Pacific (9-8) at Cal State Northridge (9-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 10:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Matadome (1,600) -- Northridge, California.
Television: None. Home Record: Pacific 6-2, CSUN 4-3. Away Record: Pacific
1-5, CSUN 2-6. Neutral Record: Pacific 2-1, CSUN 3-0. Conference Record:
Pacific 3-2, CSUN 0-6. Series Record: Pacific leads, 22-6.
GAME NOTES: The only team in Big West Conference still without a league
victory gives it another shot on Saturday night, as the Matadors of Cal State
Northridge take the floor against the Pacific Tigers at The Matadome.
CSUN, which hasn't won since surprising Utah on the road back on Dec. 21, has
fallen in six straight outings, all of them against conference foes. On
Thursday night the Matadors almost got over the hump versus UC Davis at home,
but still suffered a 74-71 setback.
While CSUN is sitting all alone at the bottom of the league standings at 0-6,
the Tigers are tied with a pair of squads for fourth place at 3-2. Pacific had
won three straight games coming into this week, but two nights ago the squad
was held to just 52 points by the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors out in Honolulu in
what turned into an eight-point loss.
Pacific, which has won eight of the last 10 meetings with the Matadors, leads
the all-time series by a count of 22-6.
Sama Taku posted a team-best 15 points for the Tigers on Thursday night, but
he shot only 1-of-6 beyond the arc, the team converting just 3-of-27 on the
perimeter in the loss to Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center. Tony Gill came off
the bench to offer up 12 points, while Khalil Kelley pulled down 10 rebounds
in 16 minutes of action in the loss as well. Because the Tigers struggled
behind the 3-point line, the team shot only 30.9 percent from the floor
overall. The Tigers are the epitome of team play as Lorenzo McCloud stands as
the lone double-digit scorer with his 11.2 ppg, yet the squad is still
generating 68.4 ppg as they spread the wealth. Over five conference games, it
is Taku who leads the way with 11.0 ppg as the group puts up 69.2 ppg and
holds the competition to 61.6 ppg.
Considering the Matadors are the youngest team in college basketball, the fact
that they came within three points of almost grabbing their first league win
the other night is an encouraging sign. Stephen Maxwell tried to keep hope
alive as he registered a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while
adding four steals, but it just wasn't quite enough. Josh Greene dropped in 14
points, shooting 4-of-7 from 3-point range, while Allen Guei chipped in
another 10 points as the team shot only 38.5 percent from the field, in
addition to forcing 23 turnovers. Maxwell, who is shooting 55.6 percent from
the floor on the season, leads the group on the glass with almost eight boards
per game and is second in scoring with 13.6 ppg, trailing only Stephan Hicks
with his 17.3 ppg. In addition to his 13.0 ppg, Greene is the one who has the
most assists with 67, but that's still not good enough to gloss over his mere
35.6 percent shooting.
At some point the Matadors are going to put all the pieces together against a
conference foe and considering how well the offense is operating at the
moment, that time could be now in front of the hometown crowd.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Northridge 77, Pacific 74
01/19 10:39:30 ET
Powered by The Sports Network.