Returning to the Icardo Center Thursday night was supposed to get Cal State Bakersfield men's basketball back on track.
Instead, it was the same story: another frustrating loss.
Bakersfield fell to 0-3 at home in Western Athletic Conference play with Thursday's 71-63 loss to Chicago State, which is in second place in the conference with a 4-1 WAC record.
Many of the announced crowd of 1,005 began filing out before the final buzzer.
"It's just disappointing in the way we played, overall," CSUB coach Rod Barnes said. "We've just got guys who are not playing well. ... We've got guys who can make plays. Tonight we just didn't make the plays we needed to make."
Issiah Grayson had a game-high 28 points, one point short of his CSUB career high.
Stefon Johnson added 12 points but CSUB (8-11, 1-4 WAC) lacked consistency from anyone else.
Brandon Barnes and Javonte Maynor, who came into the game averaging 9.3 and 9 points, respectively, did not score. Neither did starting center Abdul Ahmed.
"You can accept one guy having a bad game. That's just part of it," Rod Barnes said. "But neither guy (Brandon Barnes and Maynor) scoring a basket is a pretty tough situation."
The continuing struggles at home have been tough to handle, Barnes said.
"We're behind the 8-ball. There's no way you can sugarcoat it. ... We've lost three conference games at home and we need to get one."
Chicago State (9-10) led 31-28 at halftime and CSUB never caught up.
The Roadrunners pulled within 49-48 on Grayson's off-balance layup with 6:57 remaining, but the Cougars scored seven of the next nine points and maintained control after that.
Chicago State hit 11 of 12 free throws over the final 3:35 and had its only turnover over the final 8:40 in the final seconds when the game was decided.
The Cougars had only nine turnovers in the game compared to the 15 per game they averaged.
CSUB had 14 turnovers, many on balls slapped away by the hard-pressing Chicago State defense.
Bakersfield and Chicago State each had 35 rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds, but the Cougars had a 13-7 edge in second-chance points.
"We weren't strong with the basketball," Barnes said. "We'd get a stop; when they got a hot we defended it well, and they'd get an offensive rebound.
"Or we'd get a stop, we'd come down, and we'd have a turnover. Every time we needed to make a key play, we didn't make it."
The Cougars were led by Clarke Rosenberg's 21 points and seven rebounds. Matt Ross and Quinton Pippen, the nephew of NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, had 14 points each.
CSUB plays host to Mo.-Kansas City Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Icardo Center.