Deon Tresvant's 20 Points Lead CSUN To 66-62 Victory At UC Riverside
Riverside, Ca - It wasn't pretty. It wasn't easy, but a win is a win. Thank you Deon Tresvant.
Tresvant scored all six of his three-pointers in the second half en route to a 20 point outing to help lift the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team to a come-from-behind 66-62 victory at UC Riverside in a Big West game on Wednesday night.
It was the fourth straight year Cal State Northridge has won on UC Riverside's home court.
The Highlanders led nearly the entire game, but Tresvant wouldn't allow the Matadors to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten in league play. Instead, Tresvant, who scored only two points in the first half, tallied 18 second-half points thanks to his incredible marksmanship from behind the arc. UC Riverside led by as many as five points, 50-45, with 7:41 remaining in the game, but Tresvant scored a three-pointer at 6:16 to make it 50-48. UCR came back with a basket, but back came Tresvant with another three point shot to cut the Highlander lead one point, 52-51, with 6:02 left.
Then with 3:31 remaining in the game, Tresvant put the Matadors in front to stay with another three-pointer that made the score, 57-54 with 3:31 left.
Tresvant was unstoppable as the junior guard fired home another three-pointer with 2:30 to play to give CSUN a 62-57 lead. Two baskets by Tremaine Townsend iced the game for the Matadors as the lead grew to nine points, 66-57, with less than a minute remaining.
Ironically, three 3-pointers by Rob Haynes in the first half kept Cal State Northridge in the ball game. Josh Jenkins scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half as the Matadors struggled to tie the game, 34-34, at halftime.
UC Riverside dominated play in the first half, scoring six straight points to take a 6-3 lead in the opening minutes. The Highlanders led by as many as ten points, 21-11, with 10:21 remaining in the opening stanza, and 33-24 with 4:04 remaining. A 10-1 run to end the first half tied the score at 34-34 heading into the locker room. Two 3-pointers by Haynes, a bucket by Jayme Miller and a late score by Tresvant gave the Matadors the momentum heading in the second half.
Jonathan Heard led both teams in rebounding with a career-high 12. Tony Osunsanmi and Townsend came off the bench to add six boards apiece.
The Matadors didn't get style points for the win, just a grind-it-out effort that proved once again the tenacity of the Matadors when adversity hits.
"We got (defensive) stops at the end of the game, and we made baskets at the end of the game," said head coach Bobby Braswell. "We didn't play a good game overall, but we still made plays when we had too. We're blessed and very fortune to come out with a win. UC Riverside played extremely well. They shot 60 percent in the first half, and our defense was not existent. But from a positive point of view, we found a way to win."
The victory raised CSUN's record to 13-3 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the Big West. UC Riverside fell to 3-12 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
Cal State Northridge will take a break from conference play to play a game at Chicago State on Tuesday (1/22/08, 7:00 p.m. ct).
Matador Minute ...
With two field goals against UC Riverside, senior all-conference candidate Jonathan Heard now has 441 career field goals to pass Jeff Parris (1997-01, 440) into seventh place on the all-time Matador list ... Deon Tresvant has now scored double-digits in points in five straight games, all in a reserve role ... Tresvant, with six 3-pointers against the Highlanders, has scored at least one three-pointer in all 15 games this year ... The 13-3 record is the team's best start since the 1981-82 campaign when CSUN went 15-2 ... Cal State Northridge is now 5-0 in Big West play, its best conference start since the school moved to the NCAA Division I level in 1990-91, and overall the best league start in 30 years ... The Matadors have now won six straight games, the eighth-best mark in school history, and four short of the school record ... It is also the longest winning streak since the team won seven straight games during the 1999-00 season ... Calvin Chitwood's consecutive string of games played was snapped tonight at 66 games .. The senior all-conference candidate is suffering from a high ankle sprain and will miss 2-3 weeks ... Chitwood is hoping to be back for the game on Jan. 31 against UC Irvine.