By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
EDINBURG, Texas -- Texas-Pan American continued its winning ways at home Friday night, rallying from behind to beat Cal State Bakersfield in overtime, 79-73.
The loss prevented CSUB's first three-game win streak of the season and ensured a sub-.500 season for the Roadrunners (10-16) after last season's 16-15 record. There are four games left.
This was a meeting between future Western Athletic Conference teams. Both schools are joining the WAC on July 1.
The Roadrunners trailed the entire game until Corey Hall's three-point play gave CSUB a 47-45 lead with 11:44 left in regulation.
The Roadrunners built a 63-54 lead with 4:44 left in regulation but didn't score again until OT.
Pan American also struggled for much of that span, going without a point from 6:53 to 2:22 until Aaron Urbanus hit a 3-pointer. That started a 9-0 run to end regulation that forced overtime.
CSUB had five turnovers in the final 4:43 of regulation and 23 in the game.
"Our biggest problem is that we turned the ball over on three straight possessions when we were up seven," CSUB coach Rod Barnes said. "... Just careless and not taking care of the basketball."
CSUB's Stephon Carter missed a 15-footer at the buzzer in regulation.
A layup by CSUB's Tyrone White on the first possession in OT gave the Roadrunners their final lead. CSUB went the next 2:14 without scoring.
Including the end of regulation and the opening minutes of OT, CSUB had only the two points in a 7:21 stretch.
Pan American (13-13) improved to 9-1 at home. CSUB fell to 2-11 on the road in its first overtime game this season.
Stephon Carter led the way for CSUB with 22 points, six steals, five assists and four rebounds. Javonte Maynor scored 17 points and Brandon Barnes added 11.
Roadrunners Maynor, Young and Hall fouled out. CSUB made only 2-of-13 of its attempts from 3-point range.