Home Sweet Home ... CSUN Hosts Cal State Fullerton
Complete Press Release - CSUN Hosts Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Northridge returns home on Saturday, February 8, 2014, when the Matadors host Cal State Fullerton in a Big West Conference contest at 7:00 pm ... The game will be available on BigWestTV.com, along with Live Stats, Twitter updates and internet radio coverage on Gomatadors.com ... Instant game information is also available on CSUN's app., Front Row ... The Matadors have trotted out the same starting five (Josh Greene, Stephen Maxwell, Stephan Hicks, Tre Hale-Edmerson and Landon Drew) in all but one game this season ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca), Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) and Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) have combined for 1,176 of the team's 1,788 points, or .658 percent of the total offense ... Halftime of the CSUN/CSF game will be special ... The four newest members (Markus Carr-basketball, Lisa Erickson-softball, Cliff Abel-head coach men's track & field, & Tereza Simonyan-women's tennis) of the CSUN Hall of Fame will be honored at halftime.
Free Throw Facts (Part #1)
A free throw effort of .838 (31-for-37) in its last game at UC Davis (2/6/14) has lifted Cal State Northridge to FOURTH in the nation in free throw percentage (.773, 493-for-638) ... The nation's leader is Providence at .786 ... CSUN is taking aim at the school record for single season free throw percentage ... The .773 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 eleven games, CSUN has hit 80 percent better ... Cal State Northridge is FOURTH in the country in free throws made (493) ... The nation's leader is BYU with 544.
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 114 games in four seasons at CSUN with a career free throw percentage of .863 (second-best in school history) ... Hicks has played in 79 games (73 as a starter) in three seasons with the Matadors with a free throw percentage of .796, ninth-best in CSUN history ... In 2013-14, Greene is hitting .908 (109-for-120) from the foul line, tops in the Big West Conference and ninth-best in the country ... The nation's leader is Brenton Williams of South Carolina at .960 ... Greene's .908 free throw percentage is currently ahead of the school record of .869 set by Chuck Malouf set in 1963-64 ... Greene hit 29 straight free throws before he missed his third free throw attempt of the game at Hawai'i (2/1/14) ... Greene has hit 54-of-56 (.964) in his last nine games ... Hicks is at .771 (101-for-131), fifth-best in the conference ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Sophomore, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) checks in at .752 (121-for-161), eighth-best in the conference.
Cal State Northridge has chalked up an 11-13 overall record and a 3-6 mark in the Big West Conference in 2013-14 ... Cal State Northridge has won six games by six points or less ... CSUN has won three games by one point ... The Matadors have lost four games by seven points or less ... CSUN has chalked up a 8-2 home record at the Matadome.
Cal 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 .773 (#1 in the BWC, #4 in the nation) is miles ahead of the school mark of .755 set during the 2011-12 campaign ... In 12 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) had hit 29 straight free throws before a miss at Hawai'i (2/1/14).
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 (.773, #4 in the nation) and in steals (7.0 spg), second in scoring offense (74.5 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (.369), and third in rebound margin (+2.5).
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 is in his tenth season as color commentator for CSUN.
The 69th meeting between Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton is slated for Saturday night at the Matadome ... This is a series that dates back to the 1960-61 season ... The Titans leads the series, 38-30 ... The Titans have won the last two games at the Matadome ... That includes a 105-86 CSF victory last year on CSUN's home court ... D.J. Seeley had a career night for Cal State Fullerton with 37 points ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) led Cal State Northridge with 22 points (10-for-14 from the floor) along with 12 rebounds ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) added 20 points and six rebounds ... The Titans shot .586 from the floor ... Later in the season, CSUN captured a 92-86 victory at CSF ... Cal State Fullerton is 15-13 in games against CSUN at the Matadome.
Cal State Fullerton is 7-14 overall and 2-5 in the Big West Conference ... The Titans have lost two straight games, and five of their last six games ... Michael Williams (6-2, 185, Senior, Guard, Van Nuys, Ca) and Alex Harris (6-1, 170, Junior, Guard, Richmond, Ca) lead the CSF attack at 16.3 and 13.6 ppg, respectively ... Williams has a team-leading 44 three-pointers ... Steve McClellan (6-7, 250, Junior, Forward, Fresno, Ca) is the team's leading rebounder (5.9 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 ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) checks in at 34.3 mpg (#2 in the BWC) ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) checks in at 33.6 mpg (#5 in the BWC) ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) has played 32.9 mpg (#6 in the BWC) ... Hicks has played 32 or more minutes in 19 of the 24 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 20 games ... Greene played 43 of a possible 45 minutes in the overtime game at UC Davis (2/6/14) ... Greene has played 260 out of a possible 290 minutes in the last seven games ... Maxwell has clocked 32 or more minutes in 17 games ... Maxwell played 41 minutes in the overtime contest at UC Davis (2/6/14) ... 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 28.1 mpg and Landon Drew (6-1, 175, Sophomore, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) at 24.2 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 was set from 2001-05 ... Greene's record breaker came with 5:57 in the second half against the Lumberjacks ... Greene currently has 203 three-pointers ... Greene has attempted 531 career three-pointers, another school record ... Greene is ahead of the school record for single season free throw percentage ... Greene is .908 (109-for-120) 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 1,356 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 1,356 career points are fourth-best in school history ... Greene has attempted 1,035 field goal attempts, fourth-best in school history ... Greene's career free throw percentage is .862 (351-407) is second-best in the Matador record book ... Greene has dished out 315 career assists, fifth-best in Matador annals ... Greene has played 3,159 career minutes (27.7 mpg), fourth 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 1,244 points, eighth-best in school history ... 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 360 career free throws, third-best in school history ... Hicks' .796 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 71 career blocks, fourth-best in school history, and eleven short of the school record set by Thomas Shewmake (2003-07) ... Hale-Edmerson's 41 blocks this year are second-best for a single season and three 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 1,541 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).
Honda Center and the Big West Conference have announced that all-session tickets for the 2014 Big West Men's Basketball Tournament are on sale ... All-Session tickets are available for $69.00. ... Premium all-session tickets located in the first four rows of seating are available for $149.00 ... Seats can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000 ... The 2014 Big West Tournament will be the fourth year the event has been hosted at Honda Center in Anaheim ... The men's tournament begins on Thursday, March 13 at Honda Center with four quarterfinal games ... The semifinals and championship game will take place Friday and Saturday at Honda Center ... Additional ticket information for the 2014 Big West Tournament is available at hondacenter.com ... For up-to-date team schedules and general information regarding the 2014 Big West Tournament, please visit BigWestTournament.com