Box Score - CSUN @ UC Riverside
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletics Director, Strategic Communications
Riverside, Calif. – Previous to Saturday's heart-breaking double overtime 106-105 loss at UC Riverside in a Big West Conference game, Cal State Northridge had only played seven such games in the 56-year history of Matador basketball.
And amazingly enough, only one other time in school history had the Matadors lost two straight one-point games; a span of 1,546 games. Last Thursday (2/27/14), CSUN dropped an 82-81 decision at Cal State Fullerton.
And another amazing statistic added to the high drama of the contest. Despite shooting a remarkable .861 from the free throw line against the Highlanders, it was two missed free throws that contributed to the very tough loss. With three seconds remaining in regulation and the Highlanders holding on to an 83-82 lead, CSUN's Stephen Maxwell was fouled. Maxwell made the first free throw to tie the game, 83-83, but he missed the second free throw to send the game into overtime. In the second overtime, UC Riverside led 106-103 on two free throws with 18 seconds remaining. But with only one tick on the clock, CSUN's Aaron Parks scored on a layup and was fouled to cut the Highlanders lead to one point, 106-105. But Parks missed the free throw and UCR recorded the win.
Stephan Hicks had sent the game into a second overtime with a three-pointer with one second on the clock to tie the score, 97-97.
The Cal State Northridge vs UC Riverside game kept fans riveted to their seats from the opening tipoff to the final buzzer. There were 29 incredible lead changes. The score was tied 24 times.
CSUN's trio of top scorers scored 75 of the team's 105 points. Josh Greene led the Matadors attack with 26 points followed by Maxwell with 25 points and Hicks added 24. Maxwell also collected a game-high 12 rebounds. It was the 14th time this season that Maxwell had collected a double-double (25 points, 12 rebounds).
Cal State Northridge fell to 14-17 overall and 6-9 in the conference. Despite the loss, CSUN remained in a fifth place tie with Cal Poly. The Mustangs lost 55-48 at UC Irvine.
Matador Memo …
Three individual school records were broken at UC Riverside … Two of those records were broken by Josh Greene … Greene played in his 121th game in his four year Matador career to break the old school mark of 120 set by Jonathan Heard (2004-08) … Greene played 49 minutes in the double overtime game at UC Riverside to give him 1,101 single season minutes, breaking the old record of 1,075 set by Ian Boylan during the 2003-04 season … Stephan Hicks also broke a school record … With 13 free throws at UC Riverside, Hicks now has 406 career free throws in his three-year career to pass the previous school record holder Andre Chevalier (396, 1990-94) … Josh Greene now has 383 career free throws, third-best in school history to pass Ian Boylan (376, 2001-05) … Greene is still ahead of the school record for single season free throw percentage … Greene is shooting .916 (141-for-154), well ahead of Chuck's Malouf's mark of .869 set during the 1963-64 campaign … Greene's career free throw percentage is .868 (383-for-441) just ahead of Malouf's career mark of .867 (1961-64) … Hicks' 514 single season points are now tenth-best in school history to displace Mark Cooley's 512 points set in 1966-67 … Hicks now has 505 career free throw attempts, second-best in school history to move past Jonathan Heard (490, 2004-08) … Stephen Maxwell's 25 points gives him 1,212 in his three-year career to move into tenth place all-time at CSUN, just ahead of the previous spot held by Jerry Joseph (1,191 points, 1967-70) ... Maxwell's 561 single season points are now fifth-best in the CSUN record book … Maxwell's seven free throws at UCR gives him 167, second-best for a single season and only 15 short of the school record set by Ollie Carter during the 1964-65 campaign.