Box Score - CSUN at Central Michigan
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletics Director, Strategic Communications
Mt. Pleasant, Mich. – Apologizes for the old, worn out quote; "You live by the three, you die by the three."
For Central Michigan University, they were hitting the hoop with 12 three's in 27 attempts to hand Cal State Northridge a 90-76 defeat on Saturday night at McGuirk Arena.
"Central Michigan came into their building and shot the ball well," said CSUN head coach Reggie Theus in giving praise to CMU's effort. "They previously had two sub-par shooting games in the tournament. Tonight, we started to allow them to get some three's. We talked about it at the beginning of the game. If they make three's, they win. If they don't make three's, we win."
Cal State Northridge looked unbeatable in the first 8:30 of the game. The Matadors raced to a 17-8 lead thanks to excellent offensive execution and a pesky defense.
But a 14-0 run by the Chippewas including eight points by Chris Fowler (25 points in the game) that gave CMU a 22-17 at the 7:29 mark of the first half.
Cal State Northridge rallied for five straight points to knot the contest at 22-22. But again CMU surged ahead with a 14-4 run to put the Chippewas ahead, 36-26, at 3:38.
The home team margin increased to 12 points, 44-32, at halftime.
"We will learn from the game," said Theus. "The game is over. It is not so much about how well they (CMU) played. It is what we didn't do. We didn't stick to our game plan."
Critical fouls to three Matador starters also put a major dent in CSUN's chances at winning. Landon Drew and Tre Hale-Edmerson each fouled out while Stephen Maxwell was forced to the bench during CMU's scoring runs with four fouls. Two Matador subs each collected three fouls in limited minutes.
Stephan Hicks led the Matador attack with 22 points and five rebounds. Freshman guard Aaron Parks looks more like a veteran each game. Parks scored 17 points (7-for-8 from the free throw line) along with three steals in 24 minutes off the bench. Maxwell added 14 points and seven rebounds. Josh Greene chipped in with 12 points.
Cal State Northridge fell to 3-3. CMU also is 3-3.
The Matadors will now continue their longest road trip (nine days) in school history with a Tuesday (11/26/13) night encounter at Montana State. Earlier this week, CSUN scored a 74-73 victory over the Bobcats at the Central Michigan University Tournament.
Matador Memo …
Stephan Hicks and Stephen Maxwell were named to the all-tournament team at the Central Michigan University Tourney … In three games, Hicks scored 62 points along with 18 rebounds … Maxwell, also in three games, scored 53 points along with 25 rebounds … Josh Greene tallied 12 points against CMU to give him 1,081 career points to move the senior into a 12th place tie on the Matador points list along with Pat Bolden (1984-88) … Hicks' 22 points gives him 954 career points, only 46 short of becoming the 17th player in the 55-year history of Matador basketball to reach that figure … Hicks added six three free throws against CMU to give him 286 career charity stripe points, tenth-best in school history … With two assists, Josh Greene now has 262 career assists to pass Lucky Grandy (1996-98) into ninth place all-time at Cal State Northridge.