Feb. 18, 2009
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Irvine, Calif. - This wasn't pretty from the opening tip to the end.
UC Irvine, which relies on its success to hit three-pointers, did just that in the first half, hitting 7-of-10 shots from behind the arc in enlisting a 41-25 halftime lead, and eventually going on to a decisive 73-51 victory over Cal State Northridge in a Big West Conference game Wednesday night at The Bren Center.
"This is one of those games where you burn the game tape," said CSUN head coach Bobby Braswell. "Obviously we were not in sync tonight. We just came up short in a lot of areas. Give UC Irvine credit. This was one of their better games of the year."
Anteater guard Brett Lauer did the damage, hitting 5-of-5 shots from 3-point land. The Matadors, meanwhile, could only hit 8-of-26 shots from the floor in the first half for 31 percent.
"We did a pretty good job of defending their post guys, but they were able to hit seven three-pointers from their perimeter people" said Braswell.
The loss ended CSUN's ended six game winning streak, and dropped the Matadors into a first place tie in the conference with Long Beach State at 8-4. The 49ers edged Cal State Fullerton, 75-74.
"When you've been in this (coaching) business for so long, you know you are going to have nights like this," said Braswell. You just have to move on and get to your next game."
Cal State Northridge, which is now 12-11 overall, takes a break from conference play for a ESPN Bracketbuster game on Saturday (2/21/09, 7:00 p.m.) at the University of Idaho in Moscow.
"The game at Idaho will give us a chance to get Mark Hill more work as a starter at point guard," said Braswell.
Mark Hill has moved into the starting role at point guard after the automobile accident (2/14/09) in which starter Josh Jenkins was injured and is probably out for the rest of the season. Hill played 25 minutes and scored five points, collected two assist and two steals.
Rob Haynes hit another three-pointer to give him at least one in 21 straight games from behind the arc ... Seven times this year Tremaine Townsend has grabbed ten or more rebounds in a game ... Townsend tied his career-high with four blocks against UC Irvine.