As I wrote about in one of my previous blog’s about when Cal State Northridge traveled to the Thunderdome to play UC Santa Barbara, it was one of the most memorable games I’ve seen CSUN play this season. With UCSB wanting to get their revenge with this game, and CSUN having home court advantage, it was bound to be another exciting game to watch. I wasn’t the only one that thought this game would be great – It was a sold out crowd with standing room only to watch these two teams play. This was also Senior Night for Northridge. The 5 Seniors were Lenny Daniel, Michael Lizarraga, Raymond Cody, Dathan Lyles and Rashaun McLemore. The game started off with UCSB having a strong start. Their offense was starting to look to be unmatched with CSUN’s defense, and it looked early on that the momentum was being carried along with the Gauchos. After some back to back to back threes from UCSB, their lead continued to cause an even bigger dent. By the time halftime came, the Gauchos had a 9 point lead against the Matadors. The fans were anxious to see the second half. After what had happened at CSUN’s last home game against Long Beach, people knew that CSUN had to come out with this win.
The second half would prove to be much more exciting than the first. Lenny Daniel continued to go to the free throw line, and ended up breaking the school record for the most free throw attempts in a single season. He had 233 attempts – a record that had not been broken by a CSUN player since the 1964-1965 season. CSUN began to take a steady lead, with great performances by many of the guys – including 9 rebounds and 2 steals from freshman Thomas Jacobs. With two three point shots from Vinnie McGee and Rashaun McLemore, they had taken the momentum and the lead over UCSB with a score of 62-56. UCSB was not ready to give up the game so soon, and they drew fouls and began to make plays happen. With less than 45 seconds on the clock, UCSB had closed the gap to only a 2 point lead for CSUN. UCSB had turn overs that forced them to have to foul Dathan Lyles who hit 3 clutch free throws to bring their lead to 5 points. When UCSB went to make a play happen, they ended up having to foul Lenny Daniels who took his final two free throws of the game. The final score was Cal State Northridge 68, UC Santa Barbara 60. The next CSUN game will be on Thursday, 3/3/11 at UC Davis, while UCSB will continue their 2 game road trip on Saturday 2/26/11 against their biggest rivals of the season, Long Beach State.
Another great milestone about this victory was it was CSUN’s 700th win. After the game, the Senior Night ceremony took place. The 5 graduating seniors were applauded by family, friends, and fans who had supported them throughout their basketball career. A separate post will be made about Senior Night on my blog, including footage of the ceremony and photos. Below are Short and Extended highlights from the game, along with a post game interview of some of the CSUN Seniors.
UCSB at CSUN Short Highlights
UCSB at CSUN Extended Highlights
Post Game Interview