In one of its final tuneups before the start of conference play, the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team continued to show the balance that has made it a favorite to win the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. title.
The Matadors routed Barry University, 85-55, on Monday night at Northridge to gain their seventh win in eight games.
Guard Chuck McGavran, in what is becoming typical fashion, provided CSUN with a potent perimeter attack, coverting five of a school-record 11 three-point attempts to finish with a game-high 17 points.
Equally impressive, however, was the collective guard of the Northridge backcourt. Matador Coach Pete Cassidy rotated Troy Dueker, Carl Cooper and Jamarl Baker to successfully shut down Barry's Darris Gallagher.
The 5-9, 155-pound Gallagher is the key to everything that the Buccaneers (3-12), a Division II independent team from Florida, try to do on offense. Gallagher scored 13 points in the first half to keep his team close, but CSUN's defense by committee limited him to only three more in the second half and eventually wore him down.