Cal State Northridge Stuns Utah 76-71
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Landon Drew scored 14 of his career-high 19 points in the second half to help Cal State Northridge rally from 19 points down and stun Utah, 76-71, on Friday night.
Stephan Hicks had 19 points and nine rebounds as the Matadors (8-3) scored 19 points off Utah’s 15 turnovers and held the Utes (7-3) to 22 percent shooting in the second half.
Josh Greene added 13 points, including two technical free throws to clinch the game with 5.7 seconds remaining.
The Utes, who were led by Jordan Loveridge’s 24 points, had a chance to tie the game, but Jarred DuBois stumbled on the ground after collecting a loose ball and instinctively called a timeout. The Utes had already used their allotment.
DuBois had 17 points and seven assists for the Utes, who saw their five-game home winning streak snapped.
The game marked the Matadors’ first win against a Pac-12 opponent since an 81-76 overtime victory over USC on Nov. 20, 2005. Cal State Northridge is now 5-48 against schools in the Pac-12 conference.
In the second half, Utah led by as many as 19 points when Washburn made a layup and Loveridge hit one of two free throws on the next possession.
But Hicks answered with a 3-pointer and Drew, a reserve freshman, converted a three-point play to spark the Matadors.
Washburn muscled in a shot and made a free throw for a 57-41 lead before the Utes went cold.
Drew started a 22-2 run with a jumper and Hicks capped the stretch with a layup and the Matadors were up, 63-59. The Utes went more than nine minutes without a field goal, missing 13 straight shots and committing six turnovers.
On one possession alone, the Utes were unable to convert on five attempts. Meanwhile, the Matadors shot 66 percent in the second half.
Loveridge finally broke the drought with a 3-pointer, but Drew continued making contested shots, including a circus shot in the lane while being fouled. The ensuing free throw widened the gap to 72-66 with 55.7 remaining.
Glen Dean hit a 3-pointer and the Utes had one last chance after DuBios made a reverse layup and Hicks missed a one-and-one. But the possession was jumbled and the Utes called the timeout they did not have.
The Matadors outscored Utah 49-23 in the second half and scored 19 points on Utah’s 15 turnovers to overcome a 38-27 rebounding deficit.