Complete Press Release - CSUN at Cal Poly
Not since the 2007-08 season has Cal State Northridge started the Big West Conference season at 2-0 ... That same year (2007-08), the Matadors won five straight games to start the league season ... CSUN will attempt to win their third straight league contest with a matchup at Cal Poly on Thursday (1/16/14) ... Tipoff at Mott Arena is 7:00 pm ... The contest will be shown on BigWest.TV along with Live Stats, Twitter updates and the internet radio broadcast on Gomatadors.com.
The Big West Tour, sponsored by ampm & Fox Sports Net, returns for 2014, running Jan. 16 through Feb. 27 ... Big West representatives will make stops at the eight conference campus in California, giving fans opporunities to win many prizes ... The Tour aims to encourage attendance by Big West students at the conference tournament in mid-March ... The Big West Tour will visit CSUN on Feb. 13 ... From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Big West Tour will be at Oviatt Library followed by the men's basketball game between Cal Poly & CSUN at 7:00 pm.
There is still time to purchase mini-plans for men's and women's basketball for Matador basketball ... Each Mini-Plan offers two reserved tickets for each designated men's basketball game and two general admisison tickets for each designated women's basketball game ... Each mini-plan is $65 each ... To purchase your Mini-Plan, call the Associated Students Ticket Office at 818-677-2488 ... A $4 handling fee will be added to all phone orders ... The February 14 Mini-Plan includes the following games - Women's Hoops vs Hawai'i (2/1/14, 4:00 pm); Men's Hoops vs CSF (2/8/14, 7:00 pm); Men's Basketball vs Cal Poly (2/13/14, 7:00 pm); Men's Hoops vs UC Irvine (2/22/14, 7:30 pm); and Women's Hoops vs CSF (2/27/14. 7:00 pm).
Cal State Northridge has been a very good shooting team in 2013-14 ... Their .477 shooting percentage is currently tenth-best for a single season in school history while their three-point field goal percentage is .392, currently tops in the conference and fourth-best in school history ... CSUN is well ahead of the school record in free throw percentage ... Their current percentage of .775 (#1 in the BWC) is miles ahead of the school mark of .755 set during the 2011-12 campaign, and fourth-best in the country ... Just ahead nationally for free throw percentage are Providence (.797), Albany (NY) (.783), and Georgia State (.777) ... In their last two games, CSUN is hitting .551 (54-for-98) from the field ... In the 89-79 victory over UC Davis (1/11/14), CSUN hit a season-high 62 percent (31-for-50) ... CSUN has been hot from three-point territory in the last eight games, hitting 39-of-89 shots for .438 ... In the last two games, CSUN has made 50-of-54 free throws for .926 ... In eight games, the Matadors have shot 80 percent or better from the charity stripe ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) has hit 21 straight free throws in the last four games.
CSUN, under first year head coach Reggie Theus, has undergone a complete makeover since last year ... Nine new players have joined six returnees to comprise the 15-man varsity roster ... The scoring, rebounding and assist trio of Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca), Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, Guard/Forward, Thousand Oaks, Ca), and Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Thousand Oaks, Ca) return to lead the CSUN scoring and rebounding attack ... Greene, Hicks and Maxwell have collectively played a total of 250 games, scored 3,335 points, grabbed 1,319 rebounds, dished out 400 assists and recorded 269 steals.
CSUN is ranked among the top schools in several categories in the Big West Conference ... CSUN is atop the league in free throw percentage (.775, #4 in the country), steals (7.6 spg) and three-point field goal percentage (.392) second in scoring (76.3 ppg) and third in shooting percentage (.477) and rebound margin (+3.4).
Ghizal Hasan and Alan Zinsmeister are the radio voices for CSUN basketball this year ... Their live broadcasts can be heard on gomatadors.com ... Hasan served the 2012-13 season as the voice of women's basketball for CSUN ... Zinsmeister begins his tenth season as color commentator for CSUN.
Free Throw Facts (Part #1)
Cal State Northridge is taking aim at the school record for single season free throw percentage ... The Matadors are hitting .775 (352-for-454) from the charity stripe, tops in the Big West Conference, #4 in the nation and well above the current school record of .755 set in 2011-12 ... In the season opener against Hope International (11/8/13), the Matadors hit 32-of-33 free throws (.970), a school record and sixth-best for a single game in NCAA history ... Against UC Davis (1/9/14), the Matadors hit 22-for-23 (.957) shots from the charity line, the second-best mark for a single season in school history ... In eight games, CSUN has hit 80 percent better ... In the last two games, CSUN has made 50-of-54 free throws for .926 ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) has hit 21 straight free throws in the last four games.
