NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Junior forward Tremaine Townsend played 20 minutes off the bench, and clearly dominated play in grabbing 16 rebounds and scoring 15 points to help lead the Cal State Northridge menšs basketball team to a 79-55 victory over The Masteršs College in the final of two exhibition games for the Matadors on Tuesday night at the The Matadome.
Townsend, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, didnšt enter the game until 6:43 in the first half, but he immediately went to work on the boards and scoring around the basket. Playing the remaining minutes of the first half, Townsend tallied seven points on 3-for-4 shooting and dominated the boards with five rebounds, and chipped in with an assist.
In the second half, Townsend played another 13 minutes and added eight more points, eleven more rebounds, and finished the night with three assists and one block. Townsend hit 7-of-11 shots.
"We knew that Tremaine had that kind of ability," said head coach Bobby Braswell. "Tremaine certainly gave us a big lift."
Senior all-conference candidate Jonathan Heard scored 21 points to lead both teams in scoring, including 3-of-4 from three-point territory and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Heard, who played 27 minutes, added to his all-around game with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Junior guard Rob Haynes tallied 15 points, including an excellent 4-for-6 shooting effort from behind the arc. Jayme Miller added ten points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes of play.
"We achieved several of our goals tonight," said Braswell. "We held the Mustangs to under 40 percent shooting, outrebounded our opponent, and collected 30-plus deflections."
Cal State Northridge held The Masteršs College to 35 percent shooting (20-for-57), and outrebounded the visitors, 44-33. The Matador defense also forced the Mustangs into 25 turnovers.
In addition to the 24-point win over The Masteršs College, Cal State Northridge, last week, scored a 90-54 victory over Cal State Los Angeles in the other exhibition game.
Braswell was pleased with his teamšs play during the two exhibition games, but there is always a need for improvement.
"Overall, during the two pre-season games, I would give us a B-minus," said Braswell. "We are not where we want to be, but we are getting there."
The 50th season of Cal State Northridge menšs basketball begins on Saturday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m. against Chicago State at The Matadome.