Drexel Defeats Cal State Northridge, 75-63
Dec. 18, 2009
Northridge, Calif. - Jamie Harris scored a game-high 24 points, including six key points in the last 2:13 of the game to give Drexel University to a 75-63 victory over Cal State Northridge in a non-league men's basketball game on Friday night at The Matadome.
Harris, a junior guard, hit nine of 15 shots along with seven assists in 35 minutes of play. Teammate Gerald Colds, also a junior guard, added 17 points and five rebounds for the Dragons.
Four starters scored in double figures for Cal State Northridge. Lenny Daniel led the Matador attack with 13 points. Raymond Cody, Kenny Daniels and Vinnie McGhee each scored ten points for Cal State Northridge. The Matadors fell to 4-6.
Cal State Northridge hit only 21-of-34 free throw attempts and was forced into 18 turnovers compared to eight assists.
Drexel collected 12 steals.
In the first half, neither team could command a bigger lead than three points until the 12:22 mark. Cal State Northridge led 17-16 on a layup by Willie Galick, but in the next 6:02, Drexel outscored the Matadors, 17-7, to give the Dragons a 33-24 lead, their biggest lead in the first 20 minutes.
Harris' jumper maintained Drexel's nine-point lead, 37-28, with 53 seconds remaining. Cal State Northridge cut the Dragon to six points, 37-31, at halftime. The Matadors scored the last points of the first half on a Galick layup with 26 seconds left, and a free throw by McGhee with six seconds left.
A layup by Samme Givens and a basket by Harris gave Drexel a 41-32 lead with 18:53 remaining in the game. Cal State Northridge then rallied by outscoring the Dragons, 14-5, in the next three minutes to tie the game at 46-46. But Drexel refused to give the Matadors the lead. Drexel then outscored CSUN, 9-2, to take a 55-48 lead with 9:33 left on the clock. Seven of those nine points were scored by freshman guard Derrick Thomas on three baskets, including a three-point make.
With 5:53 left in the game, Chris Fouchs hit two free throws to give Drexel a 64-54 lead.
Back came Cal State Northridge. A Daniel basket, two free throws by Therin Taylor and a Daniels layup cut the Dragon lead to four points, 64-60, with 4:59 remaining.
Drexel refused to fold. A Fouch layup and a three-pointer by Colds gave the visitors a 69-60 lead with 3:52 left.
Cal State Northridge could get no closer than seven points with 3:06 left (62-69). Two free throws by Harris with 2:13 left gave the Dragons a 71-62 lead. In the final 90 seconds, Harris hit two baskets to insure victory for the visitors from Philadelphia.