In Cal State Northridge's three previous Division I basketball seasons there was once a more lopsided defeat.
Never, however, has there been a more lopsided half than there was in the second half Saturday night against Gonzaga University.
In a span of 10 minutes, Gonzaga turned a three-point lead into a 36-point advantage on its way to a 90-57 victory over Northridge in the third-place game of the Stanford Invitational.
Keyed by the play of guard Geoff Goss, the Bulldogs (1-1) went on a 36-3 run in the 10-minute span. In one 6-minute 10-second burst, Gonzaga ran off 24 consecutive points.
Northridge's only worse defeat was by 58 points against New Mexico State in November of 1990, in its third game after moving up from Division II.
It all started with the Matadors trailing, 32-29. During the run, the Bulldogs made 13 of 15 shots, including all four from three-point range.
Goss scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in a span of 5 1/2 minutes. Jeff Brown added 17 points and Jeff Rillie had 13 for Gonzaga, which shot 63%.
Chris Yard led Northridge (0-2) with 17 points and guard Andre Chevalier, who suffered a twisted left ankle late in the game, added 16. Northridge made only 31.8% of its shots and was outrebounded, 48-21.