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CSUB's Rickey Holden (2) drives to the basket past UTRGV's Xavier McDonald, Jr. during the first half of a Jan. 11 game at the Icardo Center.

Nick Ellis / For The Californian

Cal State Bakersfield junior guard Rickey Holden is “sore” but will play in the Roadrunners’ game against Chicago State at home on Thursday, CSUB head coach Rod Barnes said.

Holden appeared to step on a teammates’ foot while playing defense with about 10 minutes left in the game against Seattle on Jan. 26. He limped to the bench and did not come back in the game.

Holden practiced lightly on Monday, Barnes said, and worked out a little bit Tuesday morning.

“He’s good,” Barnes said. “He turned his ankle. … He’s gonna play. He’s sore.”

The junior college transfer from Laurel, Mississippi is averaging 10 points, three assists and more than 32 minutes per game. Holden was averaging the most minutes in the conference and was in the top 150 (out of several thousand) in the country for minutes per game early in conference play.

Barnes has since eased Holden’s workload. He hasn’t been in the starting lineup the last two games.

“I backed off some of Rickey’s minutes because I don’t want him to run out of gas come the end of the year,” Barnes said. “I took him out of the starting lineup to try to take some of that pressure off him. He’s played as many minutes as probably anybody that I’ve had in conference play.”

When Holden got hurt, starting point guard Brent Wrapp was on the bench with four fouls. That put freshman guard Jarkel Joiner in charge of the offense.

Barnes said he is comfortable using Joiner “in a pinch” because the freshman now understands the offense, but that Joiner’s place is not at the point.

“As Jarkel matures and gets older and just his experience of what he’s doing, he’ll bring the basketball up,” Barnes said. “But I don’t ever want to put him in the position that he’s like our point guard, that I’m planning for him to be a point guard because I just think he has an opportunity to be such a big-time scorer eventually.”

CSUB wrestling hosts Cal Poly on Wednesday

Cal State Bakersfield’s wrestling team (4-9, 0-2 Pac-12) will hit the mat again for a home match with conference rival Cal Poly (0-5, 0-1) in the Icardo Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Most recently, the Roadrunners lost to then-No. 8 Arizona State at home on Jan. 24. CSUB was down by just three points heading into the final two matches of the night.

“We want to build off of our performance from last week,” CSUB head coach Manny Rivera said to GoRunners.com. “Cal Poly is a tough team and we need to be at our best to have a successful showing against them."

The Cal Poly dual will likely pit two Top 25 wrestlers against each other. CSUB’s Matt Williams, ranked No. 14 at 197 pounds, could take on Cal Poly’s Tom Lane, who is ranked No. 23.

Cal Poly also has Colton Schilling, who is No. 31 at 141 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Russell Rohlfing has been CSUB’s wrestler at 141 pounds.

CSUB’s ranked wrestlers include No. 28 Sergio Mendez (125 pounds), No. 28 Sean Nickell (133) and No. 16 Coleman Hammond (157).

Jon Mettus can be reached at 661-395-7389. Follow him on Twitter at @jmettus.

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