Jan. 31, 2009
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
San Luis Obispo, Ca. - A "total team effort" is probably the best way to describe the Cal State Northridge 79-68 victory over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Saturday night in a Big West Conference game at Mott Gym.
With Rob Haynes out of the lineup because of a concussion suffered in last Thursday's game at UC Santa Barbara, Rodrigue Mels stepped into the starting lineup and responded with a season-high in points (16 points all in the second half) and a career-high in rebounds (7).
The Matadors shot a respectable .529 (27-for-51) from the floor, including .538 (7-for-13) from three-point range.
On the defensive side, Cal State Northridge out rebounded the Mustangs, 41-34, and held Cal Poly to a .365 shooting percentage.
"Defense ... The team really continued to build on what we have preached since the UC Irvine game," said Matador head coach Bobby Braswell. "We have been challenging the team to play with energy on defense. Again the team is focused on playing solid defense."
The Matadors led for all but 17 seconds in the game. From the opening tipoff, Cal State Northridge raced to a 7-1 lead at 16:17. A Jenkins' three-pointer at 2:20 of the first half gave the Matadors a 30-28 lead they would never surrender.
Cal State Northridge enjoyed their biggest lead of the game, 17 points (50-33), with 17:42 to play in the game.
The victory pulled Cal State Northridge to within one game of the .500 mark at 10-11. The Matadors are 6-3 in Big West Conference play. The Matadors host Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday (Feb. 4) at The Matadome. Tipoff is 7:05 p.m.
As a precaution, Rob Haynes was held of the game tonight against Cal Poly after suffering a concussion at UC Santa Barbara two nights earlier ... That breaks Hayne's consecutive games played streak of 107 games dating back to his freshman season (2005-06) ... There were a few Matador fans to root on Cal State Northridge on to victory ... The small contingent included Matt Andrews (1995-96, 1996-97) who played on head coach Bobby Braswell's first team during the 1996-97 season.