Dec. 2, 2010
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Air Force Academy, Co. - If someone gave you the final box score between Cal State Northridge and Air Force, whom do you think won this non-league game on Thursday night at Clune Arena?
* Cal State Northridge outrebounded Air Force, 49-to-30
* Cal State Northridge scored more baskets, 23-to-21
* Cal State Northridge scored more three-point baskets, 10-to-8
If you thought Cal State Northridge won the contest based on those stats, guess again.
Final Score - Air Force 72, Cal State Northridge 63
When the Matadors needed a basket or needed a defensive stop, CSUN just couldn't find the magic and fell for the fifth time in seven games during the 2010-11 season. Certainly a heart breaking loss to a disciplined Air Force Academy team that raised its record to 4-1.
Two key categories proved fatal for Cal State Northridge. Air Force tallied 22 free throws in 30 attempts compared to only seven free throws in 14 attempts for the Matadors. CSUN also turned the ball over 19 times.
Cal State Northridge led by as many a four points in the first half, 13-9, with 9:20 left in the first half. The Matadors and Falcons eventually ended the first half, 30-30.
Cal State Northridge never led in the second half. A three-pointer by Tom Fow gave Air Force a 33-30 lead and the Falcons never relinquished the lead.
With 14:53 left in the game, Air Force led 42-33, but five minutes later, the Matadors cut the lead to only three points, 49-46. But the Matadors could never get a key defensive stop and Air Force scored the next five points to lead, 54-46, with 8:52 remaining.
On three other occasions late in the second half, CSUN cut the Air Force lead to as little as five points, but again CSUN couldn't get a defensive stop when needed.
With 13 ticks on the clock, Air Force upped its lead to eleven points, 72-61, and eventually marched off the court with a 72-63 decision.
Saturday, Cal State Northridge travels to Denver University in a 4:30 p.m. (mst) tipoff. The game will be broadcast on internet radio (www.gomatadors.com) with Alan Zinsmeister. The game will also be televised live on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain.
Matador Memo ...
Lenny Daniel collected his second double-double in the last three games with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against Air Force ... Michael Lizarraga collected his third straight six rebound game ... Raymond Cody had a career-high eight rebounds, two more than his previous career-high six against DePaul (11/26/10) ... Freshman Frankie Eteuati collected a season-high five blocks to raise his team-high total to ten ... Rashaun McLemore scored a team-high 18 points and collected career-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (4) ... Cal State Northridge shot 31 three-pointers, the sixth-most for a single game in school history ... The 49 rebounds and ten 3-pointers were season-highs.