Nov. 18, 2008
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Stanford, Ca. - Statistics just don't tell the true outcome of an actual game.
In a non-league men's basketball game on Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion, Cal State Northridge made 35 baskets compared to Stanford's 28. The Matadors shot an incredible .625 (35-for-56) from the floor compared to .483 (28-for-58) for the Cardinal.
Final score - Stanford 103, Cal State Northridge 85.
So what was the difference in the game? Stanford hit 40-of-47 free throws compared to 9-for-12 for Cal State Northridge. The Matadors were whistled for 34 fouls compared to 16 for Stanford. Starters Willie Galick and Josh Jenkins fouled out of the game, and three other Matador players ended the game with four fouls apiece.
Despite the disparity in free throws, Cal State Northridge was still in the game, 70-70, with 10:10 to play. But then the Cardinal went on a 23-8 run in the next five minutes to post a 93-78 lead. The lead stretched to as many as 20 points, 100-80, with 2:19 to play.
"We just couldn't get over the hump, and we suffered a letdown after we tied the game (70-70)," said Jenkins. "I turned the ball over a couple times. Personally I need to take better care of the ball, especially at crucial portions of the game."
The Matadors biggest lead was four points, 16-12, with 14:00 in the first half. But Stanford went on a 31-9 run and held a 43-25 lead with 5:02 to in the first half.
A mild rally by the Matadors cut the Cardinal lead at halftime to ten points, 52-42.
But the first half stat sheet didn't look good. Tremaine Townsend played only ten minutes with three fouls while Jenkins also had three fouls.
Cal State Northridge took charge early in the second half. Stanford's ten-point halftime lead was cut to one point, 54-53, thanks in part to five points by Jenkins in a 2:47 span.
The game was tied at 67-67, and again at 70-70 with 10:10 to play.
But from that point on, Stanford took charge to raise its season record to 2-0.
Jenkins scored a career-high 24 points, one more than his previous best of 23 last year against Rider. Jenkins hit 10-of-12 shots along with six assists and two steals before fouling out with 4:59 to remaining.
Galick finished with 12 points (6-for-6 from the floor) in 14 minutes.
Townsend, because of his foul problems, was held to only 19 minutes. Townsend finished the evening with nine points and two rebounds.
"We told Tremaine that people were going to concentrate on him," said head coach Bobby Braswell. "Unfortunately, Tremaine got two fouls early in the game, and that took him out of his rhythm a bit."
Despite the loss, Braswell said the mood in the locker room was good, and that he saw some good things during the game.
"The mood is good, but of course, they are not happy," said Braswell. "But there is a lot of teaching that goes on in this game."
Cal State Northridge, 1-1, travels to Cal State Bakersfield on Friday at 7:00 p.m.