Jan. 8, 2011
Northridge, Calif. - If you noticed that Seattle University shot only 37 percent from the floor, 21 percent from beyond the arc, and were forced into 20 turnovers, would you have thought Cal State Northridge had won its first road game of the 2010-11 season.?
Somehow, someway, the Red Hawks prevailed to record a 65-58 decision over the Matadors on Saturday night in a non-league game at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
What doomed Cal State Northridge was allowing Seattle 44 rebounds (18 offensive boards) compared to only 28 of its own, 20 of its own turnovers and missing several close baskets.
Cal State Northridge allowed Seattle University 36 points in the paint, and tallied 18 points off CSUN turnovers.
This was certainly a winnable game for Cal State Northridge. The Matadors led throughout much of the first half. CSUN held its biggest lead of the game, 28-20, with 4:46 before intermission. But the momentum quickly changed. Seattle scored ten straight points to take a 30-28 lead at the 2:11 mark.
The first half ended with the Red Hawks holding a 32-28 advantage.
A steal by Dathan Lyles which led to a dunk by Lenny Daniel made the score 32-30 with 19:45 remaining in the game. CSUN then went ahead, 33-32, on Vinnie McGhee's three-pointer at the 18:52 mark. Seattle went on another run. The Red Hawks scored ten straight points to take a 42-33 lead with 17:02 left in the game.
Cal State Northridge marched right back to cut SU's margin to only two points, 54-52, with 5:57 remaining. But CSUN couldn't get any key defensive stops to forge into the lead.
Once again, Lenny Daniel and Rashaun McLemore accounted for another 1-2 point combination. Daniel weaved his away around the basket for 27 points (11-for-19 from the floor) along with seven rebounds and a season-high three blocks. McLemore collected 14 points and four assists.
CSUN falls to 4-11 overall while Seattle advances to 7-11.
The Matadors return home for open a four-game home stand next Thursday (1/3/11) against UC Riverside in a Big West Conference game ... Game time is 7:05 p.m. That game is followed by home games against Cal State Fullerton (1/15/11, 7:05 pm), Seattle (1/19/11, 7:05 pm) and Cal Poly (1/22/10, 1:00 pm)
Matador Memo ...
Vinnie McGhee collected three 3-pointers ... That gives McGhee seven games in which he has tallied three or more 3-pointers ... Lenny Daniel now has 59 blocks in his two-year CSUN career, and is approaching the fifth position in the school record book now occupied by Calvin Chitwood (2004-08, 62).