DAVIS, Calif. – A three-point shot by UC Davis' Tyler Les with 53 seconds left in the game created a lead too large for Cal State Northridge to erase as the Matadors were defeated 79-71 by the host Aggies Thursday night at The Pavilion.
Responsible for half of his team's eight three-point field goals, Josh Greene
shot 7-of-17 from the field, was 4-of-9 from long range, and recorded 21 points to finish as the Matadors' leading scorer for the seventh time this season.
Thursday's game was also the fourth occasion that Greene made a season-high four shots from three-point distance, and the 13th time he has scored 10 or more points in a game for the Matadors this season.
and Stephen Maxwell
added 17 and 10 points respectively, and finished with a team-high eight rebounds each.
Hicks has scored 10 or more points in 20 of CSUN's 22 games, Maxwell has now scored double digits in three of his last four games played.
Leading 34-32 at the half, Northridge (6-16, 2-9 BWC) scored nine of the first 14 points of the second half to extend its lead to a 43-37 margin.
Throughout the next four minutes, UC Davis (2-21, 1-10 BWC) scored 11 straight points before John Hayward-Mayhew
ended CSUN's scoring drought with his only basket of the game, a three-point shot, to pull the Matadors within two.
Hayward-Mayhew also made three of his four free throws to finish with six points.
That two point deficit would swell to as large as seven points before Northridge embarked on a scoring run of its own to tie the game at 65 apiece, with 6:29 left in the game.
After Maxwell broke that tie with his final field goal of the night, Les helped UC Davis regain the lead moments later when he made the second of his three field goals from three-point distance to give his team a one-point advantage.
The lead would swing back towards CSUN's favor on its next possession when Greene's layup, his final basket of the evening, gave Northridge a 71-69 lead.
In a game that saw the lead change hands on 10 occasions, Paolo Mancasola's three-point shot gave the Aggies a 71-69 lead, one that would remain in his team's possession for the rest of the night.
Of the final 14 points scored by UC Davis, five were earned at the charity stripe, with the remaining points earned from its three shots taken from behind the arc.
Whistled for seven fouls within the first five minutes, Northridge put UC Davis in the bonus for a majority of the second half. UC Davis took full advantage of this luxury as they visited the free throw line 17 times throughout the second half, making all but one shot.
Northridge connected on 10 of its 11 free throws, but it was the Aggies' performance from the charity stripe that ultimately made the difference.
Compared to Matadors' 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) mark at the line, UC Davis made 21-of-26 (80.8 percent) free throws.
Cal State Northridge will end its three-game road swing on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Pacific. Tipoff will take place at 7:30 p.m., live stats and an internet radio broadcast will be available at GoMatadors.com.