November 21, 2008

Twenty-Eight Turnovers Contribute To 67-65 Upset Loss At Cal State Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Ca - Turnovers continue to plague the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team.

In the first two games (vs Cal Lutheran, Stanford), the Matadors compiled 47 turnovers, and on Friday night at Cal State Bakersfield, the Matadors produced another 28 turnovers in losing a 67-65 upset decision to previously winless Cal State Bakersfield (1-2).

Head coach Bobby Braswell didn't mince words after the loss.

"We don't have a seriousness or a maturity about us right now," said Braswell. "We got what we deserved. We didn't deserve to win that game. We got the big lead in the first half (11 points), and then we figured the game was over. We didn't play well after we had the big lead. A sign of a good team is having the ability to step up every game and be consistent no matter who you are playing. We're not there yet.

The Matadors just couldn't put the Roadrunners away even though they led by as many as eleven points (34-23, 4:56) n the first half, and seven points (48-41, 11:42) in the second half.

The tense game came down to the final 2:31. A three-pointer by Josh Jenkins gave the Matadors a three-point lead at 65-62. However, a layup by CSB's Santwon Latunde at 1:35 cut the CSUN lead to one point. A missed layup and a turnover by the Matadors gave the Roadrunners the ball with 28 seconds to play.

All CSUN needed was one defensive stop, but it wasn't to be as Donavan Bragg hit a layup and added a free throw with eleven seconds to play to give the home team a 67-65 lead.

Cal State Northridge had the last possession but a missed layup with four seconds to play that resulted in the two-point upset loss.

Deon Tresvant, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday, led the Matadors attack with 15 points. Rob Haynes added 13 points while Willie Galick chipped in with eleven points.

Like coach Braswell, Tresvant revealed some concerns that need to be corrected now.

"We're just not playing together as a team," said Tresvant. "The team chemistry is a bit off right now. We need to practice a bit more to get to know each other a little bit better."

Once again, the box score was a bit deceiving. The Matadors out rebounded the Roadrunners, 48-32, and scored two more baskets (22) than Cal State Bakersfield (20).

The Matadors hit 16-of-17 free throw attempts.

The upset loss dropped Cal State Northridge to 1-2 with a Monday night game slated at New Mexico.

"We just didn't come ready to play tonight," said Tremaine Townsend, who led Matador rebounders with a season-high 14.

Cal State Northridge entered the season with high expectations and as pre-season favorites to win the Big West title.

"We have a target on our back," said Braswell. "Everybody is coming at you. Cal State Bakersfield came after us tonight. You have to give them a lot of credit. They deserved the win. We didn't. We're not even close to being as good as we think we are."