Complete Press Release - CSUN vs Cal Poly
Cal State Northridge hosts Cal Poly in an important Big West Conference game on Thursday, February 13, 2014 ... Tipoff is slated for 7:00 pm at the Matadome ... Both teams are jockeying for position for a good berth in the upcoming Big West Conference Tournament (March 13-15) in Anaheim (Honda Center) ... 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 ... CSUN head coach Reggie Theus has preached the team to attack the basket ... That game plan has worked ... CSUN is SECOND in the nation in free throws (533), SECOND in free throw percentage (.778) and ELEVENTH in free throw attempts (685) ... BYU is the nation's leader in free throws (558) and free throw attempts (811) ... Providence leads the nation in free throw percentage (.785) ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) is EIGHTH in the nation in free throw percentage (.912) ... The nation's leader remains Brenton Williams of South Carolina at .962 ... Greene is bidding to become just the fourth player in league history to finish above 90 percent on free throws.
At halftime of Thursday's game vs Cal Poly, jersey #58 will be retired to honor the CSUN faculty for their nearly 60 years of academic service and for support to Matador Athletics during times of challenge and propserity ... The #58 jersey also presents the founding year of Cal State Northridge ... This will be the first jersey to be retired in the history of Cal State Northridge Athletics ... By virtue of being retired, no other CSUN student-athlete will wear the #58 jersey during ahtletic competition.
Cal State Northridge has 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 1,244 of the team's 1,880 points, or .662 percent of the total offense.
Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca), Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) and Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) have played more than the majority of minutes in 2013-14 ... Greene has averaged 34.5 mpg, Hicks has averaged 33.9 mpg, and Maxwell has averaged 33.1 mpg this year, second, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Big West Conference this year ... All three players have played 30 or more minutes 59 times in 2013-14 ... Maxwell has played 30 or minutes in 14 straight games.
Free Throw Facts (Part #1)
Free throw efforts of .845 (71-for-84) in the last two games (at UCD on 2/6/14, vs CSF on 2/8/14) have lifted Cal State Northridge to SECOND in the nation in free throw percentage (.778, 533-for-685) ... The nation's leader is Providence at .785 ... 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 13 games, CSUN has hit 80 percent better ... Cal State Northridge is SECOND in the country in free throws made (533) ... The nation's leader is BYU with 588.
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 115 games in four seasons at CSUN with a career free throw percentage of .864 (second-best in school history) ... The career school record holder is Chuck Malouf (1961-64) at .867 ... Hicks has played in 80 games (75 as a starter) in three seasons with the Matadors with a free throw percentage of .797, eighth-best in CSUN history ... In 2013-14, Greene is hitting .912 (114-for-125) from the foul line, tops in the Big West Conference and eighth-best in the country ... The nation's leader is Brenton Williams of South Carolina at .962 ... Greene's .912 free throw percentage is currently ahead of the school record of .869 set by Chuck Malouf set in 1963-64 ... Greene is also trying to become only the fourth player in Big West Conference history to shoot 90 percent or better in a season ... 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 59-of-61 (.967) in his last ten games ... Hicks is at .776 (114-for-147), fourth-best in the conference ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Sophomore, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) checks in at .757 (131-for-173), seventh-best in the conference.
Cal State Northridge has chalked up a 12-13 overall record and a 4-6 mark in the Big West Conference in 2013-14 ... CSUN 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 9-2 home record at the Matadome ... CSUN has played four overtime games (3-1) this year, including three of the last four games ... Only two other times in the 56-year history of Matador basketball has the team payed four overtimes in a season.
conference cheersCSUN is ranked among the top schools in several categories in the Big West Conference ... The Matadors are atop the league in free throw percentage (.778, #2 in the nation) and in steals (7.0 spg), second in scoring offense (75.2 ppg), and third in three-point field goal percentage (.358) and rebound margin (+2.8).
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 oldest series in Cal State Northridge history will be renewed when the Matadors host Cal Poly on Thursday night (2/13/14) ... It will be the 93rd meeting with the Mustangs holding a 49-43 lead ... The first game between the Matadors and Cal Poly took place on February 5, 1960 with the Mustangs winning, 95-73, in San Luis Obispo ... Earlier this year, CSUN dropped a 62-52 decision to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) led the Mustangs with 16 points (10-for-12 from the free throw line) along with five rebounds ... Tre Hale-Edmerson (6-7, 215, Sophomore, Forward, Sheridan, Or) added 13 points and eight rebounds ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) added ten points ... Cal Poly has beaten Cal State Northridge three straight times including a 81-61 decision last year at the Matadome ... Greene led the Matadors with 19 points whlie Hicks chipped in with 16 points ... CSUN holds a 27-17 advantage in games played on CSUN's home court. mustang maniaCal Poly has chalked up a 8-14 overall mark, and a 4-5 record in the Big West Conference ... The Mustangs are 2-9 on the road ... Defense is a strength for Cal Poly ... The Mustangs lead the conference in scoring defense (63.8 ppg) and three-point field goal defense (.328) ... Chris Eversley and Dave Nwaba are the team's top scorers at 13.2 and 11.9 ppg, respctively ... Eversley leads the team in rebounding at 7.1 rpg (#7 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 34.5 mpg (#2 in the BWC) ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) checks in at 33.9 mpg (#5 in the BWC) ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) has played 33.1 mpg (#6 in the BWC) ... Hicks has played 32 or more minutes in 20 of the 25 games ... That included 41 of 45 minutes in CSUN's 80-77 overtime victory over Austin Peay (11/22/13), and another 41 minutes in the 92-83 overtime win over Cal State Fullerton (2/8/14) ... Greene has charted 30 or more minutes in 21 games ... Greene played 43 of a possible 45 minutes in the overtime game at UC Davis (2/6/14) and in next game, 41 minutes vs Cal State Fullerton (2/8/14) ... Maxwell has clocked 32 or more minutes in 18 games ... Maxwell has logged 33 or more minutes in 18 straight 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 28.3 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 was set from 2001-05 ... Greene's record breaker came with 5:57 in the second half against the Lumberjacks ... Greene currently has 205 three-pointers ... Greene has attempted 536 career three-pointers, another school record ... Greene is ahead of the school record for single season free throw percentage ... Greene is .912 (114-for-125) 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 1,375 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 1,375 career points are third-best in school history ... Greene has attempted 1,048 field goal attempts, fourth-best in school history ... Greene's career free throw percentage is .864 (356-412) is second-best in the Matador record book ... Greene has dished out 317 career assists, fifth-best in Matador annals ... Greene has played 3,200 career minutes (27.8 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 1,271 points, seventh-best in school history ... Hicks' 15.9 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 373 career free throws, third-best in school history ... Hicks' .797 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 75 career blocks, fourth-best in school history, and seven short of the school record set by Thomas Shewmake (2003-07) ... Hale-Edmerson's 45 blocks this season is a single season school record.
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).
Matadome memoThe 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.