Nov. 29, 2008
Lawrenceville, NJ - The Cal State Northridge men's basketball team suffered its fourth straight loss of the 2008-09 season, this time a 85-72 decision to Rider University on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Matadors enjoyed brief leads during the early portions of the game, but an 8-6 lead at the 17:25 mark of the first half turned into a 17-10 lead for the Broncs at 11:33. From then on, Rider was in full control.
Three times during the first half, Rider assumed a 12-point lead, and led at halftime 41-31.
A layup by Tremaine Townsend at 19:10 of the second half cut the Bronc margin to eight points, 41-33. But over the next nine minutes, Rider opened up another double-digit lead, and pushed their lead to a game-high 17 points, 60-43, with 10:57 to play.
Cal State Northridge could get no closer than nine points, 79-70, with 53 seconds to play.
Townsend led a trio of double-digit scorers for Cal State Northridge. Townsend, despite nursing a lingering ankle sprain, hit 8-of-12 shots and hit 4-of-4 free throw attempts. Matthew Wallace turned in a career-day with points (16) in 14 minutes of play off the bench. Wallace hit 5-of-9 shots, including 3-of-7 from three-point territory. Willie Galick added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Ryan Thompson led the Rider (3-1) offensive arsenal with 25 points and nine rebounds.
"Obviously, our defense wasn't very good tonight," said Matadors head coach Bobby Braswell. "To be honest, we've haven't been good defensively all year. We're still in the process of trying to find ourselves. But give Rider a lot of credit. They hit some big shots and made some big plays. We were completely out hustled and out rebounded. Rider did all the little things to win. We didn't."
Cal State Northridge, 1-4, travels to Drexel (1-1) on Monday (12/1/08, 7:00 p.m.).
Matador Minute ...
Josh Jenkins picked up seven assists to give him 218 for his career, tied for tenth-best in school history with Jonathan Heard (2004-08) ... Tremaine Townsend picked up a blocked shot to give him 40 for his career, tied for seventh-best in school history with Jeff Parris (1997-01).