Jan. 4, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - Lenny Daniel's eighth double-double of the season, 13 points from Kenny Daniels, and a new career high set by Mark Hill and his 18 points were not enough Monday evening as the Cal State Northridge Matadors (4-9, 0-2 BWC) were defeated by the UC Davis Aggies (6-8, 2-0 BWC) by a score of 85-73.
Northridge will now travel back to the Valley to start a three game home-stand against UC Irvine, Seattle, and UC Riverside.
The early moments of the first half saw both teams engage in dueling fast breaks as each struggled to set up their respective half-court offenses and elected to push the ball early and often on the fast break.
It was not until the midway point of the first half when each side began running their respective offenses; both teams finished the first 20-minute session shooting over 30% from the field as the Aggies went into the locker room at the half with a five point advantage, 31-26.
The second half found Daniel aggressively attacking the basket whenever the opportunity presented itself as he scored 17 of his team-high 21 points in the final 20 minutes.
Daniel finished the game with his eighth double-double of the season as he grabbed six boards in each half to finish with 12 total rebounds.
Leading by five at the half, the Aggies connected on five of their first six three-point attempts to extend their lead to 17 points before the Matadors began to slowly chip away at the Aggie advantage.
In addition to Daniel, Hill scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, giving his team an opportunity to leave The Pavilion while setting a new career high in the process.
Hill's previous career high for total points scored in a game was 15, an accomplishment that took place against Pacific last season.
What was one a 17 point Aggie lead was whittled down to only a nine point lead going into the final minutes of the game.
Unfortunately for CSUN, the rim seemed to magically shrink in size as they were unable to connect from the field and were forced to foul UC Davis to stop the clock.
The Aggies were able to connect on a majority of their free throws in the final minutes, and collected their second conference win.
In addition to a solid 13 point performance by Daniels, the Matadors out-rebounded their opponents from start to finish; against Pacific in their previous game the Tigers owned the boards for a majority of the game.
This time it was the Matadors turn to aggressively crash the boards and give themselves additional opportunities to score throughout the contest.
Unfortunately is was CSUN's 21 turnovers that were the difference in the game as Davis were able to score 19 points off of Matador mistakes.
Northridge now has three days to prepare for their next conference foe, the UC Irvine Anteaters as they make the drive up the 405 this Thursday.
The broadcasting team of Bill Courtland and Alan Zinsmeister will broadcast the game live, starting at 7:00 p.m. Basketball fans can listen to all of the action, of follow the events taking place at the Matadome by visiting GoMatadors.com.