Jan. 15, 2010
The first of a three-game road trip begins at Cal State Fullerton where Cal State Northridge attempts to get back into the thick of the Big West Conference regular season race ... The Matadors stand at 1-3 while the Titans reside in first place at 3-1 ... Game time on Saturday, January 16, is 6:05 p.m. at Titan Gym (4,000) ... Cal State Northridge is looking to become only the fourth program in Big West history to capture three straight regular season titles - shared or outright ... The Matadors earned a three-way share of the title in 2007-08 at 12-4 ... CSUN boasted the outright championship last season with an 11-5 mark ... CSUN then won the Big West Tournament title for the first time, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament ... Following the game at Cal State Fullerton (1/16/10), Cal State Fullerton travels to Seattle University (1/19/10, 7:10 p.m.) followed by a Jan. 23 conference date at Cal Poly (1/23/10, 7:00 p.m.).
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 ... Daniels, who is third in the BWC in field goal percentage (.536), has hit 19-of-28 shots from the floor in the last four games for .679 ... Daniels has collected six 3-pointers in his last nine attempts for 67 percent in his last three games ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has recorded a team-best four double-doubles (points-rebounds) this season ... Only T.J. Robinson (Long Beach State) with nine, Will Donahue (Cal Poly) and Joe Harden (UC Davis) with five have more double-doubles ... UCR's Kyle Austin has four double-doubles along with CSUN's Daniel ... Daniel has two double-doubles in his last four games ... In CSUN's recent 98-90 victory over Seattle (1/10/10), Daniel tallied a team-high 12 rebounds along with eleven rebounds ... In a recent game at UC Davis (1/4/09), Daniel recorded team-highs in points (21) and rebounds (12) ... Daniel 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 12 games, Daniel has averaged 9.0 rebounds per game ... During that span, Daniel has collected ten or more rebounds in four games ... Daniel has now raised his season rebound average to 7.8 rpg, second-best in the league ... Daniel collected five blocks against UC Riverside (1/14/10), one short of the school record ... Tony Osunsnami (6-4, 190, Senior, Forward, Ontario, Ca) has been a reserve during his three-year Matador career, but has started the last five games ... Osunsanmi is making the most of that opportunity ... Osunsanmi has grabbed 29 rebounds in those games, an average of 5.8 boards per game ... Mark Hill's (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) and Vinnie McGhee's (6-0, 165, RS Sophomore, Oakland, Ca) assist-to-turnover ratios are improving ... In the last five games, Hill has collected 19 assists compared to eight turnovers ... McGhee has 14 assists compared to five assists in the last five games.
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) are better ... 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.
Cal State Northridge has seen a lot of the country during the 2009-10 season ... The travel itinerary has included games at Purdue (11/13/09), at the Pre-Season NIT Tournament at Arizona State (11/16, 11/17/09), at Western Kentucky (11/23/09), at Washington (12/6/09), at Denver (12/8/09), and at Colorado (12/22/09) ... Another road trip looms at Seattle on Jan. 19 ... The longest trip was the game at Purdue (11/13/09) in West Lafayette, Ind., a distance from CSUN to Purdue of 2,113 miles ... The trip from CSUN to Western Kentucky (11/23/09) was 1,847 miles.
Several Matador players are among the leaders in the Big West stats ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) ranks second at 7.8 rpg ... Daniel ranks third in blocked shots (18, 1.1 bpg) ... Kenny Daniels (6-6, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) is third and ninth, respectively, in field goal percentage (.536) and scoring (14.8 ppg) ... Daniels also ranks fifth in free throw percentage (.800) ... Vinnie McGhee (6-0, 165, RS Sophomore, Guard, Oakland, Ca) is sixth in the Big West Conference in three-pointers made at 1.8 per game.
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 two 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-year 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).
In a game span of three days, the Matador defense improved by 40 points ... Against Seattle (1/11/10), CSUN surrended 90 points, but then three days later, the Matadors clamped down on UC Riverside's offensive attack by giving up only 50 points ... In the win over UCR, CSUN gave up a season-low 50 points, held the Highlanders to only 29 percent shooting (15 percent in the second half), and outrebounded UCR (41-34) ... A 17-2 run in the last 6:38 of the game turned a 48-47 UCR lead into CSUN's eleventh straight victory over the Highlanders.
The latest Big West overall stats show that CSUN is first in rebounding (37.9 rpg), second in scoring offense (72.0 ppg) and second in steals (7.7 spg), and third in blocked shots (45, 2.8 bpg) ... The 98 points scored by CSUN over Seattle (1/11/10) is the second--best effort by a Big West team this year ... UC Davis scored 99 points against Winston-Salem State (11/15/09).
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 683-726 (.485) ... In the 1,409 games that Cal State Northridge has played since the inaugural 1958-59 campaign, the Matadors have scored 103,986 points.
The Matadors will make five (possibly six) 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 four) 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 a wild card game on Feb. 24 ... Last season, Cal State Northridge was on television a school record nine times.
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 media predicted a seventh place finish for Cal State Fullerton during the Big West regular season, but the latest standings find the Titans in first place at 3-1 ... CSF is 8-7 overall ... The Titans are 6-0 at home ... Their lastest home victim was Cal Poly (1/14/10), 68-54 ... Gerald Anderson (6-6, 205, Senior, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) led the offensive attack with 20 points (12-of-16 from the free throw line) along with five rebounds ... Jer'Vaughn Johnson (6-6, 240, RS Junior, Compton, Ca) added 17 points (9-for-11 from the free throw line) along with a game-high ten rebounds ... Among CSF's eight wins are decisions over UCLA (68-65, 2ot) and New Mexico State (84-73) ... Vaughn leads the team in scoring (10.6 ppg) followed by Jacques Streeter (6-0, 175, Sophomore, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) at 10.5 ppg and Aaron Thompson (6-4, 190, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) at 10.3 ppg ... Thompson leads the BWC in three-point field goal percentage (24-40, .600) ... The Titans are first in the BWC in free throw percentage (.732) ... Cal State Fullerton is shooting .449 from the floor, #2 in the conference.
Cal State Fullerton holds a 33-25 advantage over Cal State Northridge ... The Matadors, however, have won the last two games played at Titan Gym including a 90-64 decision to open the Big West regular season last year ... Willie Galick was among several Matador stars with 17 points (7-for-8 from the floor) along with 13 rebounds.
Bobby Braswell is in his 14th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... His overall record is 211-191 ... Braswell has guided CSUN to back-to-back Big West regular season championships (2007-08, 2008-09) ... For his efforts, Braswell was awarded Big West Coach of the Year honors ... Bob Burton is in his seventh season as head coach at Cal State Fullerton ... His Titan record is 115-84.