“I think guys are relying on other guys to do stuff and are not taking the initiative or are too timid to actually do something on offense,” said CSUN junior center Thomas Shewmake, who scored 14 points Sunday. Fortunately for the Matadors, barring any setbacks Altheimer is expected back for Thursday’s home game against UC Davis. Locke’s status is unclear. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – Cal State Northridge’s already thin backcourt got a lot thinner after halftime of the Matadors’ 84-73 loss to Long Beach State on Sunday afternoon at the Walter Pyramid. Starting point guard Bakari Altheimer missed the game with a concussion, suffered in Friday’s loss to UC Irvine, and back-up Robert Locke left the game after complaining to a trainer about a re-occurence of an abdominal strain that forced him to miss the first eight games of the season. Locke changed out of his uniform and watched the second half from the Matadors’ bench, wearing his travel sweats. After the game, he did not ride the bus back to campus with the team. “He told the trainer he couldn’t go back in the game, and that’s where I’m going to leave that right now,” Cal State Northridge coach Bobby Braswell said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Long Beach (7-8, 2-2) used its pressure defense to force 21 Matadors turnovers, including 15 in the first half when Northridge fell behind by as many as 20 points. Without Altheimer, the conference leader in assist-to-turnover ratio, the Matadors (6-8, 1-3) were left with only two healthy point guards, freshman Jason Hill and Locke. Hill started the game, but had five turnovers in 11 minutes of play in the first half. In the second half, Hill improved, turning the ball over just once in 13 minutes. But without Locke, the rest of the minutes at point guard went to junior Mike Efevberha, who seemed uncomfortable in that role, with four second-half turnovers. After averaging 22.2 points per game in his first 12 games, Efevberha has been held to 10 points in each of the past two games. Braswell brought Efevberha off the bench Sunday because he wasn’t pleased with his all-around game in Friday’s loss and said that might continue until he improves his defense and shot selection. Efevberha has made only six of 25 shots during that stretch.