CSUN Edges Hawai’i in Nail-Biter, 79-78

Box Score - CSUN vs Hawai'i

By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletics Director, Strategic Communciations

Northridge, Calif. – Stephen Maxwell
collected his league leading seventh double-double of the season with 24 points and ten rebounds to help lead Cal State Northridge to a 79-78 victory over Hawai'i in a Big West Conference game on Saturday night at the Matadome.

Aaron Parks added a career-high 19 points in 21 minutes off the bench for the Matadors. Josh Greene was CSUN's other double-digit scorer with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.

The victory raised CSUN to atop the league standings at 2-0. Cal State Northridge shares the league lead with UC Irvine and Cal Poly.

"It was a great game, a tremendous victory" beamed Matador head coach Reggie Theus. "They (Hawai'i) made a great run (late in the second half) and we sustained it. We were up by 13 points and they applied a trap (defense). It affected our ball handling. We have to be better with the basketball. But we made plays by getting to the free throw line (28-for-31)."

Not since the 2007-08 season has Cal State Northridge started the league season 2-0.

 "That's what is important," said Theus, who also reminded the media the team still needs to improve. "I'm irritated with a few things in the game but when we needed a play, the guys did it."

Overall, CSUN is 10-7. Hawai'i fell to 11-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Tre Hale-Edmerson's free throw with 2:11 to play gave the Matadors a 79-75 lead. But a three-pointer by UH's Keith Shamburger with 1:54 on the clock cut the Matador lead o one point, 79-78.

Three Rainbow Warriors shots could not find the bottom of the basket in the final 1:23 to give the Matadors the win.Hawai'i led 30-21 with 6:54 remaining in the first half, but the Matadors fought back to take a 40-39 lead at the intermission.

CSUN held its biggest lead of the game, 70-57, with 9:00 remaining in the game.

Parks was in a five-game shooting slump, hitting only four of his last 30 shots for 13 percent. Against Hawai'i, the freshman guard hit 4-of-8 shots (3-for-3 from three-point territory) along with a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

"Aaron has been in the gym for several days getting shots up," said Theus. "He has not been satisfied or happy with his game. Here's a freshman with 19 points in 21 minutes. That's enormous. He did it with good shot selection along with concentrating at the free throw line. This is a sign of a young man with a great future in basketball."  

Parks also picked up two assists and two steals.

"I knew I had to get back in the gym to get my shooting rhythm back," said Parks. "I was able to put up a lot of shots after practice along with my cardio to get myself back. I try to play each game like it's my last game. I have always been raised to have an intensity to go out and win."

Matador Memo …
Josh Greene set a school record for career three-point attempts … With seven three-point attempts against Hawai'i, Greene now has 498, one shot better than the previous school record holder Ian Boylan (2001-05).






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