SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Facing a sizable deficit at halftime due to Cal Poly's once-in-a-lifetime success from three-point distance, Cal State Northridge fell to the Mustangs 100-54 Saturday night at Mott Gymnasium.
Leading the way for Northridge with a season-high 11 points and 10 rebounds, Michael Lizarraga also tied his career high by recording three of CSUN's five blocked shots in front of numerous family members and friends in attendance.
Aqeel Quinn tied his career high by making seven of his eight shots from the free throw line, helping his team record a new season high in the process with 30 made free throws.
The Matadors' previous season-high took place last December, at Pepperdine, in CSUN's 73-70 victory over the host Waves. In that game, Northridge made 26 of its 33 free throws.
In a game that saw Cal Poly (12-8, 3-4 BWC) lead from start to finish, the Matadors (5-12, 2-5 BWC) were unable to find a way to neutralize the long-range scoring success from the Mustangs throughout the first half.
Even though the Matadors contested nearly every one of Cal Poly's attempts from behind the arc, Cal Poly still sank its first 11 straight three-point shots.
Niagara and Eastern Kentucky were the only Division I teams to accomplish this rare feat, setting an NCAA record that remained untouched for 25 years prior to Cal Poly's efforts from three Saturday night.
Those 11 Cal Poly three-point shots comprised CSUN's 57-24 halftime deficit, a margin that the Matadors were unable to decrease as the game progressed.
Entering Saturday's game a one of only two players in the Big West to record double-digit scoring efforts in every game this season, Stephan Hicks finished with eight points.
As a team, Northridge shot 12-of 52 (23.1 percent) from the field and connected on 30-of-36 (83.3 percent) free throw opportunities. For the first time this season, Northridge did not make a three-point basket.
Cal Poly shot 34-for-56 (60.7 percent) from the field, 15-for-21 (71.4 percent) from three-point distance, and made 17-of-24 (70.8 percent) free throws.
"We dug ourselves into a hole that we could just not get out of," said CSUN head coach Bobby Braswell. "The bottom line is that we just have to do better than this."
The Matadors will return home for their next Big West game on Thursday, Jan. 26, against Cal State Fullerton (12-6, 5-1 BWC). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.