The two shots that Cal State Bakersfield had to tie the score or take the lead from Seattle with fewer than 30 seconds left both came up empty.
Shon Briggs’ open 3-pointer hit the front of the rim. It would have given CSUB a one-point lead with 24 seconds remaining. Damiyne Durham’s 3 got blocked in the corner by Redhawk Jordan Hill with 13 seconds left, when CSUB was down by three.
The Roadrunners’ comeback attempt fell just short and CSUB (8-13, 1-5 Western Athletic Conference) lost to Seattle (15-8, 4-2), 59-55, on the road on Friday. CSUB nearly weathered a 10-point deficit it faced with fewer than four minutes left in the contest.
The Roadrunners have lost seven of their last eight games with just one win since Dec. 16.
When CSUB guard Rickey Holden stepped on a teammate’s foot and left the game limping with about 10 minutes left, it looked like the game might get out of hand. Starting point guard Brent Wrapp was already on the bench with four fouls. Freshman Jarkel Joiner, who rarely runs the point for CSUB, was left in command of the offense with the Roadrunners down nine.
A Joiner jumper and lofted pass to Durham for a 3 cut the Redhawks’ lead to four points before Seattle extended it to 10 again.
But Wrapp came back in with 3:50 left and Durham took over. Durham scored in transition after Briggs saved a ball from going out. Durham made two free throws after being fouled on a 3 and buried the next 3-pointer on the run to bring CSUB within two with 1:21 left.
Durham finished the game with 13 points in a team-high 37 minutes. He was 3-of-10 from 3-point land. Briggs had a team-high 14 points as CSUB went to him early and often in the game. Briggs took nine of the team’s 25 shots in the first half.
CSUB hit three more shots than Seattle (20 compared to 17) and shot a better percentage than the Redhawks (38 percent compared to 34 percent), but the difference was Seattle’s eight 3s. CSUB had just five 3s and missed the two that mattered most.