By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director, Media Relations
Des Moines, Ia. – It's cold everywhere you turn in this Midwestern city.
Outside temperatures hovered in the high 30's, and inside at the Knapp Center, Cal State Northridge recorded equally cold shooting in dropping a 73-49 decision to Drake University in a non-league game on Saturday night.
The Matadors were only able to convert on 35 percent (20-for-57) of its shots while Drake warmed up the arena with a toasty 47 percent (24-for-51) marksmanship. Only two CSUN players were able to reach double-figures in points as Stephan Hicks and Josh Greene each collected ten. No other CSUN player was able to generate more than seven points.
Four Drake players collected double-points led by Rayvonte Rice who collected 24 points along with seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
The game was competitive for the first ten minutes. Neither team could generate more than a three-point lead.
But then Drake caught fire in a five-minute span that would have heated the chilly, frigid air of Des Moines. The Bulldogs outscored Cal State Northridge, 15-3, to take a 31-16 lead with 6:05 remaining before halftime. Drake eventually ended the first half with a 36-23 lead.
Drake pulled away to biggest lead of the game, 50-24 (15:33 remaining), and at 71-45 (3:04 remaining).
Cal State Northridge falls to 1-4 while Drake improves to 4-2.
The Matadors return home to the Matadome on Wednesday, November 30, to host Cal State Bakersfield. Game time is 7:05 p.m.