Free Throw Facts (Part #2)
Two of CSUN's strength on the free throw line starts with Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) and Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, Guard/Forward, Thousand Oaks, Ca) ... Greene has played in 107 games in four seasons at CSUN with a career free throw percentage of .850 (third-best in school history) ... Hicks has played in 72 games (67 as a starter) in three seasons with the Matadors with a free throw percentage of .799, eighth-best in CSUN history ... In 2013-14, Greene is hitting .875 (70-for-84) from the foul line, second-best in the Big West Conference ... Greene's .875 free throw percentage is currently ahead of the school record of .869 set by Chuck Malouf set in 1963-64 ... Hicks is at .775 (79-for-102), sixth-best in the conference.
Winners of five of its last seven games, CSUN has raised its season record to 10-7 record in 2013-14 ... Cal State Northridge has won five games by six points or less ... CSUN has won three games by one point ... The Matadors have lost three games by seven points or less ... CSUN has chalked up a 7-1 home record at the Matadome ... Shooting has been a strength at .509 (221-for-434) during the seven home games.
Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) is aiming for the school record in three-point field goal percentage in a single season ... Greene is hitting .461 (41-for-89) from beyond the arc, currently second-best in school history ... The school record is .493 (37-for-75) set by Carl Holmes in 2000-01 ... Cal State Northridge has been hot from three-point territory in 2013-14 ... The team is shooting .392 (73-for-186), tops in the Big West Conference and currently fourth-best for a single season in school history ... The school record is .423 set during the 1986-87 season.
series storyThe series between Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly is the oldest in school history ... The teams have played 91 times in a series that started on Feb. 5, 1960 ... Cal Poly leads the series, 48-43 ... The Mustangs have won four of the last five meetings including a 75-64 victory over the Matadors last year on Cal Poly's home court ... Cal Poly has won the last four meetings against CSUN at Mott Arena.
"Winners of its last two games, Cal Poly is 6-9 overall and 2-0 in the Big West Conference ... The Mustangs are 4-1 at Mott Arena ... Chris Eversley and Dave Nwaba are the team's top scorers at 14.1 and 12.0 ppg, respectively ... Eversley is the team's top rebounder (7.0 rpg).
With only eleven players on the active roster, everbody is getting a chance to play ...Three starters are averaging 30 minutes or more per game, respectively ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) checks in at 33.1 mpg (#3 in the BWC) while Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) averages 32.9 mpg (#4 in the BWC) ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) has played 31.4 mpg (#7 in the BWC) ... Hicks has played 32 or more minutes in 13 of the 17 games ... That included 41 of 45 minutes in CSUN's 80-77 overtime victory over Austin Peay (11/22/13) ... Greene has charted 30 or more minutes in 14 games while Maxwell has clocked 32 or more minutes in ten games ... Two other starters are each averaging 24.0 minutes per game or more ... They are Tre Hale-Edmerson (6-9, 215, Forward, Center, Sheridan, Or) at 27.5 mpg and Landon Drew (6-1, 175, Sophomore, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) at 24.8 mpg ... Seven of the 12 players are averaging in double-digits in minutes played.
Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) comes from a family that stresses academics ... Maxwell has two sisters who have gained outstanding academic distinction in the classroom ... Jessica Maxwell graduated from Occidental College and earned her Ph.D in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University ... Jessica is now a visiting assistant professor in Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California's (Berkeley) Department of Art History ... Tiffany Maxwell is a highly successful costume designer/stylist specializing in custom, handmade garments primarily for stage and music videos in Los Angeles ... Maxwell's brother, Kevin, is an accomplished singer from the swing and jazz era (like Frank Sinatra) and is currently recording a CD ... Stephen Maxwell, a Communications major, gained Big West All-Academic honors last year."My mom reminds me every day about the importance of an education. She cares more about education than anything. I really admire her for that."CSUN junior forward Stephen Maxwell
Dave Yanani is a legendary coach in the Los Angeles area who not only enjoyed success on the high school level but also coached collegiately at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Los Angeles ... Yanani gave CSUN head coach Reggie Theus his first job in coaching as a volunteer assistant at Cal State Los Angeles in 2002-03.
"Reggie discovered he loved coaching so much. He had a love for teaching, interacting and communicating with the players. He showed his competitive side as a teacher. Reggie embraced his coaching role on the team."
Dave Yanai, former Cal State Los Angeles head coach
Trevone Williams (6-6, 225, Sophomore, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) worn uniform #30 last season to honor his late uncle, Trevone Castleberry .. Williams has changed his uniform to #10 this year to honor his late father, who wore that uniform number when he was a star athlete at Crenshaw High School and Antelope Valley College.
"#30 is still in my heart for my late uncle but #10 is 'home' to honor my best friend, my dad. From the time I wake up, and during the course of the day, I think about my dad."
CSUN sophomore forward Trevone Williams
J.J. Thomas (6-6, 220, Junior, Opelausas, La) hails from Opelousas, a small town in Louisiana ... Thomas can cook with several specialities that include crawfish etouiffee, jambalaya, shrimp creole, and gumbo ... At CSUN's game at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (12/20/13), a large group of family and friends drove six hours from Opelousas, La. to Corpus Christi, Tx., including his mom, dad and his little brother to watch J.J. play.
