Ahmed scores 22 as CS Bakersfield beats Chicago State, 67-56

CHICAGO (AP) Aly Ahmed scored 22 points and Cal State Bakersfield won its second-straight Western Athletic Conference game on the road to start its league season, holding off Chicago State, 67-56 Monday night.

The Roadrunners (12-5, 2-0) won at Missouri-Kansas City Saturday night.

Bakersfield build a 12-point lead in the first half, taking a 36-24 advantage into intermission.

Ahmed shot a crisp 8 of 10 from the field, hitting his lone 3-point attempt, and the Roadrunners shot 24 of 50 from the floor, but just 4 of 15 from long range. Dedrick Basile added 12 points and Damiyne Durham grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Cougars (4-14, 0-2) got 15 points off the bench from Kieran Woods and 11 from Clemmye Owens. Chicago State kept the game close with 11 steals and forcing 15 Bakersfield turnovers.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.