It’s a battle between the Big West and the Mountain West on the college hardwood down the Land of Enchantment. The CSU Northridge Matadors are on the road as they make the trip to face the New Mexico Lobos Saturday night. CSU Northridge was drubbed 87-67 on the road by Oregon State in their season opener Tuesday night. New Mexico rolled to a 92-71 triumph over Division II Eastern New Mexico at home Tuesday night in their season opener. The Lobos own a 4-0 edge in the all-time series between the teams, including an 87-84 road win in the most recent matchup on November 6, 2018.
CSU Northridge Matadors Look to Even RecordCSU Northridge opened their season with a one-sided defeat as they were clobbered by Oregon State in their season opener. The Matadors now have to go on the road in an effort to try and even their record on the season. CSU Northridge was tied at 14 six and a half minutes into the game before giving up an 11-0 run to leave them in a hole. The Matadors never recovered: they trailed by 14 at the half and couldn’t get closer than six midway through the second half. CSU Northridge, after getting to within six, gave up a 17-2 run over the next five and a half minutes to put the game firmly out of reach.
The Matadors shot 38.3 percent from the field, including eight of 26 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 45-35 in the game. Terrell Gomez led CSU Northridge with 19 points in the loss. Elijah Harkless contributed 15 points while Darius Brown II finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the loss. CSU Northridge turned the ball over 15 times in the game and committed 24 personal fouls, which sent Oregon State to the line 31 times in the game. The Matadors turned the ball over 15 times in the loss.
New Mexico Lobos Seek to Roll to 2-0 StartNew Mexico had little problem with Division II Eastern New Mexico to open their season on a positive note. The Lobos hope to take a step forward this season and that starts with beating teams that they should defeat, especially at home. New Mexico led by one midway through the opening half before outscoring Eastern New Mexico 28-18 the rest of the way to take an 11-point lead at intermission. The Lobos saw their lead trimmed to nine in the opening minute of the second half before ripping off a 16-2 run to put the game away. New Mexico led by as many as 28 points in the second half en route to the victory.
The Lobos shot a sizzling 60 percent from the field, including seven of 20 from three-point range, and knocked down 19 of 26 free throw attempts. New Mexico held the Greyhounds to 37.3 percent shooting in the game and forced 22 turnovers to shake off 21 of their own. Makuach Maluach led five Lobos in double figures with 16 points in the win. Carlton Bragg Jr. finished with 13 points, six rebounds plus two blocks, Corey Manigault added 13 points, Zane Martin had 13 points plus six boards and Keith McGee chipped in 12 in the game. JaQuan Lyle contributed nine points and 11 assists in the victory.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Matadors are 21-43-3 ATS in their last 67 non-conference games
- Matadors are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Mountain West teams
- Lobos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- Lobos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record