Nov. 7, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Lenny Daniel scored a team-high 19 points to lead four Cal State Northridge scorers in double figures as the Matadors wrapped up their two-game exhibition schedule with a 78-61 victory over the visiting Master's College Mustangs Saturday at The Matadome.
Northridge, which defeated Cal Lutheran 88-67 on Wednesday, averaged 83.0 ppg in two exhibition wins as the Matadors prepare for their season-opener next Friday, Nov. 13 at Preseason No. 7 Purdue.
Daniel led Northridge on Saturday with 19 points on 7-12 shooting and also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds to go with a pair of assists. Kenny Daniels also had a solid night hitting five of eight floor shots (1-2 from behind the arc) and five of nine free throws for 16 points while also picking up one steal and one block in 22 minutes. Willie Galick (11) and Kevin Menner (10) also had double figures while Galick matched Daniel with a team-high seven boards.
The Matadors went to the free throw line 42 times hitting and converted just 26 of those attempts (61.9%). Northridge shot 59% from the stripe in Wednesday's win. However Northridge turned up the defensive pressure on Saturday as the Matadors forced 17 Mustang turnovers and held The Master's to 31.7% shooting. The Mustangs converted just eight of 33 three-point attempts on the night.
In contrast to Wednesday's win, the Matadors took an early 3-2 advantage and would never relinquish the lead. Menner's layup with 10:17 remaining gave the Matadors a double digit cushion at 26-15 and the Northridge lead was at least 10 for a good portion of the first half. A pair of Galick free throws gave the Matadors their largest lead of the first half, 43-26 with 2:52 left.
Another Menner layup with 17:40 remaining in the second half gave the Matadors their largest lead of the game at 53-34 before the Mustangs began to chip away at the deficit. TMC's Leif Karlberg hit a pair of free throws to cap a 9-0 run as the Mustangs pulled to withing 10 at 53-43 with 14:02 left. The Matadors quickly built the lead back to 16 (59-43) with a 6-0 run highlighted by a Daniel dunk and a traditional three-point play from Rashaun McLemore. But the pesky Mustangs would not go away as a 9-2 run trimmed the Northridge lead to 61-52 with 8:39 remaining. But a series of missed three-pointers and converted Matador free throws gradually built the lead back to 17 (71-54) with 3:41 left.
Karlberg led the Mustangs with a game-high 20 points on 6-14 shooting while Joey Fuca also reached double figures with 13 points to go with three assists.
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