CSUN Hosts UC Riverside In Big West Conference Contest
Complete Press Release - CSUN vs UC Riverside
Back home at the friendly confines of the Matadome Cal State Northridge finds itself ... CSUN hosts UC Riverside in a Big West Conference game on Thursday, January 30, at 7:00 pm ... The game will be available on ESPN3 ... Because of the ESPN3 coverage, the game will not be available on BigWestTv.com, but Live Stats, Twitter updates and the internet radio broadcast are available on Gomatadors.com ... Instant game information is also available on CSUN's app., Front Row ... Never in the history of Cal State Northridge as an NCAA Division I member has the program ever been ranked #1 in a statistical category ... This could be the year to be #1 ... The Matadors are shooting .777 from the free throw line, third-best in the nation, tops in the Big West Conference and well ahead of the school record ... Providence is the nation's leader at .792 ... The Matadors have made 428 free throws this year, eighth-best in the nation ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) is shooting a league-leading .900 (90-for-100) from the free throw line, well ahead of the school record of .869 (93-for-107) set by Chuck Malouf during the 1963-64 campaign.
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).
Free Throw Facts (Part #1)
Cal State Northridge is THIRD in the nation in free throw percentage (.777, 428-for-551) ... This is the highest national ranking by CSUN in any team category since the Matadors joined the ranks of the NCAA Division I in 1990-91 ... The nation's leader is Providence at .792 ... CSUN is taking aim at the school record for single season free throw percentage ... The .777 free throw percentage is 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 ten games, CSUN has hit 80 percent better.
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 111 games in four seasons at CSUN with a career free throw percentage of .858 (third-best in school history) ... Hicks has played in 76 games (71 as a starter) in three seasons with the Matadors with a free throw percentage of .802, seventh-best in CSUN history ... In 2013-14, Greene is hitting .900 (90-for-10) from the foul line, tops in the Big West Conference ... Greene's .900 free throw percentage is currently ahead of the school record of .869 set by Chuck Malouf set in 1963-64 ... Greene's .900 free throw percentage is 15th-best in the nation ... Greene has hit 21 straight free throws in the last four games ... Greene has hit 65 of his 69 free throws in the last 16 games for a .942 free throw percentage ... Hicks is at .790 (94-for-119), fifth-best in the conference. SEASON storyCal State Northridge has chalked up a 10-11 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the Big West Conference 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 7-2 home record at the Matadome.
shooters storyCal State Northridge has been a very good shooting team in 2013-14 ... CSUN is well ahead of the school record in free throw percentage ... Their current percentage of .777 (#1 in the BWC, #2 in the nation) is miles ahead of the school mark of .755 set during the 2011-12 campaign ... In ten games, the Matadors have shot 80 percent or better from the charity stripe ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) had hit 21 straight free throws in a four game stretch before missing his first free throw attempt at Cal Poly (1/16/14) ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) has hit his last 21 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 262 games, scored 3,500 points, grabbed 1,398 rebounds, dished out 415 assists and recorded 278 steals.
CSUN is ranked among the top schools in several categories in the Big West Conference ... The Matadors are atop the league in free throw percentage (.777, #2 in the nation) and in steals (7.2 spg), second in three-point field goal percentage (.363), and third in scoring (73.6 ppg) and rebound margin (+2.4).
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.
Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside will be meeting for the 70th time ... The Matadors lead the series, 37-72, but the Highlanders have won three of the last four games including a 83-74 verdict last year at the Matadome ... CSUN is 19-15 against UC Riverside in games played at the Matadome.
UC Riverside is 7-13 overall and 2-4 in the conference ... The Highlanders are tied for seventh place in the Big West Conference along with Cal State Northridge ... Chris Patton (6-10, 246, Senior, Forward, Melbourne, Australia), Taylor Johns (6-7, 220, Sophomore, Forward, San Francisco, Ca) and Sam Finley (6-2, 180, Freshman, Guard, Riverside, Ca) are the double-digit scorers for UCR ... Patton checks in at 13.4 ppg followed by Johns at 12.4 ppg and Finley at 11.3 ppg ... Johns is the team's leading rebounder (8.2 rpg, #3 in the BWC).
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 ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) checks in at 33.4 mpg (#3 in the BWC) ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) checks in at 33.2 mpg (#5 in the BWC) ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) has played 32.3 mpg (#6 in the BWC) ... Hicks has played 32 or more minutes in 16 of the 21 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 17 games ... Greene has played 142 out of a possible 160 minutes in the last four games ... Maxwell has clocked 32 or more minutes in 14 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 27.6 mpg and Landon Drew (6-1, 175, Sophomore, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) at 24.5 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 194 three-pointers ... Greene has attempted 512 career three-pointers, another school record ... Greene is ahead of the school record for single season free throw percentage ... Greene is .900 (90-for-10) 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 1,300 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 1,300 career points are fifth-best in school history ... Greene has attempted 1,000 field goal attempts, fifth-best in school history ... Greene's career free throw percentage is .858 (332-387) is third-best in the Matador record book ... Greene has dished out 306 career assists, sixth-best in Matador annals ... Greene has played 3,039 career minutes (27.4 mpg), fifth all-time at CSUN ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, Forward, 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 1,190 points, tenth-best in school history along with Markus Carr (1998-02) ... Hicks' 15.7 career ppg average is ninth-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 353 career free throws, fourth-best in school history ... Hicks' .802 career free throw percentage is seventh-best in the Matador record book along with Curtis Slaughter (2001-03) ... 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 67 career blocks, sixth-best in school history ... Hale-Edmerson's 37 blocks this year are fourth-best for a single season and seven 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 1,538 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).