By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director, Strategic Communications
Northridge, Calif. – The Reggie Theus era at Cal State Northridge is off to a fast start.
Four Matador players scored in double figures to lift CSUN to an 82-67 victory over Cal State Los Angeles in an exhibition game on Friday night at the Matadome.
"The team played hard," said Theus. "We moved the ball and got the ball where we wanted to."
Cal State Northridge only had ten available players. Nine of them played.
"The advantage of only having nine guys is they know they are going to get their minutes," Theus told reporters. "That means they know they will have to play every night."
Josh Greene led the Matador attack with a team-high 21 points along with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Stephen Maxwell added 17 points and eleven rebounds and two steals. Stephan Hicks collected 16 points and three steals.
Four of the nine players who participated in the game played at least 30 minutes.
"We played hard and with a lot of effort," said Maxwell, the junior forward. "Our defense really bothered them (CSLA). However, they got some open shots and we will have to do a better job of contesting shots."
CSUN led from start-to-finish. A 12-2 run in the first 4:27 minutes of the game gave the Matadors the early lead. The Matador margin increased to as many as 19 points (46-27) with 3:00 minutes left in the first half.
Cal State Los Angeles could never get any closer than ten points in the second half.
CSUN's defense held the Golden Eagles to only 38 percent shooting (24-for-63) and only 26 percent (6-for-23) from three-point territory.
"This was a nice test for us," said Theus. "For most of the game, I thought we played with a lot of poise."
The exhibition victory was the prelude to the regular season 2013-14 opener on November 8 when Cal State Northridge hosts Hope International at the Matadome.
Tipoff is slated for 7:00 pm.
Matador Memo …
Aaron Parks, a freshman guard from Baltimore, Md., celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday, November 1 … Parks responded by scoring seven points along with two steals and an assist in 23 minutes … The game marked the debut of the new broadcasting duo of Ghizal Hasan and Allen Zinsmeister … Hasan had served the previous two seasons as the voice of women's basketball for Cal State Northridge … Zinsmeister began his tenth season as color commentator for CSUN.