Late Bucket Beats Men
Jan. 14, 2012
Bakersfield, Calif. -
Issiah Grayson's jump shot with 2.8 seconds to play gave CSU Bakersfield a 67-65 non-conference victory Saturday night over Cal State Fullerton.
The Roadrunners won their third in a row and improved to 10-9, giving them their most wins in a Div. I season and a season sweep of the Titans, who lost their third in a row to fall to 10-6. Perry Webster came up short on a half-court shot at the buzzer.
Stephon Carter led all scorers with 25 points and Grayson finished with 12. Isiah Umipig led the Titans with 17 points. Omondi Amoke had 15 and a game-high 8 rebounds before fouling out with 2:45 to play.
Webster's 3-point basket with 1 minute to play tied the game at 65-65. Carter missed a baseline jumper but three Titans fought each other for the rebound and the ball ended up with Rashad Savage to set up the game-winning shot about 20 seconds later.
"I thought our kids reallly competed," said Fullerton Coach Bob Burton. "But we missed two wide-open shots down the stretch and they made the game-winner.
"I was happy with our effort. It's been a tough 3-game road swing."
Fullerton again let a first-half lead dissipate, this time a 9-pointer at 23-14 with 8:27 to go in the first half, which ended tied at 33-33. The Roadrunners led for virtually the entire second half but never by more than 6 points.
Fullerton is home Wednesday night to UC Riverside, which is off to its best Div. I start ever.