Dec. 1, 2008
Philadelphia, Pa - Once again, the final stats sheet can be a bit deceiving.
The Cal State Northridge men's basketball team held host Drexel to .291 shooting (16-for-55) and scored three more baskets (19-to-16).
Final score on Monday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center - Drexel 55, Cal State Northridge 47.
The Matadors certainly had their chances to win the game. After being down 22-21 at halftime, Cal State Northridge outscored the Dragons, 15-7, in the first 5:30 of the second half to take its biggest lead of the game, 36-29. Two 3-pointers by Matthew Wallace to start the second half, and another 3-pointer by Deon Tresvant helped fuel the Matador revival.
However, Drexel scored nine straight points to take a 38-36 with 13:15 to play. Both team played nearly even up through the next eight minutes. The game was tied 45-45 with 5:40 to play.
An 8-0 run by Drexel gave the home team its biggest lead of the game, 53-45 with 23 seconds to play.
The lead changed eight times and was tied four times.
Head coach Bobby Braswell dramatically changed his starting role with Wallace, Kenny Daniels and Therin Taylor earning starts. Wallace, who scored a season-high 16 points in his last game at Rider (11/29), added another double-digit game with 12 points in 21 minutes of play.
Deon Tresvant came off the bench to score eleven points. Tresvant was 3-for-6 from 3-point territory.
Cal State Northridge only shot .345 (16-for-55) from the floor, and was out rebounded, 44-35.
The loss dropped the Matadors to 1-5 with a Sunday game (12/7, 7:30 p.m.) looming at UCLA.
Matador Minute ...
Tremaine Townsend collected two blocks against Drexel to give him 42 for his career and move into seventh place all-time at CSUN, just ahead of Jeff Parris (1997-01, 40).