The crowd looked like it had come to watch a football game in Denver.
Heavy coats, scarves and mittens were standard apparel for those in attendance Monday night at Cal State Northridge, where players and spectators braved 40-degree temperatures inside the gym as the Matadors defeated Cal State Hayward, 76-69, in a nonconference game.
"I'm shaking," Hayward Coach Gary Hulst said. "I wonder who's responsible if we get pneumonia."
That would be the the California State University system, which shuts down the central heat on campus during Christmas vacation, leaving CSUN athletes, drama students and library visitors in the cold--literally.
Despite the chilly conditions, junior guard Chuck McGavran had a hot hand for the CSUN (6-3). McGavran scored a season-high 26 points, including 12 on three-point shots.