CS Bakersfield beats UC Merced

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Cal
State-Bakersfield had five players score in double figures and dominated
down low in a 97-54 win over UC-Merced on Monday night.

After George Idehen’s 3-point shot tied
the game at 5-5, the Roadrunners (1-1) went on a 28-7 run, opening up a
21-point lead and never again leading by less than 17 in the game.

Matt Ratto paced Bakersfield with 15
points, hitting 5 of 6 from behind the arc. Tyrell Corbin, Abdul Ahmed
and Erik Kinney each scored 12 in the win. Zech Smith added 10.

Bakersfield out-rebounded the Bobcats
36-18, including 13-4 on the offensive glass. Brandon Barnes had a
career-high 13 rebounds.

Issiah Grayson, who redshirted last
season due to a knee injury, had seven assists. He ranked 25th in the
nation with 5.8 assists per game as a junior in 2011-12.

Griffin Alexander paced Merced with 20 points off the bench.