The Portland State Vikings host the Cal State Northridge Matadors Friday in college basketball action. Both of these teams are struggling. The Vikings are 3-5 on the year while the Matadors are 2-7. These two programs haven't played each other since 2015 when the CSU Northridge won 77-71. Portland State is a 6 point favorite. Tipoff is Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET at Stott Center in Portland, Oregon.
Gomez leads CSU NorthridgeAfter losing their first seven games of the season, CSU Northridge has won their last two. They defeated Fresno State on Saturday 73-72 and then followed that up with a 71-64 win over Portland on Wednesday. In the win over Fresno State, Terrell Gomez was a beast, scoring 31 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He drained 7 of 14 from three-point range. Also, Darius Brown and Lance Coleman added 14 points each. Northridge shot 42 percent from three, draining 12 of 28 from deep.
Terrell Gomez nabbed his third career Big West Player of the Week award, @BigWestHoops announced on Monday. Gomez put together consecutive 30-point performances in helping CSUN Men's Basketball go 1-1 last week. pic.twitter.com/L0CrqiT064— CSUN Men’s Basketball (@CSUNMBB) December 2, 2019
In their win over Portland, Gomez was great again, scoring 28 points with 4 three pointers. Brandon Harrick tossed in 15 points while Elijah Harkless had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Gomez is 7th in the country in 3-point field goals made and 15th in scoring with 22.1 points per game.
"The biggest thing we wanted to do was keep them off the 3-point line, I look down and see they went 5-for-25 and one of those the ball almost hit the ceiling late in the game from a deep corner three. Our guys did a good job with that and I thought we got a lot of great minutes out of a lot of different guys. Obviously, Terrell made some huge shots. Elijah gave us great minutes again. Ron rebounded really well, Jared did some nice things and Brendan Harrick made some big shots. Good win for us - we've been on the road a lot this year and it's nice to come out here with a road win," Northridge coach Mark Gottfried said, reported the Matadors web site.
Portland State drops second straightThe Portland State Vikings have dropped their last two games to fall to 3-5. On Sunday they lost at Oregon State 81-76. In the loss to OSU, Holland Woods led the Vikings with 23 points but he was outdueled by Oregon State star Tres Tinkle, who had 26 points. "I give our guys a lot of credit. They battled, they scratched, they clawed to the very end. They had some opportunities to win the game. Oregon State answered when it needed to," said Viking CoachBarret Peery, reported the Vikings web site. "We had to adjust with our lineups, with foul trouble and injuries. I think we handled a tough situation very well."
Holland Woods leads the Vikings with 19.5 points per game and 4.8 assists per game. Matt Hauser is next averaging 16.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Also, Rashaad Goolsby, averages 7.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Portland State is ranked second in the nation in offensive rebounds per game with an average of 16 per game.
- Matadors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
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