UC Riverside 63, CS Northridge 61

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 23, 2012
Robert Smith scored 14 points and made two free throws with four seconds left to give UC Riverside a 63-61 victory against Cal State Northridge on Wednesday night. Phil Martin had 14 points for the Highlanders (13-15, 6-8 Big West). BJ Shearry collected 12 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Each of the 11 players that saw action for the Matadors (7-19, 3-11) scored, but none reached double figures. Ari Feldman had nine points. UC Riverside led 61-56 when Vinnie McGhee hit a 3-pointer for Northridge with 1:32 remaining, and Josh Greene's layup with 20 seconds left tied the score. The Highlanders took possession and bled the clock until Smith drew a foul by McGhee. Kevin Bradshaw had 10 rebounds for UC Riverside. The Matadors shot 34.3 percent (23 of 67) from the floor.
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