By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
EDINBURG, Texas — Cal State Bakersfield snapped its four-game Western Athletic Conference losing streak Saturday night in a 72-64 win at Texas-Pan American.
The Roadrunners concluded the first half of WAC play. They travel to Grand Canyon in Phoenix Saturday to open the second half of the conference.
Senior guard Issiah Grayson’s 27 points on 8 of 10 shooting and Javonte Maynor’s 13 points led the way for the Roadrunners (9-13, 2-6 WAC).
CSUB also got a boost from senior forward Stefon Johnson, who sank back-to-back 3-pointers inside the final five minutes.
Bakersfield has not played well late in games, which has led to several narrow losses. But on Saturday, CSUB used Johnson’s shots and 6-for-6 free throws to hold off the Broncs. Pan American (6-17, 2-6 WAC) was held to 3-of-12 shooting over the final five minutes.
Grayson reached 20 points for the eighth time this season. He also had four assists and three steals.
CSUB trailed 31-26 at halftime and didn’t take its first lead of the game until the 17-minute mark of the second half. CSUB took the lead for good with 5:25 remaining, 58-57, on Erik Kinney’s layup.
Pan American was only 2-of-17 on 3-pointers, including 1-for-11 in the second half. The Broncs were led by Shaquille Hines’ 15 points.