"Opelousas (La.) is the spice capital of the world and the center of Zydeco music. Southern people are warm and friendly. People from the South want to make you feel at home."
CSUN junior foward J.J. Thomas
Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) set a school record for career three-pointers at Stephen F. Austin (12/27/31) ... Greene hit two second-half three-pointers to give him 183 to break Ian Boylan's old record of 182 set from 2001-05 ... Greene's record breaker came with 5:57 in the second half against the Lumberjacks ... Greene currently has 191 three-pointers ... Greene has attempted 498 career three-pointers, another school record ... Greene is ahead of the school record for single season free throw percentage ... Greene is .875 (70-for-80) from the charity stripe, ahead of the school record holder Chuck Malouf, who hit .869 (93-for-107) during the 1963-64 season ... Greene has scored 1,249 points in his four-year career at CSUN, becoming only the 16th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau in the 56-year history of Matador basketball ... Greene's 1,249 career points are seventh-best in school history ... Greene has attempted 962 field goal attempts, seventh-best in school history ... Greene's career free throw percentage is .850 (312-367) is third-best in the Matador record book ... Greene has dished out 295 career assists, sixth-best in Matador annals ... Greene has played 2,897 career minutes (27.1 mpg), sixth all-time ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, Guard, Thousand Oaks, Ca) also joined the 1,000 points club with 20 points against Southern Utah (12/3/13) ... Hicks is the 17th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau ... Hicks has scored 1,137 points, 13th-best in school history ... Hicks' 15.8 career ppg average is eighth-best in school history ... Hicks tied a school record with a perfect 12-for-12 effort from the free throw line against Austin Peay (11/22/13) ... Hicks has 338 career free throws, fourth-best in school history ... Hicks' .799 career free throw percentage is eighth-best in the Matador record book ... Tre Hale-Edmerson tied a school record with six blocks against La Sierra (12/1/13) and against Morgan State (12/27/13) ... Edmerson, in just his second season, already has 62 career blocks, sixth-best in school history along with Calvin Chitwood (2004-08) ... Hale-Edmerson's 32 blocks this year are fourth-best for a single season and 12 short of the school record set by Lenny Daniel (2009-10).
Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) has switched his uniform number from #0 to #1 ... Landon Drew (6-1, 175, Sophomore, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) graduated from Fairfax High School ... One of his high school teammates was Reggie Theus' son, Reggie Jr., who is a freshman basketball player at the University of South Carolina ... Landon's father, Larry, is the head coach of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks ... Amir Garrett (6-6, 210, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) is a left-handed pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization ... Garrett's fastball has been clocked at 96-miles per hour ... Aaron Parks (6-3, 198, Freshman, Guard, Baltimore, Md) had never visited California before taking a basketball recruiting trip from his East Coast home in Baltimore (Md) to the West Coast, specifically the campus of Cal State Northridge ... Chris Pompey, CSUN assistant coach, played football at the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 ... One of his teammates was quarterback Dan Marino, who later enjoyed a Hall of Fame career with the Miami Dolphins ... The announced crowd of 14,770 to watch CSUN at Fresno State was the seventh-largest crowd to watch the Matadors play ... The school record remains 20,999 when CSUN traveled to Brigham Young (11/24/12).
The Matadome, home to the Cal State Northridge men's and women's basketball programs, has enjoyed a major overhaul that makes the 51-year-old building enjoyable for CSUN fans ... An extensive multi-million dollar makeover has included a new court, video boards, new graphics, new scoreboard, new sound system, high definition cameras, a live video production studio, new seats and bleachers, VIP floor seating, air conditioning, and the improvements go on-and-on ... Matador fans attending games will be thoroughly impressed ... The Matadome has endured a few dull, mundane names, Matador Gym, Northridge Gym, San Fernando Valley State Gymnasium ... The Matadome was once called KPE100 (Kinesiology Physical Education 100) ... During the first four years of collegiate men's basketball at Cal State Northridge, the Matadors had to play their home games at several high schools in the San Fernando Valley including Granada Hills, Monroe and Birmingham High Schools ... In the 51-year history of the Matadome, the Matadors have produced 41 winning seasons, five .500 seasons and only five losing campaigns.
Cal State Northridge has played 1,534 games since the start of the basketball program in 1958-59 ... A total of 422 players have worn the Red, Black & White of Cal State Northridge ... Thirty-one states have been represented in years past on the Matador roster ... This year's 15-man roster feature eleven players from the Southern California area (Robert Cid, Landon Drew, Devonte Elliott, Amir Garrett, Josh Greene, Stephan Hicks, Kevin Johnson, Stephen Maxwell, K.J. Smith, Trevone Williams), one player from Louisiana (J.J. Thomas, Opelousas), one player from Maryland (Aaron Parks from Baltimore), one player from Nevada (Ben Vozzola from Las Vegas), one player from Oregon (Tre Hale-Edmerson from Sheridan), and one player from Pennsylvania (Dominique Youmans from Philadelphia).