Damiyne Durham is arguably the most explosive scorer on the Cal State Bakersfield team. He’ll go through streaks where he struggles to hit a shot, but he can also change the tide of a game in a matter of minutes or even seconds.
Fortunately for the Roadrunners, it was the latter that was on display Sunday against Lamar.
Durham hit back-to-back 3s with four minutes left to stretch a six-point lead to 11. The Roadrunners (2-2) held on for an eventual 85-73 win over Lamar (3-1) at the Montagne Center on Sunday for its first win over a Division I opponent this season.
Durham scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half. He helped CSUB shoot 62.5 percent in the second half compared to 40.9 in the first. His two late shots even overshadowed the 22- and 18-point performances of Shon Briggs and Jarkel Joiner, respectively.
The trio led a team working mostly without its leader and most experienced player in Brent Wrapp, who played just 11 minutes before fouling out with 7:48 left in a seven-point game. The Roadrunners had their best shooting performance of the season, hitting 52.2 percent of their shots from the field and 47.6 percent from 3.
The first of Durham’s two 3s in a row came from the left side of the basket in front of the CSUB bench. It drained through the net perfectly. Durham went back to the same spot for the second one and sunk it, too, despite being knocked into the Roadrunners sideline.
The pace of the game was slowed to a grinding halt at times with 59 fouls between the teams. CSUB made 27 of its 33 free throw attempts and Lamar made 23 of its 34.
Four different players fouled out and every player to touch the floor was charged with at least one foul. Roadrunners center Moataz Aly earned a technical less than three minutes into the game and Barnes got one in the second half.
Joiner benefited the most from all the fouls called, hitting all 12 of his attempts from the line.
CSUB led for more than 31 minutes and by as much as 14. The Roadrunners only had a 36-33 lead at halftime though, thanks to a Joiner steal and coast-to-coast layup followed by one of Durham’s 3s.