Jan. 23, 2010
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Losses don't come much tougher than Saturday night's 73-72 defeat by Cal State Northridge to Cal Poly in a Big West Conference game at Mott Gym.
The Matadors enjoyed their biggest lead of the contest, 69-64, with 6:12 remaining in the contest. Cal State Northridge had two chances to move the margin even further ahead, but neither shot could find the bottom of the net.
Back came Cal Poly. A string of seven straight points gave the home team a 71-69 lead with 2:41 remaining.
Clearly the momentum changed in favor of Cal Poly, and a highly vocal Mustang crowd approved.
Cal Poly advanced the lead to four points (73-69) on a Kyle Odister jumper with 43 seconds left on the clock.
Back came Cal State Northridge. An NBA-range three-pointer by Mark Hill cut the score to 73-72 with 19 seconds left.
A Cal Poly turnover followed by a Mustang foul with 17 seconds left gave CSUN two free throw attempts. However, the Matadors failed to convert on both free throw attempts.
However, Cal State Northridge was not dead yet. Another turnover by Cal Poly near the Matador bench gave CSUN more life with 16 seconds remaining. But four missed shots, including three tip-ins, and a three-pointer with one second remaining failed to fall through the Matador basket.
Final score - Cal Poly 73, Cal State Northridge 72.
Mark Hill led Cal State Northridge with a career-high 24 points (9-of-12 from the floor, 5-of-7 from three-point territory). Lenny Daniel added 13 points and eight rebounds. Kenny Daniels had 12 points, five rebounds snd a career-high eight assists.
Lorenzo Keeler led Cal Poly with 23 points while David Hanson came off the bench to score 15 points.
The loss dropped Cal State Northridge to 7-12 overall and 2-4 in the Big West Conference.
Cal Poly is 8-10 overall and 5-2 in league play.
Matador Minute ...
Cal State Northridge attempted 23 free throws to give the Matadors 578 for the season ... This mark is among the top four schools in the nation, according to NCAA stats.