Cal State Northridge Falls At Idaho, 96-88
Complete Box Score - CSUN @ Idaho
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletics Director, Strategic Communications
Moscow, Id. – They played a college basketball game Tuesday night between Cal State Northridge and the University of Idaho.
The venue … Memorial Gym, an ancient building constructed in the late 1920's.
James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, would have been proud to know modern day basketball can still be played in an old brick building that houses 1,200 bleacher seats. Throwback uniforms would have added to the ambience.
CSUN head coach Reggie Theus loves the history of the game, but his priorities include wins in the present and the future at Cal State Northridge.
Unfortunately, a win was on the side of the University of Idaho as a spirited crowd of nearly 1,100 fans crammed into Memorial Gym to watch the Vandals record a 96-88 victory over the Matadors in a non-league basketball game.
Theus praised both teams. The Vandals shot a season-high .589. The Matadors (who scored 88 points) hit 50 percent of their shots from the field.
"Idaho shot the ball well but we did not defend," said Theus. "They shot 60 percent from the floor, and we scored 88 points. All we had to do was play some semblance of defense. If you score 88 points, you're suppose to win."
IU's Connor Hill hit eight three-pointers (8-for-11) en route to a career-high 30 points (10-for-14 from the floor). Stephen Madison, who tallied 42 points in his previous game at Utah Valley, scored 21 points along with eight rebounds for the Vandals who raised their season record to 11-16.
Cal State Northridge had a few sharp shooters. Stephen Maxwell and Stephan Hicks each scored 21 points while J.J. Thomas and Ben Vozzola each scored eleven points. Josh Greene scored ten points along with a season-high eight assists.
Idaho led by as many as 19 points (79-60) with 9:16 to play. CSUN refused to fold as the Matadors cut the IU margin to only five points (93-88) with 49 seconds remaining in the game.
A Ben Vozzola steal created a fast break for CSUN, but two misses on short shots prevented CSUN from cutting the Vandal lead even further.
"We just needed a couple more defensive stops," said Theus. "Offense was not the issue."
Cal State Northridge fell to 13-15.
Matador Memo …
Tre Hale-Edmerson tied the school record for career blocks … Two blocks against Idaho give him 82 to move into a school record tie with Thomas Shewmake (82, 2003-07) and Lenny Daniel (82, 2009-11) … Edmerson tied the school record in 59 games compared to 117 games for Shewmake and 61 games for Daniel … Stephan Hicks' 21 points give him 1,313 in his career to move the junior into fifth place all-time in the Matador record book just ahead of Andre Chevalier (1,311 points, 1990-94) and Jim Malkin (1,292 points, 1959-62) … Josh Greene's season-high eight assists give him 333 for his four-year career to move past Josh Jenkins (325 assists, 2007-09) into fourth-place all-time at CSUN … Maxwell played 38 minutes, the 17th straight game he has played 30 or more minutes.