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Matadors dismantle Titans for first roadie, conference win

Alonso Tacanga

December 29, 2008

Alonso Tacanga Sports Editor Fullerton -- It was mid October and the Matadors had just walked into a room smiling, ready to have some fun in the confinement of a backroom inside Matador Hall at CSUN. It was photo day. Grins as white as their brand-new home uniforms, and jokes (not nearly as white) were tossed around among the newly-as...

Game over: Matadors 90 Titans 64

Alonso Tacanga

December 29, 2008

Well. I don't think anyone expected a blowout as the Matadors' first road win of the season. But you know what they say: Eight time is the charm. CSUN is now 1-7 away from The Matadome. More importantly, with their 90-64 win, they're 1-0 in the Big West Conference. Full recap to come shortly.

Winding down

Alonso Tacanga

December 29, 2008

Not even Josh Akognon, the nation's third best scorer in games played through Dec. 21 (averaging 25.5 ppg.), has been able to get it going tonight. Minutes ago he was 3-of-11 from the field for eight points. The Titans trail 85-61 and Willie Galick just threw down a dunk that even made the CSUN radio...

Great band

Alonso Tacanga

December 29, 2008

Fullerton's got the spirit, the cheerleaders and the band. Definitely some tunes I'd like in my ipod being played tonight by the Titan band. I'm going deaf, but in delight. Imagine if their team was winning, or at least IN the game. CSUN up 75-53 with 7:45 to go.

Deon Tresvant…

Alonso Tacanga

December 29, 2008

Tresvant has given the Matadors a 59-42 lead with back-to-back three-pointers, even quieting these riled-up Fullerton fans. (Jenkins' three makes it 62-42). A small group of CSUN fans have made their way to Fullerton. They were yelling "we can't hear you," to their counterparts across the floor. Yeah,...

Where is the home court advantage?

Alonso Tacanga

December 29, 2008

Even the refs aren't helping the Titans. There was a ball up for grabs and Willie Galick and a Fullerton player went up for it. Galick ended on his tail and the official called a foul on the Titan. Not to say it wasn't a foul, but those calls usually go "uncalled" or to the home team. But hey here...

How in the world are the Matadors blowing out Fullerton?

Alonso Tacanga

December 29, 2008

Well, CSUN got off to a 10-0 lead to start the game. The Titans came roaring back and got within 13-12, but CSUN used a 17-2 run of its own to get ahead comfortably. Fullerton hasn't threatened much since. Thirty percent shooting from the field will do that to a team. The Matadors, in contrast, are...

Legends night at Fullerton

Alonso Tacanga

December 29, 2008

Ok so they're not so legendary right now, but the TItans also have brought out some former players. Scott Cuttley, whom last year led CSUF to the NCAA Tournament, is in attendance. Jonathan Heard tapped him in the shoulder when he first arrived at the gym. I talked to Jayme Miller and the former Matador...

No problems in Fullerton at halftime

Alonso Tacanga

December 29, 2008

The Titans seem to have no business being on the court tonight. CSUN leads 40-24 at halftime and the home team doesn't even have any momentum going into the locker room. Their fans are spirited despite their misfiring. This gym isn't that much bigger than the Matadome, but the home court advantage can...

Matadors lead big in Fullerton

Alonso Tacanga

December 29, 2008

CSUN seems to be in total control of the actions and leads 35-20 with 3:58 to go in the first half. Former Matadors Jayme Miller, who now plays in Holland, and Jonathan Heard (now a pro in Finland) just sat down next to me. Pretty good crowd at Titan Gym for the campus being closed and all.

Matadors get blown out on the road

Alonso Tacanga

December 23, 2008

The non-conference season is over and the Matadors (3-7) have unanswered questions and unexpected struggles to show for the 10-game, two-month span. San Diego State had little difficulty pushing them aside 72-56 Monday night and CSUN finds itself at the doorstep of the Big West Conference without having...

Recap: Matadors blast Waves for second consecutive win

Alonso Tacanga

December 18, 2008

Alonso Tacanga Sports Editor It was less than two minutes into a game the Matadors had to wait more than a week to play when Josh Jenkins lost control of the ball and marked his first turnover of the game Thursday against Pepperdine. And it’s going to be at least four more days for him to have another one, because that’s when CSUN...

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