didn’t count toward the Cougars’ record (20-4) because the NAIA considers games against Division I schools to be exhibitions.

San Marcos had only four points in an 8:48 stretch starting with 10:20 remaining in the game. A 15-4 CSUB run during that time put the game away.

White added 14 points and Javonte Maynor scored 12 for CSUB. San Marcos was led by former Northern Arizona guard Danny Redmon, who scored 16.

Bryan Emanuel, a former CSUB player, finished with three points in 14 minutes before fouling out with 5:44 left in the game.

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