CSUN Claims Sole Possession of First Place - 95-74 over Long Beach State
Feb. 28, 2009
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Northridge, Calif. - A big day of basketball before a near capacity crowd of 1,529 fans watched as the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team stormed to a highly convincing 95-74 victory over Long Beach State in the final home regular season game on Saturday afternoon.
The victory pushed the Matadors into sole possession of first place in the Big West Conference at 10-4. Long Beach State dropped to 9-5.
Six Matador players scored in double figures as the team shot .621 (36-for-58) from the floor. Senior Tremaine Townsend led CSUN scorers with 17 points while another senior Rob Haynes and Willie Galick each added 14 points. Kenny Daniels chipped in with 13 points while Vincent Cordell scored eleven points.
The Matadors also out rebounded the 49ers, 36-for-28. Townsend, who leads the Big West Conference in rebounding, snared eight boards while Galick and senior Rodrigue Mels each added six.
Cal State Northridge was also strong from 3-point territory. The Matadors hit 8-of-13 from behind the arc. Mark Hill hit 3-of-4 shots from 3-point territory in addition to a career-high eleven assists.
Cal State Northridge led the entire way. The Matador lead was 49-36 at halftime.
The Matador momentum continued in the second half. With ten minutes to play, Cal State Northridge enjoyed its biggest lead of the game, 79-51.
"This is a very resilient group," said Matador head coach Bobby Braswell. "This group has shown a lot of character. I'm couldn't be more happy for our seniors and our fans. We were probably as efficient as we have been all season. Long Beach State is a great team that has been in first place from the very beginning to this point. We were determined not to lose the final home game of the season for our seniors. I'm very proud of the team. The team knew what was on the line today ... two first place teams going at it. They figured how to do the things to be successful."
Rob Haynes hit two 3-pointers, the 24th straight game in which he has scored at least one 3-pointer ... Willie Galick's monster dunk while falling away from the hoops late in the game made ESPN's nightly Top 10 gems.