On Thursday I went to the mens basketball game down in Irvine to see Cal State Northridge take on UC Irvine. It was my first time traveling to the Bren Center at UCI, and it was a really nice gym with a fun atmosphere. The fans there were very involved with the game, which made the game that much more exciting. CSUN and UCI stayed pretty even throughout the game, and CSUN led going into halftime. The second half proved to be even more exciting than the first. Darren Moore for UCI was shooting everything from three-point shots to tricky layups, while Rashaun McLemore was doing his share of scoring on the CSUN side. There were a lot of players that were contributing to the overall progression of both sides.
The game was getting pretty close with just under 2 minutes, when UCI’s Darren Moore scored a layup which resulted them trailing by only 1 point. While more time came off the clock, there was a play where Darren was headed for the basket for a layup, but he was fouled pretty hard by Raymond Cody and was knocked out of bounds. The ball was awarded to UCI, and when they threw the ball in bounds, it slipped through the hands of the hands of Patrick Rembert and into the hands of CSUN’s Dathan Lyles. After throwing the ball back and forth to waste time on the clock, Vinnie McGhee passed the ball to Rashaun McLemore, who had some heavy defense preventing him from an easy shot. With the shot clock running down rapidly, he had no other choice than to go for the 3-point shot. To CSUN’s relief, his basket went in right as time was expiring. This 3-point buzzer-beater changed the momentum of the game. With 7.8 seconds remaining, UCI brought the ball in and Eric Wise took his attempt at a 3-point shot, which went in, making the crowd go crazy with excitement. CSUN was up by only 2 points, so UCI had to foul right away. Dathan Lyles from CSUN was fouled hard immediately, which sent him to the free throw line for two shots. He made both shots, then UCI attempted one last time to hit a buzzer shot, but was unsuccessful.
CSUN defeated UCI 66-62, which moved CSUN up to 3rd place in the Big West Conference standings. CSUN will face the number two team, UC Santa Barbra on Saturday at the Thunderdome. I will have footage and a blog coming after that game as well so stay tuned!
Below are the videos I took and edited at the UCI vs CSUN game. There is a short version, along with an extended version. Please leave some comments and feedback as well! Thanks