CSUN Freshmen Lead Matadors to 70-50 Rout of UC Santa Barbara
CSUN Freshmen Lead Matadors to 70-50 Rout of UC Santa Barbara Box Score
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Freshman guard Jonathan Heard scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Matadors to a 70-50 victory over UC Santa Barbara Sunday in Wells Fargo Court at The Matadome. Heard had four dunks in the game to take over the team lead with 12 on the season. For the Matadors, the 20-point victory over UCSB was its largest margin of victory ever over the Gauchos.
Freshman forward Calvin Chitwood came off the bench to add career-highs with 15 points and 10 rebounds. It was his first double-double of his young career at Cal State Northridge (4-7, 2-1), which never trailed in the game.
Senior guard Davin White also added 13 points off the bench for CSUN while senior forward Ian Boylan tossed in a career-high 10 assists. The 10 assists were the first time a Matador has recorded a double-digit assist game since Markus Carr handed out 10 assists in CSUN's NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas on March 16, 2001.
Alex Harris led UC Santa Barbara (4-6, 2-1) with 13 points, the only Gaucho to reach double figures in scoring. Casey Cook, the team's leading scorer at 12 points per game, injured his ankle in the first half and did not return, leaving the game with just two rebounds. Glenn Turner added eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Gauchos.
Cook's injury could leave Santa Barbara with just eight healthy players. Cecil Brown and Chris Devine are already out with injuries.
The Matadors shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) in the first half to take a 37-18 lead into the locker room at the break. After Chrismen Oliver tied the game at 7-7 with 15:19 left in the opening period, the Matadors used a 17-3 run to break open the game and take a 24-10 lead. The Matadors never led by less than 16 points in the second half.
CSUN, which leads all NCAA Division I teams with 12.9 steals per game, got 16 off the Gauchos, including a career-high six from Heard. Boylan also had four steals, leading to 20 turnovers by UCSB.
Sophomore center Thomas Shewmake, who entered the game with back-to-back double-doubles, scored just three points, but hauled in 10 boards. Shewmake has grabbed 33 rebounds in his first three Big West games this season.
CSUN returns to action on Jan. 6, 2005 when they travel to UC Irvine (6-3, 1-1). Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m.