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Chicago State and CUSB players head for the ball during Thursday night first half action at the Icardo Center in Bakersfield.

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Chicago State's Corey Gray tries to make a pass from the floor while CSUB guard, Issiah Grayson gets back on his feet after the earlier play.

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CSUB's Stefon Johnson, right, and teammate Zach Lamb, left, work on preventing Chicago State's Jared Dimakos from making a basket.

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CSUB guard Brandon Barnes works his way around Chicago State's Clarke Rosenberg, Thursday.

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CSUB guard Zach Lamb shoots past Chicago State's Matt Ross, Thursday in Bakersfield.

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CSUB shooter Issiah Grayson makes a 3 point jumper over Chicago State's Matt Ross.

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The referees get in a short break during a timeout at the CSUB and Chicago State University game Thursday.

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CSUB forward Erik Kinney shoots over Chicago State's Quinton Pippen at the Icardo Center.

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CSUB center Aly Ahmed puts up the defense as Chicago State's Markus Starks takes a shot Thursday in Bakersfield.

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CSUB guard Brandon Barnes snags the rebound after Chicago State's Marcus Starks missed the shot also in on the play is center Aly Ahmed with the Roadrunners.

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CSUB guard Zach Lamb hustles past Chicago State's forward Marcus Starks under the boards.

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Chicago State's Clarke Rosenberg takes leap for a shot against CSUB guard Tyrell Corbin, Thursday in Bakersfield during first half action.

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CSUB forward Stefon Johnson makes a nice shot over the top of Chicago State's Matt Ross, Thursday evening.

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CSUB guard Issiah Grayson goes after a loose ball during Thursday nights game at the Icardo Center against Chicago State University.

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CSUB guard Javonte Maynor makes a sharp pass as Chicago State's Clarke Rosenberg gets close to the action Thurday at the Icardo Center during first half action.

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.