Jan. 11, 2010
Cal State Northridge takes a break from the rigors of Big West competition with a non-league game against Seattle University at The Matadome ... Game time is 8:00 p.m. ... At 6:00 p.m., the Matador women's basketball team hosts Cal State Bakersfield ... The game has attracted NBA scouts from five teams (Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs) to check on Seattle junior forward Charles Garcia, who is averaging 21.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
Some interesting notes about Kenny Daniels (6-6, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) memorable 39 points against Idaho (12/3/09) ... The 39 points was third-best for a single game in Cal State Northridge history ... Only 40 points by Mark Cooley at Cal State Fullerton (2/18/67) and a school record 47 points by Ollie Carter vs Westmont (2/1/66) ... Daniels hit 12-of-17 shots along with 13 of 15 free throws ... Daniels completed the evening with ten rebounds in 31 minutes of play ... The 39 points is the most by a Big West player in 2009-10.
Kenny Daniels' (6-6, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) 39 points against Idaho (12/3/09) remains a Big West best in 2009-10 ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has recorded a team-best three double-doubles (points-rebounds) this season ... In a recent game at UC Davis (1/4/09), Daniel recorded team-highs in points (21) and rebounds (12) ... Daniel, a junior forward, collected 14 points and 13 rebounds against Denver (12/8/09), and 12 points and 14 rebounds vs Cal State Bakersfield (11/30/09) ... In his last ten games, Daniel has averaged 8.8 rebounds per game ... During that span, Daniel has collected ten or more rebounds in three games ... Daniels has now raised his season rebound average to 7.4 rpg, fourth-best in the league ... Tony Osunsnami (6-4, 190, Senior, Forward, Ontario, Ca) has been a reserve during his three-year Matador career, but he has started the last three games ... Osunsanmi is making the most of that opportunity ... Osunsanmi has grabbed 16 rebounds in those games.
Several Matador players are among the leaders in the Big West stats ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) ranks fourth at 7.4 rpg ... Kenny Daniels (6-6, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) is fourth and ninth, respectively, in field goal percentage (.520) and scoring (14.3 ppg) ... Daniels also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.775).
The 2009-10 season marks the 52nd season of Cal State Northridge basketball ... Since the program's inception in 1958-59, the Matadors have posted an all-time record of 681-726 (.484) ... In the 1,407 games that Cal State Northridge has played since the inaugural 1958-59 campaign, the Matadors have scored 103,824 points.
Cal State Northridge will be among eight schools that will be a part of the fourth annual 76 Classic to be held on Thanksgiving weekend in 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center ... In addition to the Matadors, the tournament field will included Oklahoma State (Big 12), Penn State (Big Ten), DePaul (Big east), Stanford (Pac-10), Tulsa (Conference USA), UNLV (Mountain West) and Virginia Tech (ACC) ... The 76 Classic features four games each day through three days, Nov. 25, 26 and 28 ... Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a backet-tournament format ... The team teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on Sunday, Nov. 28 ... The Big West Conference is hosting the 76 Classic ... Games will be televised on ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN2 ... The Big West Conference and the Honda Center (home of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks) have teamed up to form a five-yeaer partnership to host the annual men and women's post-season basketball tournament beginning in 2011 ... The Big West Tournament is the oldest NCAA Division I post-season basketball tournament in the west dating back to 1976 ... The Big West Tournament has been held at the Anaheim Convention Center (1977-82 and 2001-2010).
The 2009-10 season marks the 35th year the Big West Conference has held a post-season basketball tournament (March 10-13) ... This year's tournament will again be held at the Anaheim Convention Center for the tenth consecutive year ... For ticket information, visit the conference website at www.bigwest.org ... All Big West home games will be available again this year on BigWest.TV ... The conference has partnered with CBS College Sports to bring live coverage of Big West sports to your computer ... Watch all the action at www.BigWest.TV.
The Matadors will make five (possibly seven) regular season television appearances during the 2009-10 season. Cal State Northridge made its Fox Sports debut on Dec. 6 when the Matadors took on the Washington Huskies on FSN Northwest. The Northridge-Colorado contest on Dec. 22 was seen on FSN Rocky Mountain. The Matadors will make three (possibly five) appearances as part of the Big West television package. Cal State Northridge will appear on FSN West on Feb. 6 (at Long Beach State), Feb. 17 (Cal Poly) and Feb. 27 (at UC Irvine). The Matadors could also be selected among wild card games on Jan. 30 and Feb. 24 ... Last season, Cal State Northridge was on television a school record nine times.
Seattle University has a season record of 7-10 with a 3-7 mark on the road ... One of the team's wins was a 99-48 drubbing of Oregon State in Corvallis ... Other top wins include a 77-74 decision over Utah, and 85-84 over Fresno State ... The Redshawks also own victories over Big West members UC Davis (88-78) and UC Irvine (82-81) ... The Redhawks can score points ... Seattle has averaged 80.4 ppg with four players in double-figures ... Junior forward Charles Garcia Jr. is expected to be an NBA first round draft, and this game has attracted the attention of five NBA scouts (Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks) ... Garcia, who is listed at 6-foot-10, 230-pound junior is averaging 21.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game ... Garcia graduated from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, and also played at Riverside City College ... Garcia has been to the free throw line 198 times (tops in the nation) in 17 games along with a team-leading 16 blocks ... Other double-digit scorers are senior guard Chris Gweth (12.2 ppg), sophomore guard Cervante Burrell (10.7 ppg), and sophomore forward Aaron Broussard (10.5 ppg).
Only one other time has Cal State Northridge faced Seattle University in basketball ... On January 7, 1995, the Matadors scored a 88-75 verdict over the Redhawks at The Matadome ... On Jan. 19, Cal State Northridge will visit Seattle to complete the home-and-home series for 2009-10.
Bobby Braswell is in his 14th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... His overall record is 209-191 ... Braswell has guided CSUN to back-to-back Big West regular season championships (2007-08, 2008-09) ... For his efforts, Braswell has been awarded Big West Coach of the Year honors ... Cameron Dollar is in his first season as head coach at Seattle University ... As a player, Dollar helped UCLA win the 1995 NCAA championship.