Boise, Id. – Rebounding or the lack of it doomed Cal State Northridge in a Saturday afternoon non-league basketball game at Boise State.
CSUN was outrebounded, 49-21. The rebound disparity resulted in the Matadors losing to the Broncos, 103-61, the tenth-worst loss in school history.
In the first half alone, Cal State Northridge was outrebounded, 27-5.
Cal State Northridge got off to a great start, scoring the game's first two points by two free throws by Stefan Hicks and a slam dunk by Hicks to give CSUN a 4-0.
Vinnie McGhee made it 6-0 on a drive to the basket at 17:30.
Boise State didn't score until 17:13 of the first half by a dunk by Ryan Watkins.
Cal State Northridge made its first three shots and led 8-2 at the 15:07 mark.
But two three-pointers by Thomas Bropleh of Boise State tied the game at 8-8.
Boise State took its first lead of the game at 11-10 on a Kenny Buckner basket plus a free throw.
From that point now, Boise State controlled both rebounding ends of the court. The Broncos scored the next eleven points to take a 22-10 lead.
The Boise State lead eventually grew to a 48-24 halftime.
Stefan Hicks and Vinnie McGhee again provided the offensive spark for the Matadors. Hicks tallied a career-high 23 points while McGhee added 13 points. Hicks led all Matador rebounders with five.
Six Boise State players scored in double figures led by Thomas Bropleh with 20 points off the bench and Anthony Drmic with 14.
Stefan Hicks hit two straight free throws early in the game to give him 14 consecutive free throws over the past three games before missing a free throw later in the game … Cal State Northridge hosts San Diego Christian on Tuesday, November 22, in the home season opener … Game time is 7:05 p.m.