Dec. 18, 2008
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Northridge, Calif. - A convincing win always starts with great point-guard play.
And that's what the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team got for the second straight game - this time a highly convincing one-sided 99-64 victory over Pepperdine in a non-league game Thursday night at The Matadome.
In the last two games, senior point-guard Josh Jenkins has dished out 19 assists with only three turnovers. Thursday night against the Waves, Jenkins dished out a season-best ten assists with only turnover in 23 minutes of play.
As a team, the Matadors churned out a season-best 24 assists.
"Everything centers around Josh handling the ball," said head coach Bobby Braswell. "Josh did a great job at handling the team. The pace was good especially at the offensive end of the floor."
It was the biggest win for either team in the 14-game series. Back on Nov. 29, 1997, the Matadors scored a previous best 81-66 victory over the Waves on CSUN's home court.
Pepperdine jumped to leads of six points on two occasions in the first half - 10-4 at the 15:05 mark, and 12-6 at 14:03. That's where Pepperdine's highlight reel came to a close.
"Once we got into a flow, we played Northridge basketball," said junior forward Willie Galick. "We got a couple buckets and then the defense took over."
The Matadors took its first lead of the game at 15-13 at 12:18 thanks in part to five points by Kenny Daniels in a two minute stretch that saw CSUN outscore the visitors, 9-1. From then on, an avalanche of great offensive execution and defensive pressure built the Matador lead to as many as 23 points, 47-24, with 45 seconds in the first half.
Good teams don't rest on their laurels. The Matadors jumped out of the starting gate in the second half, and increased their lead to 31 points, 60-29, with 17:05 left on the clock.
Again, the Matadors didn't coast from there. With 2:28 to play, Cal State Northridge enjoyed its biggest lead of the game and of the season, 43 points (97-54).
Deon Tresvant looked sharp in scoring a season-high 25 points in 23 minutes of play. Tresvant hit 6-of-7 shots in the second half to run his game total to 10-of-17. Tresvant hit 5-of-11 from behind the arc.
Tresvant exposed a little secret for his success against Pepperdine.
"We had a nine day layoff and that gave me an opportunity to go to the gym every night and take shots by myself," said Tresvant. "It produced some good results tonight."
For the second straight game, Willie Galick, who played his first two seasons at Pepperdine, collected another double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) in 27 minutes. Galick produced those same points and rebound totals in the previous game against Denver (12/9/08, 80-53). Galick hit 6-of-8 shots from the floor against the visitors from Malibu.
Tremaine Townsend led Matador rebounders with eleven.
"Overall I'm pleased with the effort tonight," said Braswell. "We were coming off a nine-day break for finals and you always worry about that you might play. But it was a good team victory tonight."
Cal State Northridge hit 50 percent (38-for-75) from the floor. Ten of those baskets were from the behind the arc. The Matadors added a season-high 12 steals. The Matador defense also forced Pepperdine into 24 turnovers.
"A win like this really gives us some momentum," said Tresvant. "It really helps the team's confidence."
Cal State Northridge, 3-6, now hits the road for a non-league game at San Diego State (Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m.). The Aztecs, picked to finish third in the Mountain West Conference behind UNLV and BYU, are 7-3 this year.
"These last two games (wins over Denver and Pepperdine) has given our team a little bit of confidence," said Braswell. "Obviously we're not overconfident. We have a long ways to go. There are things we need to do better. We need to have everybody flowing at the same time. Once we reach that level, we'll feel a little more comfortable."
Matador Memo ...
One of those in attendance at Thursday night's game was Chuck Malouf ... Who is Chuck Malouf? ... Malouf played three seasons (1961-64) at Cal State Northridge (then known as San Fernando Valley State) and still holds the single season (.869, 1963-64) and career free throw percentage record (.867 1961-64) in the Matador record book ... Malouf played in the first game at The Matadome on Nov. 30, 1962 against Pepperdine ... Malouf wore his SFVSC letterman's jacket to the game ... Rob Haynes now has 120 3-pointers in his four-year career at Cal State Northridge which ties him for seventh place all-time at CSUN with Greg Minor (1997-99) ... Haynes now has 297 three-point attempts which passes Markus Carr (1998-02) into tenth place all-time at CSUN.