Men's Basketball Falls In Semifinals Of John Thompson Challenge

Nov 24, 2002

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Reserve guard Justice Graham scored 11 points and guard Ian Boylan had 10 points and five rebounds to lead Cal-State Northridge to a 67-55 victory against Jacksonville at the John Thompson Foundation Challenge at McArthur Court.

The Matadors will play in the championship game Monday at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of today's Oregon-Grambling State game. The Dolphins will play the loser in the consolation finals at 5 p.m.

Northridge (1-1), which missed its first five shots and didn't make its first field goal until the 13:54 mark of the first half, survived its sluggish start to rebound for its first win of the season.

Chris Davis, Curtis Slaughter and Joseph Frazier added eight points each for the Matadors, while James Daniels scored 14 points and Kevin Sheppard 12 to lead the Dolphins (1-1).

Jacksonville was without four players for the game, including starters Antwan Robertson, Calvin Warner and David Lee. Along with reserve Riley Didion, the players were were withheld as they await a ruling by the NCAA on their alleged violations for playing in a summer league.

A 3-pointer by Nolan McBride at the start of the second half tied the game at 31-31 for Jacksonville, but Ian Boylan answered for Northridge with a 3-pointer of his own to start a 13-1 run that ended with the Matadors up 44-32.

Graham scored nine of his points in the second half, including back-to-back field goals at the end of the Matadors' decisive run.

Northridge shot 54 percent in the second half to Jacksonville's 24 percent. As a result, the Dolphins, who only made six second-half field goals, could never get closer than nine points and trailed by as many as 14 on three different occasions.

The Matadors couldn't do anything right in the opening minutes of the first half, getting their only points in the first seven minutes on a pair of free throws by Armond Thomas. Before Boylan's jump shot gave Northridge its first field goal, the Matadors had gone 0-for-5 and turned the ball over six times.