Texas-Rio Grande Valley guard Moe McDonald tipped in a missed 3-pointer with virtually no time left on the clock to sink Cal State Bakersfield, 68-66, on the road on Saturday. The Roadrunners are now 10-15 overall and tied with Missouri-Kansas City for the second-to-last spot in the Western Athletic Conference at 3-7.
Facing an eight-point deficit with three minutes left, CSUB guard Damiyne Durham hit a 3-pointer to spark the Roadrunners’ comeback attempt. He hit another one minute later and suddenly the Roadrunners were down just three points.
UTRGV converted a free throw on its ensuing possession but CSUB redshirt freshman Justin Davis banked in a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one.
Davis grabbed the rebound after UTRGV’s Javon Levi missed the second of two free throws with 28 seconds left. A quick outlet pass to CSUB guard Rickey Holden led to an easy layup and tie game with 22 seconds to go.
The Vaqueros held for the last shot. UTRGV leading scorer Nick Dixon took a contested 3 with four seconds left that hit off the rim and hung in the air for a few seconds. McDonald crashed toward the basket and tipped the ball. It bounced around the rim and fell through the net moments before time expired.
CSUB outshot UTRGV in terms of percentage (46.2-37.7 percent), total makes (24-20) and made 3s (8-7). The Roadrunners out-rebounded the Vaqueros (41-28) and dominated points in the paint (24-12).
But CSUB also turned the ball over 22 times, which led to 15 UTRGV points and the Vaqueros converted 21 of their 27 free throws.
The Roadrunners wouldn’t have been in the game if not for a season-high 26 points from Durham.