Feb. 28, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. -
Jonathan Heard scored 19 points to lead five Matadors in double figures Thursday night as Cal State Northridge outshot Cal State Fullerton, 82-74, in a Big West Conference men's baskeball showdown.
The win improved CSUN's record to 19-7 and 11-2 in the Big West to open a game and a half lead over the second-place Titans, who saw a 4-game winning streak and ended and fell to 18-8 and 10-4. Ray Reed had a season-high 18 points to lead Fullerton, which made only 3 of 22 3-point field goals.
Northridge, which made 10 of 19 from behind the arc, had lost its last eight meetings with Fullerton.
Tremaine Townsend had 14 rebounds for the Matadors, who outrebounded Fullerton, 48-36. Rob Haynes and Deon Tresvant each added 12 points and Heard had 10 rebounds.
Frank Robinson (4-for-13) had 17 points for the Titans and Josh Akognon (4-for-14) had 12 but they made only 8 of 27 shots between them.
Despite his shooting woes, Akognon entered the CSF record book twice. His second 3-pointer of the game gave him 90 for the season, breaking Don Leary's record of 89 in 1992-93. His second free throw of the night was his 37th in a row to tie Kevin Henderson's school mark set in 1985-86. Akognon missed his third try to snap the streak in the opening minute of the second half.
Neither team led by more than 8 points in the entire game. Fullerton led 24-18 midway through the first half but CSUN came back to take a 36-30 halftime advantage. Fullerton came back to lead only briefly at 52-50 and then 58-57 with 9:13 to play on a Robinson layup. But Haynes hit a 3-pointer and the Matadors led the rest of the way.
Fullerton concludes its home season Saturday night vs. Long Beach State while CSUN visits UC Irvine.