By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – The competition proved to be much tougher for Cal State Northridge in its exhibition game against the University of Victoria on Thursday night at McKinnon Gym.
A night earlier, the Matadors breezed to a 85-45 victory over Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.
The University of Victoria provided a much bigger challenger. The Vikes have one of the better collegiate basketball programs in Canada, but CSUN prevailed with some toughness of its own in recording the four point decision (89-85) thanks to some last second heroics by freshman forward Brandon Perry and sophomore guard Allan Guei.
Perry played another solid game with 22 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Perry tossed in a layup with seven seconds to play, and Guei added two free throws at the end to insure the win for Cal State Northridge.
Guei ended the contest with 13 points.
Josh Greene led the Matador attack with 24 points and four assists. Stephen Maxwell added 13 points while Tre Hale-Edmerson collected 12 rebounds and three steals.
This game was hard fought from start-to-finish.
The University of Victoria took a 7-4 lead with 5:29 left in the first period, but the Matadors mounted a comeback to tie the game at 9-9 with 3:49 left in the opening frame on a Brandon Perry comeback.
Cal State Northridge took its first lead of the game at 11-9 on a fast break basket by Josh Greene with 2:46 left.
The lead was pushed to 19-16 at the end of the first period.
Greene pushed the lead to 21-16 with 8:40 left in the second period.
With the score 24-21 at 7:04 on the clock in the second period, Victoria scored eight straight points to take a 29-24 lead at 3:21.
Back came Cal State Northridge to take a 31-30 lead at 2:43 remaining on two free throws by Stephen Maxwell and another two free throws by Josh Greene.
Cal State Northridge led 38-35 at halftime.
However, Victoria mounted a comeback to take a 63-61 lead after three periods. The Matadors had led 51-46 with 5:12 in the third period on a Landon Drew layup. But the Vikes tied the game at 61-61 with 1:08 left in the period, and a Chris McLaughlin (15 points) basket gave the home team a 63-61 lead entering the final period.
CSUN's then took control to enjoy a five point lead (68-63) with 8:32 remaining.
The University of Victoria wouldn't go away, and tied the game at 70-70 with six minutes on the clock.
Again CSUN went ahead, this time with a 81-78 lead with 2:32 remaining on a Tre Hale-Edmerson short jumper.
Again Victoria kept pace and tied the game at 81-81 with 52 seconds remaining.
With 48 seconds remaining on the clock, Greene cashed in a basket to give the Matadors a 85-83 lead.
Victoria refused to quit hitting a basket with 28 seconds remaining to tie the game at 85-85.
Then the dramatic end. Perry dropped in a tip-in shot to give the Matadors a 87-85 lead with only seconds remaining.
Two free throws by Guei provided the insurance points.
Final Score – Cal State Northridge 89, the University of Victoria 85
Matador Memo …
The Cal State Northridge basketball team spent most of the morning sightseeing in the downtown area of Victoria … The trip included an excursion through the ornate Parliament buildings and the Empress Hotel during High Tea (Noon) … The University of Victoria is one of the most successful athletic programs in Canada, and has won 65 Canadian University national championships … The University of Victoria, often referred to as UVIC, is the second oldest public research University in British Columbia, Canada, located about ten miles northeast of downtown Victoria … Student enrollment is around 20,000 students … After the game, the team departed for the ferry boat ride back to Vancouver … Friday night, the Matadors travel to Quest University in Squamish.