Another Impressive Victory For CSUN Basketball Team, 92-76 over Cal State Bakersfield
Northridge, Ca - Six Cal State Northridge players scored in double figures, led by guard Josh Jenkins and center Tremaine Townsend, who each recorded a double-double to help push the Matadors to its first 3-0 season opening start since the 1983-84 campaign with a convincing 92-76 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in a non-league game Wednesday night at The Matadome.
Depth was considered a major strength of this year's Matador team, and nine of the ten players utilized on Wednesday night by head coach Bobby Braswell played at least ten minutes.
Most impressive were Jenkins and Townsend. Jenkins came off the bench to play 25 minutes in posting a double-double of 12 assists and eleven points. Jenkins told the media after the game that he doesn't mind coming off the bench. He just wants to help the team win.
"It's just a matter of confidence," said Jenkins. "I trust my teammates to make the right plays. I'm just passing the ball, and the guys are making the shots."
Townsend played a team-high 29 minutes off the bench, and responded with another solid effort. Townsend hit 7-of-8 shots from the floor, good for 14 points, and added ten rebounds and three blocks.
Other double-digit scorers were Rodrigue Mels with 16 points (6-for-10 from the floor, 4-for-6 from behind the arc), Jonathan Heard and Rob Haynes each with 13, and Calvin Chitwood with eleven. The Matadors eclipsed 90 or more points for the third straight game. That hasn't happened since the start of the 1988-89 season when the Matadors tallied 90 or more points in five straight games.
"Scoring points is not going to be a problem," admitted Braswell. "How good can we be? Providing we stay healthy, play together and continue to work hard, we can give ourselves a chance to win."
Cal State Northridge hit .548 (34-for-62) from the floor, hit .444 from three-point territory (12-for-27), and outrebounded the Roadrunners, 34-24.
Of added importance was the Matadors guard play. The Matadors' 23 assists compared to 15 turnovers, in addition to CSUN collecting six steals and three blocks.
The Matadors led from the start, and enjoyed its biggest lead of the first half, 54-35, with 39 seconds left.
The lead grew to as many as 24 points, 78-54, with 8:30 remaining.
Although the season is only three games old, Heard said "the team has a chance to be a great Matador team."
Matador Minute ...
With 13 points against Cal State Bakersfield, Jonathan Heard is inching closer to the Top 10 career points list at Cal State Northridge ... Heard now has scored 1,075 points, only six points short of Pat Bolden (1984-88) in tenth place ... Heard has now played 2,302 minutes in his four-year career to move past Todd Bowser (1986-91, 2,288 minutes) into tenth position in the school record book ... The 12 assists by Josh Jenkins was eighth-best for a single game in school history ... The school record remains 15 by Keith Gibbs vs Colorado on Nov. 23, 1990, 15 by Markus Carr vs Wyoming (12/7/00) and Carr vs Montana State (2/24/01) ... The 12 assists by Jenkins was the most since Carr tallied the same amount against Cal State Fullerton (1/24/02).