Dec. 9, 2008
Northridge, Ca - That's more like it!!!
The Cal State Northridge men's basketball team looked in mid-season championship form as five Matador players scored in double figures in a convincing 80-53 victory over Denver University in a non-league game Tuesday night at The Matadome.
The stat sheet looked impressive. Josh Jenkins easily played his best all-around game of the season, dishing out nine assists (only two turnovers), along with two steals and 13 points in 28 minutes in a starting role. Willie Galick produced his first double-double of the season with 14 points (6-for-8 from the floor) and a career-high ten rebounds in 18 minutes. A balanced offensive attack also featured double-digit scoring efforts from Tremaine Townsend with 14 points, Deon Tresvant with 13 points, and Rob Haynes with ten.
"I thought everybody had good intensity coming into the game tonight," said head coach Bobby Braswell. "Everybody was ready to play and contribute. The success we achieve has a lot to do with our point-guard play, and I thought Josh (Jenkins) was as good as he has been all year. He made big plays. He got the ball to people who were open. He was a general on the floor, and when he plays that way, we have a chance to be successful."
The Matadors looked strong on the boards, out rebounding the Pioneers, 42-23. In addition to a game-high ten rebounds by Galick, Townsend added six caroms while Tresvant added five, and reserve Michael Lizarraga added a career-high five rebounds in only eight minutes of play.
"Denver is a tough team to play against," said Braswell. "They play a Princeton-type game, and if you look at their stats, they play a lot of low scoring, close games. If you get an 8-to-10 point lead, that is like a 20-point game."
The Matador defense held Denver to only 41 percent shooting (18-for-44), and added eleven steals.
"This was a big win," said Tresvant, who hit three 3-pointers along with three assists and three steals. "We played together as team. This was a confidence builder."
The victory puts the CSUN record at 2-6 while Denver falls to 1-6.
Cal State Northridge now takes a nine day break for finals. The Matadors host Pepperdine on Dec. 18 at The Matadome.