Suffering heartbreaks in their first two games in the 2021-22 Big West Conference, Cal State Bakersfield finally got it going.
The Roadrunners took a 73-60 win over Cal Poly for their breakthrough win in their mother conference, Wednesday morning (Manila time) at the Icardo Center in Bakersfield, California.
A starter for the second straight game, Dalph Panopio played 16 minutes, finishing with three points and two rebounds.
Entering the second half knotted at 30-all, CSUB went on a hot start in the final half, going on a 12-4 rally to gain the lead for good.
The Roadrunners led by as much as 15 points in the contest before taking a 13-point victory to go up to an even 6-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Shawn Stith had a season-high 16 points and seven rebounds while Kaleb Higgins added 17 points to lead the way for the home squad.
Travis Henson and Justin McCall chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The former school of Dwight Ramos fell to 4-11 for the season and 1-3 in the Big West.
Alimamy Koroma led the way for the Mustangs with 18 points and seven rebounds.
CSUB will next face Hawaii on Friday, still at Icardo Center.