Nov. 14, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - Josh Jenkins scored a game-high 16 points and Tony Osunsanmi came off the bench to tally a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team to a 73-62 victory over Cal Lutheran in the 2008-09 season opener for the Matadors on Friday night at The Matadome.
Jenkins, a senior, hit 7-of-12 shots and added five steals and four assists in 25 minutes of play. Jenkins hit 7-of-12 shots from the floor.
Osunsanmi, a junior, played 19 minutes and collected seven points, two steals in addition to his career-high 14 rebounds. His previous rebounding best was six last year against Rider College.
"Basically my role is to rebound, defend and be the energizer bunny on the court," said Osunsanmi.
Head coach Bobby Braswell said Osunsanmi was clearly the best player on the court.
"You couldn't ask him to do more," said Braswell. "He has the biggest heart in the world."
Jenkins also praised the play of Osunsanmi. "Tony brought a `want to win' attitude," said Jenkins. "Tony knows his role on the team and showed great leadership tonight."
Aaron Fisher and Kyle Knudsen scored 16 points apiece for the Kingsman. Fisher also led Cal Lutheran rebounders with ten.
Cal State Northridge out rebounded Cal Lutheran, 47-39, but the visitors hit 19-of-34 free throws compared to 11-for-13 for Cal State Northridge.
Cal Lutheran led at halfltime, 32-31. Osunsanmi said the team needed to focus and play better in the second half.
"We were not playing up to our potential," said Osunsami. "We needed to come out, defend and play as a team."
Braswell was not pleased with the team's performance against Cal Lutheran. After a day off on Saturday, the team resumes practice on Sunday afternoon in preparation for next Tuesday's game (Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.) at Stanford University.
"We're not playing together," said Braswell. "We played selfishly on the offensive end. Defensively tonight we did not give a great effort. We're just not a very good basketball team at this time. We need to change some attitudes and the way we approach games."