The coach may not have been thinking revenge, but his players certainly were.
"It definitely motivated us," said senior guard Zach Lamb after the Cal State Bakersfield cruised to a 74-66 win over Sacramento State before 1,201 people Wednesday night in the Icardo Center. "The way they trash talked us. We didn't appreciate it."
That was last year when the Roadrunners lost 85-67 at Sac State.
But this one was different. Four players scored in double figures and the hot-shooting Roadrunners (2-1) won the 800th game in the program's history.
"We have a totally different team this year," said Lamb, who had 14 points. "We came out here fired up."
CSUB coach Rod Barnes said he thought his players from last year took that loss personally.
"I didn't. I just wanted the win," Barnes said. "But we got embarrassed up there. We're at the point in our program where maybe we get beat, but getting embarrassed, losing by 20 or 25 points, you don't want that to happen. We're too old. We have too many veterans, four to five guys who can score in double figures."
Javonte Maynor scored 18 to lead CSUB and went 4-of-6 on 3s. Each of those seemed to come when the Hornets (1-1) were trying to rally back into the game.
Maynor missed his first 3-point attempt, then passed up an open look. But after drilling his next attempt, he seemed to be in a groove.
"I wanted to take great shots," Maynor said. "My main focus this year is to hit 50 percent. I don't have to take tough shots."
"Javonte's been working real hard," said senior point guard Issiah Grayson, who had 15 points and five assists. "He had the hot hand tonight."
Senior forward Stefon Johnson added 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Hornets scored the game's first four points, but CSUB took the lead for good by scoring 15 of the next 16 points. The Roadrunners' biggest lead was 65-48 with 2:27 left.
Sacramento staged a furious comeback after that but simply was too far behind to seriously challenge.
Sacramento junior guard Dylan Garrity had a game-high 22 points, the same total he had last season against CSUB. But 20 of those came in the last 13:19 when the Roadrunners had the game under control.
Hornets' guard Mikh McKinney, who had 23 points vs. CSUB last season, finished with 11 and had only four second-half points.
"I thought we played great defense which gave us the opportunity to take the lead we had," Barnes said. "Garrity's a good player and hit some 3s. It was a good thing we had the game in hand when he got hot."
Barnes added: "Sacramento State is a good team. They have good guards. Their big guys have not been together long.
"But I thought our guards outplayed their guards tonight."
CSUB plays host to Nevada Monday in Rabobank Arena starting at 7 p.m.