Jan. 19, 2011
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Northridge, Calif. - A thousand apologizes if you've heard this story before.
Eleven days ago in Seattle, Cal State Northridge held Seattle University to only 37 percent shooting, 21 percent from three-point territory, and forced the Redhawks into 20 turnovers.
But Seattle outrebounded the Matadors, 44-to-28, and SU's top player, Aaron Broussard punished Matador defenders to grab 12 rebounds and collect ten points. Broussard's teammate, Alex Jones, added 29 points and seven rebounds.
Seattle prevailed over Cal State Northridge, 65-58.
Wednesday night in a non-league rematch at The Matadome, Cal State Northridge held Seattle University to 35 percent shooting and 13 percent accuracy from behind the three-point line.
However, Broussard did it again. The 6-foot-5 junior forward, tallied a game-high 22 points along with five rebounds and three steals to lead the Redhawks to a 75-68 non-conference victory over CSUN.
Seattle again outrebounded Cal State Northridge, 44-to-36, which included 25 offensive rebounds.
"Twenty-eight points in the paint and 25 offensive rebounds," said Matador head coach Bobby Braswell. "You're not going to beat anybody doing that. Tonight it was the toughness issue again where they (Seattle) just pounded the ball inside to (Aaron) Broussard. We had no answers to it."
Seattle added 29 free throws to only 15 for Cal State Northridge.
Cervante Burrell came off the bench to add 20 points and ten rebounds to help the visitors raise their season record to 8-12. Cal State Northridge fell to 5-13.
Seattle led at halftime, 39-29.
A 5-1 run after the start of the second half gave Seattle its biggest lead of the game, 44-30, with 19 minutes left in the game.
In the next six minutes, Cal State Northridge cut the sizable Seattle lead to only one point, 48-47. The Matadors then tied the game (49-49) two minutes later on a baseline jumper by John Hayward-Mayhew.
"We fought back and we handled that situation really well," said Braswell. "It's tough to lose but there were some things that really encouraged me."
The Matadors finally pulled in front, 53-52, with 8:32 left on a layup by Josh Greene. But after the layup, Cal State Northridge was charged with a technical foul for taunting. The technical proved costly. Seattle went on a 6-0 run to take a 58-53 lead with 7:06 remaining.
Cal State Northridge fought back to take a 65-63 lead with 4:08 remaining, but the Matadors couldn't maintain the momentum. A 10-0 Seattle run proved to be the deciding factor as the visitors took a 73-65 lead with 15 seconds on the clock.
The Matadors return to action on Saturday, January 22, to host Cal Poly in a Big West Conference game. Game time is 1:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Prime Ticket with Ron Pitts, Michael Cage and Crystina Poncher describing the action.
Matador Memo ...
Lenny Daniel collected two blocks against Seattle to give him 63 for his career ... That moves him into fifth place all-time at Cal State Northridge ... Daniel is 19 blocks short of catching school record holder Thomas Shewmake (2003-07).