Complete Box Score - CSUN @ Hawai'i
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletics Director, Strategic Communications
Honolulu, Hw. – For 32 minutes, Cal State Northridge executed its offense, played pesky defense, and controlled the tempo of a game against a University of Hawai'i team that is big, physical and talented.
The Matadors pushed hard in the first four minutes enjoying an 11-2 lead, hitting 4-of-8 shots from the floor while the Rainbow Warriors were missing on their first seven attempts.
Hawai'i regained its composure and moved ahead at 26-23 with 4:05 remaining in the first half. The Matadors didn't budge against a Hawai'i team that featured two 6-foot-8, 230-pound players and a 7-footer that topped the scales at 240 pounds.
At halftime, the scoreboard read … Hawai'i 32, Cal State Northridge 30.
The second half told a different story. Hawai'i used its size and strength to wear down the smaller Matador team. UH collected 12 of its 22 offensive rebounds in the second half. Tied at 47-47 at the 12:22 mark, the Rainbow Warriors outscored CSUN, 15-5, with an inside game that the Matadors couldn't defend.
Hawaii stretched its lead to as many as 16 points, 75-59, at the 2:47 mark.
Final Score – Hawai'i 77, Cal State Northridge 63 in a Big West Conference game at the Stan Sheriff Center.
"For 32 minutes, I thought we out played Hawai'i," said CSUN head coach Reggie Theus. "Hawai'i was coming off an emotional loss to Long Beach State two nights earlier, and we had beaten them at our place (79-78 at the Matadome)."
Theus added "Hawai'i did a great job of rebounding … 22 offensive rebounds. I thought we played hard for a long time. Hawai'i had 21 second-chance points. That was really the game."
Another key factor in CSUN's loss was the team's free throw shooting. Entering the game with a .779 charity stripe performance this year, third-best in the nation, the Matadors connected on only 15-of-27 attempts. Even Josh Greene, who had a string of 29 straight free throws, missed an attempt to come up short in his attempt to break his school record of 33 set last year.
Cal State Northridge fell to 11-12 overall, 3-5 in the Big West Conference. Hawai'i is 15-6 overall and 4-3 in the league.
"This doesn't stop our quest to win the (Big West) conference tournament," Theus told reporters. "We will now concentrate on our next game. That's all that matters."
Matador Memo …
Stephan Hicks led the Matadors with 18 points along with seven rebounds … Hicks now has 1,221 career points to move into an eight place tie with Cliff Higgins (1,221 career points, 1981-84) … Tre Hale-Edmerson blocked two shots to give him 70 career blocks to move into third-place all-time at CSUN, ahead of Tremaine Townsend (69, 2007-09) … Hale-Edmerson's 40 single season blocks moves the sophomore forward into second place all-time for a single season at CSUN … The school record holder remains Lenny Daniel (44, 2009-10).