Santa Clara Downs Cal State Northridge, 99-79
Dec. 22, 2010
Northridge, Calif. - Santa Clara collected six players in double figures to hand Cal State Northridge a 99-79 defeat in a non-league men's basketball game on Wednesday night at The Matadome.
SCU's Kevin Foster, who did not attempt a shot in the first half, turned his offense into high gear with 22 second-half points. Foster hit 9-of-12 shots including two 3-pointers in the final 20 minutes.
Kevin Roquemore added 16 points to raise Santa Clara's overall record to 7-6. Cal State Northridge fell to 3-8.
Santa Clara led, 39-36, at halftime, but exploded for 60 points after the intermission. The Broncos shot 68 percent in the final 20 minutes compared to 42 percent in the first half.
The Broncos also won the rebound battle, 40-23.
One bright note for Cal State Northridge. The Matadors hit 24-of-27 free throws for 89 percent.
CSUN opens Big West Conference play on Dec. 28 against Pacific at The Matadome. Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m.
Quotes from Matador head coach Bobby Braswell ...
"We played 20 minutes of pretty good basketball and 20 minutes of not so good basketball. We're either a team that holds them (Santa Clara) to only 42 percent (first half) or we give up 67 percent shooting in the second half. We have to find a way to be a lot tougher physically and mentally."
"Santa Clara is a very physical team. They are a lot tougher than we are. Give Santa Clara a lot of credit. They have a couple guys who can hurt you when they get scoring. They played great basketball on the offensive end and they took it to us. Kevin Foster (22 points for SCU) just went crazy on us (in the second half). We knew he was capable of that. I told the team (at halftime) you can expect him to come out and start shooting the ball. We had some defensive breakdowns. Foster had too many catches and he got on a roll."
"We need to figure out how to play 40 minutes of good basketball together. The issue we have is when we get down some of us disengage. We have to learn how to fight back. At one point of the game, we were down one point, and in a matter of a short time, we were down by ten points. If we had been the first half team for the entire 40 minutes, it would have been a different game. It's a matter of learning how to win."
"We still have a lot of basketball to be played. The conference is starting so this the most important part of the season. We have played a lot of games on the road but we open the conference season with a couple home games to hopefully get things turned around."