Cal State Bakersfield's Kevin Mays, left, is guarded by Utah Valley's Mitch Bruneel during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Western Athletic Conference tournament Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)
Ronda Churchill
March 12, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) Tyrell Corbin led a balanced attack and Cal State Bakersfield closed the game with a 13-1 run to defeat Utah Valley State 55-40 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals in the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

The fourth-seeded Roadrunners (14-18) made 15 of 19 free throws in the second half to earn a date with league-champion New Mexico State on Friday.

The Wolverines (11-19), seeded fifth, missed their last eight shots to finish in a 1 for 11 drought. Donte Williams had 15 points for Utah Valley State, which shot 25 percent in the second half, including 1 of 12 from 3-point range.

Aly Ahmed added 10 points for Bakersfield and Kevin Mays grabbed 14 rebounds.

Jaylin Airington's 3-pointer gave Bakersfield a 24-22 lead at the half. Javonte Maynor's 3 and Brent Wrapp's 3-point play midway through the second half put the Roadrunners up for good but Williams hit four of five free throws, and the Wolverines were within three with 4:34 to go.

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