Cal State Bakersfield's game against Western Athletic Conference foe Texas-Pan American on Thursday night was a tale of two vastly different halves.
The Roadrunners shot poorly and fell behind by as many as 18 points in the first half before rallying to take the lead with a stellar second-half effort but ultimately lost 63-61 in front of an announced crowd of 1,244 at Rabobank Arena.
"We came out sluggish tonight but after halftime our guys kind of put it together," CSUB coach Rod Barnes said. "Kind of played like the team we are. But we had dug such a hole for ourselves. It was a long journey back. In the end they made some plays they needed to make."
Javonte Maynor scored 15 points, all on 3-pointers, for CSUB, which shot 30-percent from the field in the first half and 56-percent in the second half.
Maynor sank a 3-pointer from the left corner with 4:05 remaining in the game to give Bakersfield (12-16, 5-9 WAC) a 59-57 lead.
The 'Runners led by two when, with 18.2 seconds left, the Broncs' (9-20, 5-9 WAC) Shaquille Hines banked in a game-winning 3 from the top of the key.
CSUB's two final attempts to reclaim the lead failed when Aly Ahmed missed a tough shot inside and Brandon Barnes misfired on a desperation 3-pointer while falling out of bounds in the right corner at the buzzer.
Hines had a game-high 18 points for UTPA, which lost at home to CSUB by eight points earlier this month.
"I think we took them lightly," Maynor said. "And they were hitting shots and we weren't hitting any. That's why the game looks like it was so out of proportion. In the second half we came out and actually played like we're capable of."
Barnes and Maynor were largely responsible for the 'Runners' second-half offensive resurgence. Barnes was 5 of 9 from the floor and finished with 11 points.
Issiah Grayson had 12 points and eight assists for CSUB.
Bakersfield connected on just 3 of its first 14 field goal attempts. The 'Runners also struggled early at the foul line, going 3 of 11 in the first half.
The only reason Bakersfield was able to stay relatively close in the first half was its strong effort on the boards. The 'Runners grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and scored nine second-chance points during the first 20 minutes.
Despite Bakersfield's advantage inside, the Broncs went on 26-8 tear early in building a 31-13 lead.
Down 36-23 at halftime, the 'Runners caught fire behind the hot outside shooting of Maynor, who made three 3-pointers in just over a minute to cut Texas-Pan American's advantage to 46-42. He finished with 15 points.
Bakersfield took the lead midway through the second half on Barnes' driving bank over a defender.
The teams traded the lead two more times before Hines put the Broncs ahead for good with a banked-in 3.
"That was just a tough situation with the bank shot on us," Rod Barnes said. "I thought we had defended it well. We didn't want to give up the 3. We got a hand up. The guy kind of threw it up. I thought definitely it was coming off but he banked the shot (in)."