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Tuesday, Feb 12 2013 09:13 PM

'Runners sweep series vs. UTSA

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

SAN ANTONIO -- Cal State Bakersfield made 13 consecutive free throws in the final minutes Tuesday to seal a 61-52 victory over UT San Antonio at the Convocation Center.

The Roadrunners, who never trailed, broke open a tie game with a 10-2 run midway through the second half.

The victory gave CSUB a season sweep of the two-game series with UTSA, which also is nicknamed the Roadrunners.

CSUB built a nine-point first half lead, limiting UTSA 28 percent shooting, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range before intermission.

UTSA opened the second half on a 11-2 run to tie it 30-30.

CSUB took the lead for good following Adam Young's 3-pointer and ensuing technical foul on the UTSA bench. That sparked the Roadrunners' decisive run.

"Our guys really came out with a lot of energy and we preached that all week about coming out with the same energy that we did at home (against UTSA) and that made a big difference for us," CSUB assistant coach Jeff Conarroe said.

Senior Stephon Carter led the CSUB with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting and 6-of-8 free throws. Young scored a season-high 14, making 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 3-pointers. He added six rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Teammate Tyrone White scored 12.

"I really thought our seniors and senior leadership stepped up tonight, great leadership on and off the court verbally and by action too and they really played well," Conarroe said.

CSUB made 19-of-21 free throws and outrebounded UTSA 31-27.

CSUB will visit future Western Athletic Conference opponent UT Pan American on Thursday in Edinburg, Texas.

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