Northridge, Calif. - Playing in their third game in three days, the Golden Eagles travelled to Cal State Northridge (NCAA Division I) this afternoon. La Sierra hung around for most of the game until the Matadors put together a run midway through the second half, to pull out a 97-79 victory.
After two tough losses, to Concordia (CA) and Vanguard, on Friday and Saturday, the Golden Eagles had the tough task of playing their third straight game, not to mention against an NCAA Division I opponent. But the Golden Eagles embraced the challenge and gave the Matadors fits all afternoon.
In the first half, La Sierra answered every attempt by the Matadors to pull away. Northridge held a 13-5 lead just four minutes into the contest, which proved to be their largest lead of the first half. For the remainder of the half, the Matadors maintained a lead, but never more than six points, as the Golden Eagles hung around and kept the Matadors within reach. After Kourtney Maxim cut the lead to 39-37 on two made free throws, with 2:29 remaining in the half, Northridge scored the final four points, taking a 44-38 lead into the half.
The second half proved to be much like the first half, with the Matadors unable to shake a determined La Sierra squad. Wolfgang Wood brought the Golden Eagles to within three, 53-56, at the 13:06 mark of the second half. But that would be as close as the Golden Eagles would be for the remainder of the game, as Northridge was finally able to put some space in between them and the Golden Eagles with a 10-0 run over the next two and half minutes.
Cal State Northridge would go on to extend their lead to as many as 19 points in the final minutes of the game, before going on to defeat La Sierra.
Despite the loss it was an impressive performance by the Golden Eagles, who stood toe-to-toe with a Division I opponent, gaining experience that they hope will become useful during the remainder of the season. The team also has two more game versus NCAA Division I opponents (Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University).
Wolfgang Wood had an exceptional day, leading all scorers with 31 points on 10-of 14 shooting, while collecting four rebounds, two steals and two assists. Wood connected on two of his three 3-point attempts and was 9-of-11 from the free throw line.
Daveon Woods added 22 points, six rebounds, two steals, and one assist. Ian Mozeleski tallied 11 point on the afternoon.
With the loss, the Golden Eagles fall to 2-8 on the season. They will enjoy a day off tomorrow, before jumping back into action on Tuesday when they travel to Biola University for another non-conference game. The Eagles defeated La Sierra 74-61 last Tuesday.