By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Los Angeles, Ca – The new Pauley Pavilion, a $136 million project to upgrade the "House that Wooden" built just wasn't very friendly to Cal State Northridge on Wednesday night.
The Bruins used a highly effective zone defense that forced the Matadors to shoot from long range, and put a near halt to CSUN's transition offense. The result was an 82-56 victory for the Bruins in a non-league game before 5,751 fans.
UCLA's frontline strength also caused problems for the smaller Matadors. Travis Wear, a 6-foot-10 junior forward, along with his 6-foot-10 brother, David, combined for 23 points, eleven rebounds and four blocks to effectively prevent CSUN from scoring inside.
Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-9 freshman guard, used his talented height to score 15 points, grab seven rebounds, dish out three assists, and collect three steals and two blocks to help produce an offensive and defensive attack for UCLA.
"Their length hurt us," said Matador head coach Bobby Braswell as he surveyed the box score with reporters after the game. "They played a zone (defense), and UCLA's big players made it that much tougher. That bothered us. We didn't convert. I don't know how many layups we missed. UCLA's length intimidated us with their size."
UCLA's zone defense forced CSUN to shoot 26 from behind the arc. Cal State Northridge had averaged only 13 three-point attempts in its first seven games. CSUN was only able to make five of its three-point attempts.
"We shot 16 three-point attempts in the first half," said Braswell. "We settled for those shots. We didn't attack. When UCLA got settled in their zone (defense) and got their hands up, it was very tough to find good shots. And when we did get good looks, we missed."
Cal State Northridge had averaged nearly 28 free throw attempts per game in its first seven games. But against the Bruins' bigger players, the Matadors were only able to go to the free throw line five times.
Stephen Hicks led the Matador attack with eleven points and three steals. Landon Drew added ten points off the bench.
Cal State Northridge fell to 6-2. UCLA raised its record to 5-2.
The Matadors next play on Dec. 5 against Vanguard at The Matadome. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Matador women will play at 5:00 pm against USF.
Matador Memo …
Josh Greene did not attempt any free throws against UCLA, thus his consecutive free throw mark still stands at 31, one short of the school record set by Markus Carr in 2000-01.