Matadors Dominate Cal State L.A. in 90-54 Exhibition Win
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Utilizing a high-paced offense and a tough, pressure defense, the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team dominated play from the start to record a 90-54 victory over Cal State Los Angeles in an exhibition men's basketball game on Wednesday night at The Matadome.
Paul Wayne earned the first Cal State Northridge basket of the game with a layup at 19:44 and the rout was on. Although Cal State Los Angeles tied the game at 2-2, the Matadors scored eleven straight points in a span of more than six minutes to take a 13-2 lead. Three-point baskets by Therin Taylor and Josh Jenkins contributed to the scoring splurge.
Despite the sizable lead and head coach Bobby Braswell using eleven of his 12 active players in the first 20 minutes, the Matadors kept the pressure in high gear at both ends of the floor. With the score, 13-4, Cal State Northridge started another scoring streak with 16 straight points to take a commanding 29-4 lead.
As the clock ticked away towards halftime, the Matador lead continued to climb. The biggest lead of the first half was 27 points, 39-12, with 3:35 to play.
Cal State Northridge scored 20 of its 39 first-half points off Golden Eagle turnovers.
The Northridge defense held Cal State Los Angeles to only six baskets in 26 attempts (.231) and 0-for-9 from behind the arc in the first half. Cal State Northridge, meanwhile, shot 50 percent (14-for-28). The Matadors also outrebounded the Golden Eagles, 22-17 in the first half. Calvin Chitwood tallied seven first half rebounds, and Tremaine Townsend added six boards in only nine minutes of play off the bench.
Chitwood led the Matador attack with a game-high 19 points (6-for-8), including 2-for-4 from three-point territory. Chitwood also added nine rebounds. Rob Haynes picked up 16 points (6-for-9 from the floor, 4-for-7 from three-point territory) and added five rebounds, three assists and block in 26 minutes. Another double-digit scorer was Deon Tresvant with 13 points (6-for-6 from the free throw line) along with five assists, two steals and one block in 22 minutes.
"This was a good step in the right direction," said Chitwood. "We'll look at the films, correct our mistakes, and move forward."
Cal State Northridge hit 55 percent (30-for-55) from the floor, and added eleven 3-pointers in 27 attempts for 41 percent. The Matador defense held Cal State Los Angeles to only 29 percent shooting (15-for-52), nine percent (2-for-22) from behind the arc.
"I was pleased with our play on the defensive side of the ball," said Braswell. "We have stressed defense (in practice). We accomplished three of our four goals tonight. However, we lost the battle of the boards (37-39)."
Cal State Northridge returns to action on Nov. 6 against The Master's College. Tipoff is slated for 8:00 p.m.
A knee injury in early October has sidelined junior center Jermaine Smith for the season ... Smith, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, was a transfer from Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif. ... Smith underwent surgery on Oct. 23 for t torn ACL in his left knee ... Rodrigue Mels did not play because of a groin strain.
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