CSUN Scores Impressive 79-69 Victory Over Idaho

Box Score - CSUN vs Idaho

By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director, Strategic Communications

Northridge, Calif. –
If you attended Sunday night's highly entertaining men's basketball game between Cal State Northridge and the University of Idaho, the suspense and intrigue of college basketball certainly put Matador fans into a holiday spirit.

The Matadors played spirited team basket on both ends of the court, and responded with a holiday gift for all the attendees at the Matadome.

Final Score – Cal State Northridge 79, Idaho 69

Happy Holidays from the Matadors basketball team !!!

"This was the best all-around game we played this year," said Matador head coach Reggie Theus, who surveyed the box score with a big grin. "Everybody on the basketball team did a great job competing. It's a great team win."

Stephan Hicks scored 20 points while Josh Greene added 17 points and Stephen Maxwell collected 15 points to lead CSUN in a non-league men's basketball game against a very good Vandal team.

"The team played with a purpose," remarked Theus. "This game gave us an opportunity to go plus-two in the win column for the season. We beat a good basketball team (the University of Idaho)."

The Matadors led throughout most of the game including their biggest lead of the contest, 27-16, with 6:36 in the first half.

CSUN continued to hold a comfortable lead including a 59-51 advantage with 11:01 remaining in the contest. That's when Idaho made the game really interesting and nail-biting time with a 10-0 run to give the Vandals a 61-59 lead at the 4:43 mark. The go-ahead Idaho basket was turned, thanks to a three-point basket by Glen Dean.

"I talked to the team about time-and-score," said Theus. "We did what we had to do … get physical and get tough rebounding the basketball. Offensively, we attacked the basket. I also thought our press hurt them (Idaho) down the stretch."

Cal State Northridge showed their strength and resolve. The Vandal two-point lead was short lived. An 11-2 Matador run led to a 72-65 lead with 47 seconds on the clock. The Matador run started on five straight free throws from Maxwell and Hicks. Add a layup by Maxwell, a driving jumper to the basket by Greene and two more free throws by Tre Hale-Edmerson gave the Matadors the necessary cushion to win their seventh game of the season. 

A Vandal layup basket with 42 seconds on the clock cut the CSUN lead to 72-67, but again the Matadors responded with their own momentum swing. The rally kicked into high gear on five straight free throws by Greene (three free throws) and Hicks (two free throws) followed by a ferocious dunk by Maxwell to give the Matadors a well-deserved 79-69 victory.

Hale-Edmerson patrolled in the inside for Cal State Northridge with a career-high 13 rebounds along with five assists, three blocks and a steal.

"When you rebound like we did tonight and if we get 13 rebounds every night from Tre Hale-Edmerson, we're a different basketball team," said Theus.

The Matadors collected a season-high 47 rebounds compared to 33 for the opposition.

Maxwell's eleven rebounds gave him 505 career rebounds to become only the 14th place in the 56-year history of Matador basketball to achieve that feat.

Cal State Northridge leads the Big West Conference and is 14th in the nation in free throw percentage. Against Idaho, the Matadors collected a hefty 19 free throws in 24 attempts.

Another remarkable detail in the box score included 20 assists with only eight turnovers.

Cal State Northridge will take a holiday break until a Dec. 27 game against Morgan State. Tipoff is 7:00 pm at the Matadome.

"Happy Holidays to everyone," said Theus. "It's a great time and we are blessed to be here. We always give thanks."

Happy Holidays from the Cal State Northridge basketball team.

Matador Memo …
Josh Greene inched closer to the school record for career three-pointers … Greene scored two shots from behind the arc to give him 176 in his four-year career, only six short of Ian Boylan's (2001-05) school record … With 17 points against Idaho, Greene has now scored 1,156 points, 12th-best in school history, and only three short of catching George Robnett (1907-74) and Calvin Chitwood (2004-08) in tenth place in school history … Stephen Hicks scored a game-high 20 points to give him 1,069 career points to move him past Mark Cooley (1,054 points, 1964-67) into 14th place in school history … Hicks also moved past CSUN Hall of Fame Brian Heinle (312 career free throws, 1997-01) into ninth place all-time at CSUN with 321 … Tre Hale-Edmerson's 51 career blocks moves the sophomore forward into seventh place all-time at Cal State Northridge past Frankie Eteuati (49 career blocks, 2010-12) and Tom Samson (48 career blocks, 1993-97).