Jan. 19, 2010
SEATTLE, Wash. - Cal State Northridge (7-11) forward Kenny Daniels led all scorers Tuesday evening with his 21 point performance, but it would not be enough to help stop a second half run by Seattle University as the Matadors were defeated by a score of 74-64.
The loss snaps CSUN's three-game winning streak; the Redhawks' victory ensured a split of the two-game season-series with each team defeating the other on their respective home courts.
Northridge will now have three days to prepare for their next contest as they return to Big West action this Saturday evening at Cal Poly. Tip-off is scheduled to take place at 7:00 p.m.
After Seattle jumped out to a 10-3 lead early in the first half, the Matadors came to life at Key Arena and began their initial comeback effort in the following minutes thanks to their efforts on defense.
CSUN also became a more aggressive team on offense throughout the first half as they proactively looked for any seams in the Redhawk defense and furiously attacked the basket when appropriate.
It was the 6:46 mark of the first half that CSUN took the lead for the first time in the game thanks to a jumper by Vinnie McGhee, a basket that capped a 16-8 run.
Once Northridge took the lead, the Matadors refused to let their advantage slip through their hands thanks to their suffocating defense and scoring effort of three individuals.
Daniels entered the locker room at the half with 10 of his team's 29 first half points with teammates Lenny Daniels and Kevin Menner finishing the first twenty-minute session with six and four points apiece.
It was the efforts of Menner that helped fuel the performance of his team on both ends of the floor as the Matadors limited the Redhawks to only 25 points as Seattle connected on only nine of 32 shots (28.1%) taken from the field.
Unfortunately for the Matadors, Seattle found their offensive rhythm in the second half, and slowly chipped away at the Matador advantage until the Redhawks regained the lead for good later in the half.
A 9-0 Seattle run would end up being the point of the game when momentum, and a hot shooting hand, switched from one team to the other as Seattle would not give up their lead for the remaining 11:14 left in the game.
An 18-30 shooting performance from the field in the second half helped the host Redhawks salvage a split in the season series against the Matadors as a last-minute CSUN run would not be enough to steal a victory.
Four Matadors ended the game scoring in double-figures led by Daniels' 21 points, with Menner, McGhee, and Big West Player of the Week Lenny Daniel finishing the game with 12, 10, and 10 points apiece.