Josh Jenkins scores 18 to help Cal State Northridge down UC Riverside 73-61
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Josh Jenkins scored a career-high 18 points Saturday to help Big West Conference leader Cal State Northridge withstand a UC Riverside second-half rally and post a 73-61 victory.
Jenkins made three 3-point field goals as part of a decisive 19-5 run late in the second half for Northridge (17-6, 9-2 Big West). He also finished with seven assists and a career-best six steals.
Jonathan Heard and Calvin Chitwood scored 12 points apiece and Deon Tresvant added 10 points for the Matadors.
Larry Cunningham had 15 of his 22 points in a 21-2 run that pulled Riverside (5-17, 2-9) within 52-50 with 6:27 remaining. Northridge went scoreless for a span of 4:26 and didn’t have a field goal for 6:43.
Christian Soto and Aaron Scott scored 13 points apiece for the Highlanders.
Northridge built a 34-20 halftime lead, not allowing a Riverside point for a 9:40 span that extended into the second half. The Highlanders also failed to score a field goal for 11:39, by which time Northridge held a 38-22 lead.
Tremaine Townsend’s eight-foot bank with 17:33 to play was the 100,000th point in Northridge history. He finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.