FRESNO -- Issiah Grayson had 20 second-half points in a low-scoring affair and willed Cal State Bakersfield to a 61-50 victory over Northern Arizona on Friday night in the Fresno State Classic.
"In the second half our guys did a very good job of defending on the ball and playing with more purpose on defense,"said CSUB coach Rod Barnes in a news release. "Hopefully we got the bad game out of the way and we'll come out tomorrow night and play much better."
Bakersfield (5-1) led only 41-38 before Grayson scored 13 points in the last 5:20 to spark a 20-12 run. Grayson also scored 7 unanswered points over a 1:11 stretch to give Bakersfield its first lead of the second half 39-36 with 9:48 left.
"It was the same sort of half we had against Idaho State," said Barnes in a news release. "Turning the ball over, not taking good shots not being smart with our play ... I thought in the second half we played with a lot more energy, a lot more purpose in our game and I thought Issiah, our senior, stepped up big for us tonight."
Both teams scored only three total points over the next 4 minutes before Grayson took over again the closing minutes.
Grayson finished with 21 while Erik Kinney and Javonte Maynor scored 11 apiece.
Northern Arizona (2-4) had 20 offensive rebounds and edged Cal State Bakersfield 43-29 on the glass. But the Lumberjacks turned the ball over 23 times, shot 32.7 percent and missed all 11 3-point attempts. Aaseem Dixon led Northern Arizona with 15 points and Max Jacobsen added 13.
BC men's basketball
Corey Mitchell led Bakersfield College with 12 points, but it wasn't enough as the Renegades lost to Merritt College 78-54 in the BC Thanksgiving Tournament.
Lawrence Moore and Van Halloway each added 10 points for Bakersfield (4-2).
The Renegades host Reedley College today at 3 p.m.
Jam posts first victory
SANTA CRUZ -- Mac Koshwal led the way with 22 points and 18 rebounds as the Bakersfield Jam posted its first victory of the season, 107-92 over the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Jared Cunningham added 23 points, while Brian Butch had 20 points and 14 rebounds.