CSUN misses its shot
But the basket was taken away when referee Bill Vinovich ruled Haynes was fouled before the shot, so the 3-pointer was nullified and Haynes was granted just twofree throws. So instead of celebrating, Northridge was left to deal with its fifth loss over the pastsixgames, and this one might have the low point in a roller-coaster season. The Matadors are 0-10after falling behind by 10or more. Cal State Northridge still hasn’t come back from a 10-point deficit this basketball season, but the Matadors sure gave it their best shot Saturday in a heartbreaking 75-73 BigWest loss to Cal State Fullerton in front of a crowd of 1,267 at the Matadome. Northridge (11-13, 4-7) used a 14-0 run to help cut into a 16-point second-half deficit, and appeared primed for an upset victory when, down by three with one second remaining, Rob Haynes made a 3-pointer – and was fouled. “I didn’t think I got fouled at all, so I was definitely excited,” Haynes said. “I’m a little angry but I just can’t explain how I feel. As long as we win, I’m happy, but when we don’t win, I’m angry.” To add insult, Haynes’ shot – or non-shot – happened right in front of Northridge’s bench. Coach Bobby Braswell was about four feet away. “The play was drawn up for Rob to knock down a 3-pointer, and we got what we wanted,” Braswell said. “I thought it was going to be a four-point play, and when the ref called it a foul before the shot, it caught me a little off guard. I’m baffled. I need to see the tape.” CSUN’s Thomas Shoemake scored a career-high 24 points with 15 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. It was the kind of breakout performance for the 6-foot-10 center that Northridge has been waiting for. “We’ve lost a lot of close games. We need to find that edge,” Shoemake said. “We need to get over the hump and break through that wall.” Fullerton’s Bobby Brown (22points, seven assists) made 4of 4 free throws over the final 27 seconds. Northridge outshot Fullerton (18-5, 8-3) 46.3 percent to 37.9percent and held a 50-33rebounding edge. But the Matadors finished 0 for 6 on 3-pointers and managed just 11of 19 free throws. [email protected] (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!