LOS ANGELES -- Josh Greene scored 21 points and Cal State Northridge continued its recent surge with a 70-61 victory over UC Irvine on Thursday night.
The Matadors (13-11, 4-8 Big West) have won three straight games since losing leading scorer Stephan Hicks to a knee injury, and have won four of their past five.
The Matadors, who trailed by 15 in the first half, rallied behind Greene after the break. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Irvine its first lead of the game, 47-46, with 11:31 remaining. With 2 minutes to go and the game tied at 57, Greene hit back-to-back 3s again and followed that by making 3 of 4 free throws to put the Matadors ahead 66-58 with 27 seconds left.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.