Terrell Gomez added 22 points and Darius Brown II 14 for the Matadors (9-14, 4-3 Big West Conference), who made 8 of 16 3-pointers and shot 57% overall. Festus Ndumanya grabbed eight rebounds.
Max Heidegger scored a season-high 30 points for the Gauchos (13-8, 2-4) and Amadou Sow added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Matadors improve to 2-0 against the Gauchos on the season. Cal State Northridge defeated UC Santa Barbara 83-75 on Jan. 22. Cal State Northridge faces Hawaii on the road on Saturday. UC Santa Barbara faces Long Beach State on the road on Saturday.
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