Riverside, Calif. - Cal State Northridge continues to weave its magic over UC Riverside whether the game is played at CSUN or on UCR's home court.
Thursday nights Big West contest was played at UCR's Student Recreation Center, and for the 12th straight time, the Matadors were victorious over the Highlanders.
This time, Raymond Cody came off the bench to filter in a game-high 18 points to lead Cal State Northridge to a 63-47 victory.
"Raymond is a good kid," said Matador head coach Bobby Braswell. "He deserves to have a game like that. He works real hard. It was good to see him step up and prove what he can do."
Not only was it the 12th straight win over the Highlanders, it was also the sixth straight season that the Matadors have scored a win on UCR's home court.
This game wasn't even close. The Matadors dominated play from start-to-finish. Never did UC Riverside make a serious push to get back into the game.
Cody did his part on CSUN's offensive end. The junior collected seven baskets in eight attempts, and was a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point territory.
Thirteen of Cody's 18 points came in the first half.
Cody also contributed on the defensive end as well. Cody chalked up a season-high six rebounds to help the Matadors keep UC Riverside to only 30 percent shooting, and 27 percent from behind the arc.
UC Riverside actually briefly led in the game, holding an 11-8 lead with 14:21 remaining in the first half. However, a three-pointer by Cody tied the game 18 seconds later, and from that point on, Cal State Northridge started to build its lead and never was really threatened.
A three-point bucket by Vinnie McGhee at 11:09 jump started CSUN to a 14-11 lead. Eventually, the lead was heightened to as many as eleven points (30-19) with 4:06 remaining in the first 20 minutes.
At halftime, Cal State Northridge held court with a 35-27 lead,
From the 17:15 mark in the second half to the end of the game, Cal State Northridge held a double-digit lead.
With 61 seconds to play, Cal State Northridge held its biggest lead, 63-44.
"This was the second straight game our defense did a great job," said Braswell. "We had people in the right positions. The game plan worked. I was really proud of our guys. There is a sense of togetherness, a sense of unity on the team. On the offensive end we are sharing the basketball. We are making big shots. On the defensive end, we are playing so well."
Cal State Northridge takes its two-game winning streak to Long Beach State on Saturday (2/6/10) in a game to be televised live on Fox Sports Net West. Tipoff is slated for 5:00 p.m.
Raymond Cody's 18 points against UC Riverside easily beat his previous scoring best which was 12 points against Texas State (11/16) ... Cal State Northridge hit a season-best 10-of-19 three-pointers for 53 perent ... Helping the three-point barrage was Dathan Lyles and Vinnie McGhee who each tallied two three-pointers ... Vincent Cordell continued to contribute off the bench ... The senior forward had seven points, three rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 22 minutes off the bench.
Saturday's game at Long Beach State (2/6/10, 5:00 p.m.) will have a special meaning on several fronts for Cal State Northridge head coach Bobby Braswell ... Not only will Braswell direct the Matadors into another Big West Conference contest against the pre-season league favorite Long Beach State 49ers, Braswell will also witness the retirement of Bryon Russell's number (#32) by LBS ... Braswell recruited Russell while he was an assistant coach at Long Beach State (1989-1992) ... Russell are close friends ... In fact, Russell and another former Braswell recruit, Lucious Harris, provided a substantial amount of their own money to help build the team and locker room at Cal State Northridge ... Russell is one of 17 former 49er players to score at least 1,000 points (17., 1,003 points) and is ranked in the Top-10 in rebounds and steals in the 49er record book.