Dec. 4, 2010
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Denver, Co. - For the second straight game, the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team had several opportunities to win a road game, but fell short.
In last Thursday's game at Air Force (12/2/10), the Matadors outrebounded the Falcons by 19 boards (49-to-30) and scored more baskets (23-to-21), yet fell to the Military Academy, 73-62.
In Saturday's game at Denver (12/4/10), the Matadors made more baskets (18-to-15), outrebounded the Pioneers (31-to-22), and out shot the home team (.514 to .441). But again, Cal State Northridge fell, this time to Denver University, 66-63, before a Kids Day crowd of 5,450 fans at Magness Arena.
Both teams records are now 2-6.
Denver held a 20-15 lead with 8:54 remaining in the first half when the Matadors changed the momentum on both the offensive and defensive ends. Cal State Northridge scored ten straight points to take a 25-20 with 3:21 left before halftime. CSUN's defense also held the Pioneers to NO baskets in the final 8:54.
Cal State Northridge held a 27-24 lead at halftime. The Matadors held Denver to only .348 shooting in the first half, shot .476 and out rebounded the home team 14-8.
But in the second half, CSUN's defense disappeared. Denver shot .636 which helped the Pioneers enjoy its biggest lead of the game, nine points (48-39), with 5:54 remaining in the game.
Cal State Northridge cut Denver's lead to only three points, 61-58, with 33 ticks on the clock on a Michael Lizarraga layup. Denver upped its lead to five points, 63-58, on two free throws with 25 seconds left.
Back came CSUN. Two free throws by Dathan Lyles made the score, 63-60. A Denver free throw made it 64-60.
Back came CSUN when Raymond Cody sank a three-pointer to cut Denver's lead to one point, 64-63, with eight seconds remaining.
With seven seconds left, Denver hit a free throw to make it, 65-63. The Pioneers missed the second free throw, but retrieved the rebound. CSUN was forced to foul and Denver made one more free throw to make the score, 66-63, with three seconds left.
Cal State Northridge missed two free throws in the final two seconds, and could never get an opportunity to take a three-point shot to tie the game. Final Score - Denver 66, Cal State Northridge 63
Matador Memo ...
Lenny Daniel led CSUN scorers with 18 points and rebounders with eight ... Cody tallied a season-high 13 points while Dathan Lyles added ten points ... Michael Lizarraga tallied nine points, five rebounds and two blocks ... A total of 62 fouls were whistled in the game ... Three CSUN players fouled out (Lenny Daniel, Dathan Lyles, Allen Jiles IV) and three other Matador players had four fouls ... Cal State Northridge returns home on Tuesday, December 7, at 7:05 p.m. against Cal Lutheran.