Riverside, CA (Sports Network) - Stephen Maxwell scored a game-high 17 points as the Cal State Northridge Matadors captured a 69-53 win over the UC Riverside Highlanders in Big West Conference action at the Student Recreation Center.
Also scoring in double figures for the Matadors (12-11, 3-8 Big West), winners of two straight and three of the last four, were Brandon Perry and Josh Greene with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Tre Hale-Edmerson contributed a team-best 10 rebounds.
The Highlanders (5-17, 2-8), losers of four in a row and seven of eight, were led by Chris Harriel with 16 points, followed by Chris Patton with 11, but he was also guilty of six turnovers in the setback.
UCR led by as many as five points in the first half, but the team shot only 30.8 percent from the floor in the period, allowing the visitors to move out to a 28-21 edge at the break.
In the second half CSUN pulled away with an impressive 60.0 percent from the field, en route to the 16-point win.
The Matadors shot only 4-of-16 beyond the arc on the night, but forced 13 turnovers and held a 36-27 advantage on the glass.