Jan. 16, 2010
Northridge, Calif. - For the third straight season, Cal State Northridge has beaten Cal State Fullerton on its home court.
On Saturday night (1/16/10), the Matadors displayed a tough defense, key baskets down the stretch, and an offensive attack that produced three double-digit players in a 78-72 victory at Titan Gym.
"This was a gritty performance," said Matador head coach Bobby Braswell. "I was pleased with our defense, the team effort and the team's focus in producing our first road victory of the season."
The victory gave CSUN its third straight win to raise the overall record to 7-10. The Matadors are now 2-3 in the Big West Conference.
Cal State Fullerton fell to 8-8 overall and 3-2 in league play.
Lenny Daniel collected his fifth double-double (points-rebounds) of the season with team-high 20 points along with 12 rebounds. Daniel hit 7-of-12 shots from the floor along with 6-of-8 free throws in 36 minutes of play.
Daniel has produced three double-doubles in the last five games.
Kenny Daniels added 17 points (11-for-13 from the free throw line) along with six rebounds in 26 minutes of play.
Rashaun McLemore came off the bench to score eleven points along with three rebounds and three steals in 21 minutes of action.
Cal State Northridge outrebounded Cal State Fullerton, 37-30.
The Matadors led the entire game.
Cal State Northridge jumped to a 10-3 at the 16:21 mark of the first half. The lead gradually grew to as many as 15 points, 27-15, with 5:42 left in the first half.
It was 37-25 Matadors in front at halftime.
Defense played a major role in CSUN's sizable halftime lead. Cal State Northridge held the Titans to only 32 percent shooting (6-for-19). The Matadors shot 13-of-26 from the field in the first 20 minutes.
CSUN's biggest lead of the game was 16 points, 54-38, with 13:23 remaining in the game.
Every time Cal State Fullerton mounted a comeback the Matadors answered back with key points. The Titans cut the CSUN lead to five points, 60-55, with 7:05 remaining, but a Willie Galick bucket made it 67-60.
Back came CSF to make it 63-59 with 6:12 left. However, a basket by Galick and free throw made it 66-59.
The Matadors then built a nine point lead, 73-64, with 1:53 remaining. Cal State Fullerton scored the next five points to make it 73-69 with 58 ticks on the clock.
But Cal State Northridge refused to fold. Mark Hill hit two free throws to make it 75-69 with 34 seconds left.
Back came CSF. A three-pointer by Devin Peliter made it 75-72 with 25 seconds left. However, three straight free throws by Hill and Daniels iced the victory for Cal State Northridge, 78-72.
Cal State Northridge hit a season-high 81 percent from the free throw line (25-for-31). In the last two games, the Matadors have hit 80 percent or better from the charity stripe.