Men’s basketball lose to New Mexico, fall to 0-2 at the Wooden Legacy Tournament


CSUN men’s basketball head coach Reggie Theus has had to reconfigure his roster due to violations and investigations over the past year. (File Photo/Juan Pardo/The Sundial)

Taylor Clayton

Junior guard Darin Johnson had a career-high of 22 points to go along with six rebounds, but it was not enough as CSUN (2-4) fell to New Mexico (4-1) 105-89 at Cal State Fullerton today.

The loss puts the Matadors into the seventh-place game at the Wooden Legacy tournament as they will await the loser of the Dayton and Portland game.

A lack of defensive effort has plagued the Matadors early in the season as they rank 340th out of 347 NCAA division one teams in opponent’s points per game, coming into the game allowing 89.4.

New Mexico broke a Wooden Legacy tournament record with their 105 points scored in the game, their first 100-point game in three years.

CSUN, down by double digits in the first half, fought back to bring the game within two at 77-75 with 7:52 left to go in the game, but could not get enough stops to hang with the Lobos.

Senior guard Aaron Parks had 20 points, sophomore forward Rakim Lubin had 16 points and nine rebounds, but added seven turnovers that attributed to CSUN’s 21 as a team. The Lobos were able to capitalize off of the Matador’s mistakes as they scored 26 points off turnovers.

The seventh-place game will take place Nov. 27 at Titan Gym in Fullerton, Calif.