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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mott Athletics Center (3,032) -- San Luis Obispo, California. Television: None. Home Record: CSUN 4-4, Cal Poly 6-1. Away Record: CSUN 3-6, Cal Poly 2-8. Neutral Record: CSUN 3-0, Cal Poly 0-0. Conference Record: CSUN 1-7, Cal Poly 4-3. Series Record: Cal State Northridge leads, 46-43.
GAME NOTES: The Cal Poly Mustangs aim for their sixth consecutive victory at Mott Gym as the Cal State Northridge Matadors come to town for a Big West Conference bout.
Including last season's 100-54 home rout against the Matadors in which Cal Poly sank its first 11 3-point attempts to match a 25-year-old NCAA record, the Mustangs have won three games in a row against Northridge at the Mott Athletics Center. The Matadors however, have won the past five matchups in Northridge and lead the all-time series, 46-43.
Stephen Maxwell registered a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds to push the Matadors to a 75-69 victory over UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Thursday to give them their first Big West win of the season and snap a seven-game losing streak. Northridge improved to 10-10 overall with the victory. In addition to Maxwell's hefty contribution, Stephan Hicks added 24 points on 7- of-9 shooting from the floor and posted four steals. Northridge held a 41-31 edge in the rebounding battle which helped it overcome a 9-of-18 performance at the charity stripe.
Hicks is leading Northridge in scoring (17.4) and steals (2.1) while Maxwell chips in 14.8 points and 8.3 boards per tilt. Josh Greene nets 12.6 points and 3.9 assists per contest to round out a very formidable trio that has helped the Matadors to the second best scoring offense (77.2) and top steals average (9.7) in the Big West.
Cal Poly had lost three in a row before completing an 88-59 rout of Hawaii on Thursday to stop the bleeding. The Mustangs are still one game below the .500 mark overall despite their 4-3 Big West record. Chris Eversley scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead the team past the Warriors. Also chipping in, Brian Bennett added 17 points and nine rebounds while Morgan Reese hit 4- of-8 from behind the arc en route to 16 points. Drake U'u chipped in 14 points and a game-high eight assists for Cal Poly, which outrebounded Hawaii, 38-21.
Eversley is having an excellent junior campaign that has yielded team-leading averages of 15.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. The 6-foot-7 forward from Chicago has scored in double figures for Cal Poly in four of his last five games. Dylan Royer and Bennett provide 10 ppg apiece, but the Mustangs are one of the lowest scoring squads in the league at 67.4 ppg. Defensively, they are third in the Big West with an allowed average of 66.4 ppg.
Although Northridge is clearly a more talented team on the offensive end, it lacks defensive discipline which should help the Mustangs exceed their usually low-scoring average for a second-straight outing. Cal Poly has a reliable go- to-guy in Eversley, who will make the difference in this one if he stays locked in.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal Poly 76, Cal State Northridge 70
01/26 10:40:07 ET
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