Matadors Drop Conference-Opener at Pacific 52-43
Jan. 2, 2010
STOCKTON, Calif. - Guard Vinnie McGhee led all Matadors with his 13 point performance against the Pacific Tigers (8-5, 1-0 BWC) Saturday evening, but his team came up short in their conference-opener in Stockton as the Cal State Northridge Matadors (4-8, 0-1 BWC) were defeated by a score of 52-43.
CSUN will now head to Davis in hopes of splitting their two road games when they face the UC Davis Aggies Monday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
For the first twenty minutes, both teams struggled to find their rhythm on offense as each shot nearly 25% from the floor.
It took nearly more that 16 minutes until both teams scored in double figures, a scoring drought that was fueled by both poor shooting and stellar defense played by both teams.
CSUN was able to force Pacific to turn the ball over ten times in the first half, and held the Tigers to an anemic 16.7% from beyond the arc (2-12) in the process.
Were it not for a three-point shot made by Pacific forward Pat Eveland from half-court to end the first half of action, the Matadors would have entered the locker room leading 17-16.
Instead, Pacific finished the first 20 minute session with a 19-17 advantage that would not be relinquished for the remainder of the game.
Lost in the final score is the performance by the Matadors on defense throughout the entire contest; CSUN played aggressively on their end of the floor throughout the entire game, forcing Pacific to truly earn every point scored.
Northridge forced Pacific to finish the game shooting 32.7% from the floor, and limited the Tigers to only five three-point field goals out of 26 attempts (19.2%).
In addition to McGhee's 13 points, forward Lenny Daniel finished just shy of earning his third double-double of the season as the junior finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
Another Matador who turned in a solid performance was forward Tony Osunsanmi as he grabbed a total of six rebounds, four of which were collected on offense, to keep his team within striking distance in the second half.
Tiger forward Joe Ford finished the game with a double-double of his own on 10 points and 11 rebounds while teammate Eveland led all scorers with 14 points.
Matador basketball fans can listen to all the action live from The Pavilion located on the campus of UC Davis Monday evening as the voice of Matador basketball, Bill Courtland will begin his broadcast on GoMatadors.com at 7:00 p.m.