CSUN Fights To The End But Falls at Cal Poly, 62-52
Box Score - CSUN @ Cal Poly
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletics Director, Strategic Comunications
Northridge, Calif. – All CSUN head basketball coach Reggie Theus asks of his players is to "play hard, battle hard, play with intensity for 40 minutes."
The Matadors followed the coaches' lead with outstanding defense that kept CSUN in the game despite shooting .349 from the floor, and missing all eight shots from three-point territory in Thursday night's Big West Conference game at Cal Poly.
In the end, however, Cal Poly's Kyle Odister hit four-of-four three pointers in the second half to help propel the Mustangs to a 62-52 victory over the Matadors at the Mott Athletic Center.
CSUN only hit 24 percent from the floor and turned the ball over eight times in the first half. CSUN's defense, however, held the Mustangs in check. At halftime, Cal Poly held a slim 23-20 lead.
"I am very intense," said Theus. "I jump on them (the team) hard. But when they play this hard and battle, I am with them all the way. If we play this well defensively, we will win a lot of games in conference."
Despite CSUN's offensive woes in the first half, the Matadors defense sparkled. Cal Poly only hit 36 percent from the floor. The Mustangs were out rebounded, 19-17.
"I thought we played as good defensively as we have played all year in the first half," said Theus. "I thought Tre (Hale-Edmerson) was a big part of that."
Hale-Edmerson ended the game with 13 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 31 minutes. Three other Matador starters played sizable minutes. Josh Greene played all 40 minutes to pick up ten points (6-for-6 from the free throw line) along with three assists. Stephan Hicks played 37 minutes. For his efforts, Hicks tallied a game-high 16 points (10-for-12 from the free throw line) and five rebounds. Stephen Maxwell played 35 minutes. Maxwell finished the evening with points and six rebounds.
CSUN is 10-8 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Cal Poly is 7-9 overall and atop the league at 3-0.
Cal State Northridge hosts UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night (1/18/14) at the Matadome. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 pm
Matador Memo …
Stephen Maxwell missed his first throw of the night to break his consecutive string of 21 free throws over four games.