February 14, 2014

CSUN Travels To First Place UC Santa Barbara

Complete Press Release - CSUN @ UC Santa Barbara

Northridge Notes

Cal State Northridge travels north to UC Santa Barbara for a Big West Conference game on Saturday, February 15, 2014 ... Tipoff at the Thunderdome will be 4:00 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 ... 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 (546), SECOND in free throw percentage (.778) and ELEVENTH in free throw attempts (702) ... BYU is the nation's leader in free throws (581) and free throw attempts (844) ... Providence leads the nation in free throw percentage (.786) ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) is EIGHTH in the nation in free throw percentage (.913) ... 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. 

Team Totals
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 1,284 of the team's 1,970 points, or .651 percent of the total offense.

Iron Incidentals
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 34.7 mpg, Hicks has averaged 34.0 mpg, and Maxwell has averaged 33.2 mpg this year, second, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Big West Conference this year ... All three players have played 30 or more minutes 62 times in 2013-14 ... Maxwell has played 30 or minutes in 15 straight games.  

Free Throw Facts (Part #1)
Free throw efforts of .831 (84-for-101) in the last three games (at UCD on 2/6/14, vs CSF on 2/8/14, vs Cal Poly on 2/13/14) has lifted Cal State Northridge to SECOND in the nation in free throw percentage (.778, 546-for-702) ... The nation's leader is Providence at .786 ... CSUN is taking aim at the school record for single season free throw percentage ... The .778 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 (546) ... The nation's leader is BYU with 581. 

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 116 games in four seasons at CSUN with a career free throw percentage of .865 (second-best in school history) ... The career school record holder is Chuck Malouf (1961-64) at .867 ... Hicks has played in 81 games (76 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 .913 (116-for-127) 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 .963 ... Greene's .913 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 61-of-63 (.968) in his last eleven games ... Hicks is at .781 (118-for-151), fourth-best in the conference ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Sophomore, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) checks in at .750 (135-for-180), seventh-best in the conference. 

Season Story
Cal State Northridge has chalked up a 12-14 overall record and a 4-7 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 five games by seven points or less ... CSUN has chalked up a 9-3 home record at the Matadome ... CSUN has played four overtime games (3-1) this year, including three of the last five games ... Only two other times in the 56-year history of Matador basketball has the team played four overtimes in a season. 

Conference Cheers
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 (.778, #2 in the nation) and in steals (7.0 spg), second in scoring offense (74.4 ppg), and third in three-point field goal percentage (.352) and rebound margin (+2.6). 

Radio Report
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. 

Series Story
Cal State Northridge will be meeting for the 50th time when the Matadors travel to UCSB on Saturday (2/15/14) ... The Gauchos lead the series, 33-16, which includes victories in five of the last six games ... That includes a 79-69 UCSB win at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 18, 2014 ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) led the Matador attack with 27 points (12-for-12 from the free throw line) ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) added 18 points and ten rebounds for CSUN ... Five UCSB players scored in double figures.  gaucho gossipAlan Williams, a Big West Conference Player of the Year candidate, leads UC Santa Barbara at 22.8 points (#1 in the BWC) and 11.3 rebounds per game (#1 in the BWC) ... Williams also leads the Gauchos in blocks (46) and field goal percentage (.557) ... Other double-digit scorers are Kyle Boswell (11.3 ppg) and Michael Bryson (11.0 ppg). 

Minutes Memo
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 34.7 mpg (#2 in the BWC) ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) checks in at 34.0 mpg (#5 in the BWC) ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) has played 33.2 mpg (#6 in the BWC) ... Hicks has played 32 or more minutes in 21 of the 26 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 22 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 19 games ... Maxwell has logged 33 or more minutes in 19 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 28.5 mpg and Landon Drew (6-1, 175, Sophomore, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) at 24.4 mpg ... Seven of the 12 players are averaging in double-digits in minutes played. 

Maxwell's Memo
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 

Reggie Review
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's Tale
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.'s Jargon
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

Record Report
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 207 three-pointers ... Greene has attempted 543 career three-pointers, another school record ... Greene is ahead of the school record for single season free throw percentage ... Greene is .913 (116-for-127) 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 1,385 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 1,385 career points are third-best in school history ... Greene has attempted 1,059 field goal attempts, fourth-best in school history ... Greene's career free throw percentage is .865 (358-414) is second-best in the Matador record book ... Greene has dished out 321 career assists, fifth-best in Matador annals ... Greene has played 3,238 career minutes (27.9 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 1,283 points, seventh-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 377 career free throws, second-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 79 career blocks, third-best in school history, and three short of the school record set by Thomas Shewmake (2003-07) ... Hale-Edmerson's 49 blocks this season is a single season school record. 

Footnote Facts
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 Memo
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. 

Tournament Time
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.