Cal State Northridge beats Long Beach State 82-78 in Big West

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP)—Tremaine Townsend led Cal State Northridge with 18 points and 14 rebounds to guide the Matadors to a 82-78 win over Long Beach State Wednesday in a Big West Conference game

The win for Northridge (18-6, 10-2) keeps them in sole possession of first place in the Big West.

The Matadors lost key senior forward Calvin Chitwood seven minutes into the first half with a sprained right ankle. The extent of the injury is unknown.

Northridge had a comfortable lead most of the second half. The Matadors’ lead peaked at 66-51 with 8:57 to play.

Long Beach State, however, chipped away at the Matador margin and trailed only 68-61 after 49er Greg Plater hit a three-pointer with 5:42 to play.

Late in the second half Northridge got into serious foul trouble just as Long Beach State pulled to within 72-70 with 2:47 to play.

Donovan Morris led the 49ers in scoring with 23 points.

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 Top Performers
 CSU Northridge
Tremaine Townsend Tremaine Townsend
6-12,  18 Pts
14 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Long Beach St.
Donovan Morris Donovan Morris
5-13,  23 Pts
5 Rebs, 4 Assists

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