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Collge hoops: 'Runners outlast UMKC, earn share of WAC title

Shon Briggs scored 20 points and Cal State Bakersfield beat Missouri-Kansas City 71-62 on Thursday night to clinch at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference title.

The Roadrunners' victory combined with New Mexico State's loss to Utah Valley earlier Thursday night gave Bakersfield (20-7, 11-1) a two-game lead over the Aggies and Grand Canyon with two games to go.

Dedrick Basile added 15 points and Jaylin Airington 12 for the Roadrunners, who picked up their ninth straight win while ending the Kangaroos' five-game win streak, which began after UMKC's loss to Bakersfield on Jan. 28.

Dashawn King scored 16 points, Broderick Newbill 14 and LaVell Boyd 11 for UMKC (15-14, 7-5).

UMKC was within four points, 63-59, with two minutes left but Airington and Briggs scored consecutive baskets and the Roadrunners added six free throws in winning by nine, their largest lead.

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