Dec. 22, 2009
BOULDER, Colo. - Cal State Northridge would like to scratch the state of Colorado off its travel schedule for years to come. After falling to Denver two weeks ago, the Matadors equaled their worst loss under head coach Bobby Braswell as Northridge fell 92-58 to the host Colorado Buffaloes Tuesday at the Coors Events Center.
The Matadors (4-7), who dropped their season-high, fourth straight game, also lost by 34 points in a 99-65 loss at Howard on Nov. 26, 2001.
On Tuesday, Northridge was led by sophomore Vinnie McGhee's 13 points while senior Mark Hill added 12 points. McGhee also grabbed a career-high six rebounds to go with two assists and four steals. Michael Lizarraga also had a solid game with six points and matched his career-high with seven rebounds off the bench.
Northridge's 58 points was a season-low and the Matadors also had season-lows in field goals (18), field goal percentage (32.7%) and committed a season-high 26 turnovers.
For Colorado (7-4), five players scored in double figures led by Dwight Thorne's 19. Alec Burks and Cory Higgins each had 14 while Marcus Relphorde had 13 and Austin Dufault chipped in 12. The Buffs shot 56.1% from the field and made 10-of-25 three points shots.
The Matadors held their one and only lead after McGhee's three-pointer gave Northridge an early 3-2 lead. Colorado quickly scored the next 15 points to take a 17-3 lead with 13:07 left in the half.
Northridge whittled the lead down to 10 on two occasions, the last at 20-10 following a Mark Hill trey. But the Buffs outscored the Matadors 21-11 over the last nine minutes of the half and took a 41-21 lead into the break.
Colorado then scored the first four points of the second half to open up a 24-point lead (45-21) after layups from Dufault and Higgins. A Kenny Daniels three followed by a McGhee jumper got the lead under 20 (47-28) with 16:26 left but the Matadors would get no closer the rest of the way.
"We just were not very competitive tonight and it's very rare that I say that about a Northridge basketball team," said Braswell. "We didn't give Colorado much of a fight, it's very disappointing.
"I told our guys we have until Jan. 2 to find it because we open up conference and we're going to have to compete a lot better than that to have a chance."
Cal State Northridge is off until opening the Big West season on Jan. 2 at Pacific.
- GO MATADORS -