PJ Suspends Antonio Lawrence One Game

Coach Johnson recruited me straight out of high school. In a way, it was a ‘pay back' game because I wanted to let him know I'm still around," said former Spartan Armand Thomas.

Northridge, Calif.-----Nearly everything Cal State Northridge did was right and the opposite was true for San Jose State as the Spartans lost their final non-conference road game, 92-67.

About the only thing the Matadors (5-2) did not do was score 100 points as they did in their first two home games this season. Five CS Northridge players scored in double figures led by forward Ian Boylan who had 23 points and a career-high seven assists.

Forwards Armand Thomas and John Clark added 16 and 15 points, respectively.

"We have a lot of holes to shore up," said San Jose State coach Phil Johnson. "We've got to change some things to get better.

"We tried to pressure them defensively, but they'd drive by us or hammer us inside," added the Spartans' coach. "They beat us in about every way possible."

CS Northridge exploited every size mismatch inside and along the perimeter the entire night and broke out to a 22-9 lead as Boylan, who was averaging 17.6 points a game, scored 10 consecutive points on a pair two-point baskets and two threes.

San Jose State closed the gap to 25-20, but eight straight points later in the first half by former Spartan Armand Thomas helped the Matadors settle into a 41-25 advantage.

"I was really up for the game. Coach Johnson recruited me straight out of high school. In a way, it was a ‘pay back' game because I wanted to let him know I'm still around," said the 6-foot-8 frontcourt player, who spent the 1999-2000 academic year at San Jose State as a freshman from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. "They played every soft defense on the post. We expected more traps and double teams and they weren't boxing us out."

The Spartans (3-4) were unable to trim the deficit into single-figures in the second half and trailed by as many as 29 points late in the game.

"This was the most unselfish display of basketball I've seen since I've been here," said seventh-year CS Northridge Bobby Braswell about his team that shot 56.5 percent from the field and outrebounded the number-one rebounding team in the Western Athletic Conference, 39-25. "And, we were very, very solid defensively."

"Oudie" Baker posted his second "double-double" in as many games with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Three other Spartans, center Eric Walton, forward Brett Lilly and guard Brandon Hawkins each added 11 points.

The Spartans played without freshman forward Antonio Lawrence who was suspended for the game "for conduct detrimental to the team" according to Coach Johnson.


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