UW was happy to get the win, of course. And coach Lorenzo Romar was happy to see players like Justin Dentmon and Venoy Overton step up and help make up for the loss of Ryan Appleby (back spasms).
However, Romar wasn't thrilled with the performance and didn't think the Huskies built on the progress of their past couple of games.
"I didn't think we made a big step today," he said. "I don't think we improved defensively tonight. I thought there were times we did a really good job and forced them to turn the ball over and take bad shots, but I didn't think tonight was where we can look back and say, 'Hey, we made another huge step.'"
More on Appleby: He came into the game with UW's top scoring average. However, he was shut out, partly by a box-and-one Northridge defense, and also by back spasms, which limited him to 14 minutes. Appleby, who also suffered back spasms over the summer, said he expects to be ready for the next game. "I drove middle, kicked it to (Justin Dentmon), planted on my right foot and turned and felt the muscle pull," he said. "… The real test is when you wake up in the morning. If I wake up and I'm good, hopefully I'll be all right in a couple of days."
Star of the game: Most UW guards played well. But there's no overlooking the performance of forward Jon Brockman, who had a game-high 21 points and shared game-high rebounding honors with 10. The performance returned him to his position as UW scoring leader.
Key stats: The Huskies outrebounded the Matadors, 42-29. … UW guard Venoy Overton hit all five of his shots, including four from 3-point range. … Both teams had more turnovers than assists.
Key run: Northridge had pulled to within four points, 58-54, with less than eight minutes remaining. Then a Tim Morris 3-pointer ignited a 13-1 run by the Huskies, and their lead never dipped below double digits again.
Next: Noon Saturday, at Louisiana State, Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge.