Bakersfield, CA – Damiyne Durham hit four three-pointers in the second half and CSU Bakersfield took advantage of a six-minute scoring drought by Portland State to beat the Vikings 78-66 at the Icardo Center.
It was Portland State’s fifth straight loss in non-conference play, dropping the Vikings to 3-7 on the season. CSUB improved to 7-0 at home and 8-4 overall with the win.
Durham had 14 points for the Roadrunners, who made 8-13 three-pointers (62%) in the game. Jaylin Airington had 15 points for the ‘Runners, Aly Ahmed scored 13, and Kevin Mays added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Both defenses were allowing the opposition to get easy penetration to the hoop in the first half. So much so for the Vikings that they did not attempt a three-pointer for the first 12 minutes. Bakersfield got the lead early and never gave it back, hitting 17-27 shots from the field (.630) in the half.
Bakersfield’s largest lead was the halftime score of 40-33. Airington led CSUB by hitting 5-5 shots, including 2-2 from three-point range, for 12 points by half.
Airington hit another three in the first minute of the second half and soon the Bakersfield lead was 45-32.
After a pair of three-pointers by Robinson, the Vikings were back as close as four at 48-44 with 13:54 to go in the game. But the Vikings did not score again until the eight-minute mark and by then were trailing by 14.
Portland State did not get closer than nine points after that.
CSU Bakersfield made 28-52 shots overall (.538), while PSU was 27-61 (.443). The Vikings made 6-12 free throws, while the Roadrunners hit 14-21.
GAME NOTES: Head Coach Tyler Geving started his sixth different lineup in 10 games with Donivine Stewart, Calaen Robinson, Bryce White, Isaiah Pineiro and Collin Spickerman getting the nod… Stewart had four assists to lead the Vikings. He has 22 assists against just five turnovers this season… the Vikings are now 1-5 on the road… Portland State’s final non-conference game comes on Dec. 29, when the Vikings host Cal State Fullerton. Tip-off is 7:05 p.m. at the Stott Center. Live video and audio are available at GoViks.com. Live stats can be found at ViksLive.com.