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Cal State Northridge rallies from 21-point deficit to beat Utah

Published December 21, 2012 10:44 pm

College basketball • Freshman Loveridge leads Utes with 24 points.
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Stephan Hicks and Landon Drew scored 19 points each and Cal State Northridge rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit to defeat the University of Utah on Friday night, 76-71.

Freshman Jordan Loveridge scored 24 points to lead Utah, which crumbled in the second half and dropped to 7-4 this season.

Loveridge scored 16 points in the first half, when Utah surged to a 48-27 lead.

Searching for their fourth win in five games, the Utes traded baskets with Northridge in the opening minutes before Aaron Dotson hit two free throws to snap a 7-7 tie.

Backup center Jason Washburn followed with eight points in a span of 2:07. He sparked an 11-2 run by the Utes, who built a 20-9 lead with 13:40 remaining.

Despite converting only one of its next nine possessions, Utah maintained a 23-16 advantage over the smaller Matadors.

The Utes were nursing a 31-22 lead when Loveridge took over.

Showing his versatility, he scored three times from close range, hit a 17-footer and buried a 3-point shot.

Loveridge scored 11 straight points for the Utes, who closed the half on a 25-11 run while building their 21-point cushion.

But the Matadors didn't go away.

Hicks' 3-pointer with 15:25 left in the game closed the gap to 54-38.

After Josh Greene converted a three-point play on Northridge's next possession, Utah's lead was down to 54-41.

Washburn temporarily stopped the Matadors' momentum with a three-point play, but Drew's dunk capped a 9-0 run that made it 57-50 with 10:30 remaining.

Again, Utah seemed back on track when Loveridge made two free throws.

Northridge, however, quickly followed with 12 straight points and took its first lead with 5:12 to play when Green nailed a long-distance 3-pointer.

The Matadors extended their lead to 63-59 and won the game by converting 11 of their final 14 possession into points.






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