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CS Northridge ends UCLA’s 29-game home win streak

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Five Cal State Northridge scorers posted at least 12 points, and the Matadors forced 19 turnovers en route to snapping UCLA’s 29-game home winning streak, 76-72, on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The Bruins’ streak had been the longest in the country.

Cal State Northridge (8-3) jumped out to a 16-5 lead early and held UCLA at bay almost wire to wire. The Matadors’ lead swelled to 19 early in the second half on the strength of a 12-1 run that began before intermission.

Dionte Bostick led Cal State Northridge’s balanced offensive attack with 18 points. Bostick also grabbed seven rebounds. Mahmoud Fofana recorded a double-double off the bench with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

De’Sean Allen-Eikens shot 4 of 5 from the floor and 7 of 8 at the free-throw line before fouling out with 17 points. Keonte Jones added 12 points and swiped three steals, while Gianni Hunt came off the bench for 12 points and four steals.

The Matadors came up with 14 steals in total from six players, with five making at least two. Cal State Northridge converted 19 turnovers into 20 points. Cal State Northridge also dominated in the paint, with 34 points to UCLA’s 20.

The Bruins (5-5) managed 19 points on 14 Cal State Northridge turnovers, but they managed just six fast-break points to the Matadors’ 14.

UCLA’s Sebastian Mack led all scorers with 27 points, while Dylan Andrews shot 4 of 6 from 3-point range en route to 22 points. Adem Bona scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Lazar Stefanovic recorded 11 points.

The rest of the Bruins’ roster combined for four points.

UCLA trimmed the deficit down to one point with 7:48 remaining — an 18-4 run spanned almost five minutes. Cal State Northridge responded with Fofana’s dunk off a lob from Hunt and a 3-pointer by Hunt book-ended an 11-3 run.

The Bruins narrowed the gap to one possession just once more over the final 7:30 on the way to their third straight loss.

–Field Level Media

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