Box Score - CSUN @ Montana State
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletics Director, Strategic Communications
Bozeman, Montana – For a second straight a game, a "rain" of three-pointers drowned Cal State Northridge.
Montana State hit 12 shots (eight in the first half) from beyond the arc to hand the Matadors a 77-62 defeat on Tuesday night at Worthington Arena.
Previous to the game at Montana State, Central Michigan (11/23/13) hit 12 three-pointers.
In the two games (Montana State, Central Michigan), CSUN's opponents attempted 53 treys.
Montana State jumped to a quick 5-0 lead in the game's first three minutes. The Matadors outscored the Bobcats, 13-5, in the next four minutes to take a 13-10 lead, thanks to CSUN's top trio of scorers, Stephen Maxwell, Josh Greene and Stephan Hicks. Maxwell scored six of the team's 13 points while Hicks added four points and Greene drilled a three-pointer.
Montana State started firing and hitting from three-pointer territory to gain momentum. Three 3-pointers in a five-minute span helped propel to the Bobcats to a 26-17 lead at the 9:29 mark before intermission.
At halftime, the Bobcats enjoyed a 37-30 advantage.
Montana State added four more treys in the second half.
"We are simply not doing a good job of defending the three," said head coach Reggie Theus. "When you give up 12 three-pointers, you cannot win. We also had too many turnovers (18) that turned into buckets (for Montana State)."
Hicks weaved through MSU's defense to enjoy 23 points along with ten rebounds. Greene added ten points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Aaron Parks continued his strong play off the bench with ten points. For Parks, it was the fourth time in seven games the freshman guard has scored in double figures.
Four Matador starters played at least 30 minutes. Stephen Maxwell and Greene each played 34 minutes followed by Hicks with 32 minutes, and Landon Drew with 30.
The game at Montana State ended a grueling and exhausting nine-day road trip that included four games (2-2) in Michigan and Montana.
"Anytime you have a long road trip and you go 2-2, it's acceptable," said Theus. "We had an opportunity but it slipped away. Being 2-2 with three home games coming up, it's very doable. It's ok."
The Matadors return home with a three-game set starting on Sunday (12/1/13) against La Sierra. Tipoff is 2:00 pm. On Dec. 3, CSUN hosts Southern Utah (7:00 pm) followed by a Dec. 5 contest against Seattle (7:00 pm).
Matador Memo …
Stephan Hicks' 23 points against Montana State give him 977 career points, only 23 short of becoming the 17th player in the 55-year history of Matador basketball to reach that figure.