Junior Darin Johnson put up a career-high for the CSUN men’s basketball team as their three-game win streak was snapped against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 72-76 Saturday at the Matadome.
Johnson scored 27 points along with four rebounds and went 9-11 at the charity stripe in a hard fought match that saw numerous streaks and lead changes.
Junior Tavrion Dawson continued his double-digit streak to eight games now when he scored 14 points, but saw his own double-double streak come to a halt at three games when he came one rebound short.
The Matadors constantly put themselves in position to win, including putting together a 13-1 run in the second half that put them up 52-47.
CSUN saw firsthand that even though free throws are “free,” they do come with price. Allowing the Warriors to go 18-22 from the line and a detrimental 8-8 in the last 33 seconds.
Every time the Matadors tried to pull away, Hawaii senior Noah Allen, would put one more of his game-high 34 points up to seal the victory. The Warriors had the Matadors number, making this their sixth straight win in their highly competitive head-to-head match ups.
CSUN’s hard fought win was not for loss, however, as senior guard Aaron Parks’ five points put him 18th on the Matadors all-time scoring list with 1,007 points.
Parks will look to move into 17th, currently held by Todd Bowser (1986-1991), during next Saturday’s match against the UCSB Gauchos at 7:30 p.m.