SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — D.J. Brown scored 33 points, the most ever by a San Jose State freshman, keying a 78-70 victory Monday night over CS Bakersfield.
Wil Carter added 14 points for the Spartans (7-13), who snapped a five-game skid. James Kinney and Calvin Douglas each had 10.
Adam Young led the Roadrunners (11-10) with 17 points. Issiah Grayson scored 14 points to go with seven assists and six rebounds. Stephon Carter added 10 for the Roadrunners, whose four-game winning streak ended.
Brown, a guard from Los Angeles, made 9 of 11 shots, including 6 of 7 from 3-point range, and went 9 of 10 from the line. His previous high had been 14 against Coppin State.
CS Bakersfield jumped to a 23-4 lead, but San Jose State rallied to take a 36-35 edge at halftime. It was the largest deficit the Spartans had overcome in coach George Nessman's six-plus seasons.
Midway through the second half, the Spartans went on a 12-2 run to build a 64-55 advantage with 7:30 left. Brown scored eight points during the run, hitting a pair of 3-pointers.
CS Bakersfield cut its deficit to 71-68 on Grayson's three-point play, but Brown hit a step-back 3-pointer, putting the Spartans up 74-68 with 1:30 left.
Brown scored 16 points in the first half. He shot 3-for-4 from the field, 3-for-3 from long range and 7-for-8 from the line.
The Spartans made 12 of 14 free throws in the first half to just 2 of 3 for the Roadrunners.
After falling behind by 19 points with 11:35 left in the first half, San Jose State went on a 19-2 run, cutting the gap to 25-23 with 4:12 left. Brown scored eight points during the surge.
The Roadrunners then built a 35-26 advantage, but San Jose State scored the final 10 points of the half. Douglas put the Spartans up 36-35 with a 3-pointer with less than a minute left.