Jan. 5, 2009
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Northridge, Ca. - Tremaine Townsend, Rob Haynes and Josh Jenkins were expected to help shoulder the scoring load for the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team this year.
That's exactly what they did on Monday night in a Big West Conference game against UC Davis at The Matadome. Townsend scored a career-high 25 points (11-for-15 from the floor), grabbed eight rebounds, stole three passes and dished out two assists. Haynes collected a career-high 18 points along with three steals, and Jenkins collected a career-high 14 assists (one short of the school record) as the Matadors recorded a 84-81 victory.
"A good win for us," said head coach Bobby Braswell. "UC Davis played a great game. They execute a Princeton-type offense, and they now have players who can really shoot the basketball. Give them a lot of credit. I told the team this was going to be a game that was going to be close throughout. The game wasn't decided until the last 12 seconds of the game."
UC Davis, despite their 5-8 overall record entering the game against Cal State Northridge, dictated play through the early part of the first half. The Aggies led by as many as seven points, 25-18, with 8:07 left in the opening stanza. However, Cal State Northridge scored seven straight points in the next three minutes, and eventually enjoyed its biggest lead at seven points before the first half, 41-34, with 1:49.
At halftime, the Matadors led, 47-39.
The Aggies played through until the end. A 78-81 CSUN lead with 1:10 to play evaporated into a one-point lead, 82-81, with 17 seconds remaining. But Jenkins hit two free throws in the final 13 seconds to ice the victory.
Cal State Northridge looked good on the stat sheet. The Matadors hit 50 percent or better from the floor for the fourth time this year, checking in at .526 (30-for-57). The Matadors out rebounded the Aggies, 39-31, and collected 22 assists and 12 steals.
"We stressed pounding the ball inside, and that's probably why we ended up shooting 53 percent from the floor," said Braswell.
The three-point decision was the closest win for the Matadors this year. "Stressful" as Braswell calls it, but a game on the winning ledger.
"This was a growing opportunity, an opportunity to play in a tight game and win it," said Braswell.
The Matadors, now 5-8 overall and 2-1 in the conference, have a nine-day layoff before traveling to UC Riverside on Jan. 14.
Matador Memo ...
Josh Jenkins' 14 assists were one short of the school record set by two players - Keith Gibbs against Colorado (11/23/90) and twice by Markus Carr against Wyoming (12/7/00) and against Montana State (2/24/01) ... In the last two games against UC Davis, Tremaine Townsend has scored 46 points and 29 rebounds ... Rob Haynes' 18 points tied his career-high for a third time ... Haynes made four 3-pointers against the Aggies to give him 134 for his career, and that moves him past Brooklyn McLinn (1989-90, 1991-94) into fifth place all-time at CSUN ... Therin Taylor came off the bench to grab a career-high seven rebounds.