Jan. 18, 2010
The second of a three-game road trip takes Cal State Northridge to the Pacific Northwest where the Matadors face Seattle University in a non-league game on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 ... Tipoff is slated for 7:10 p.m. at Key Arena at Seattle Center, the former home of the NBA's Seattle Sonics ... The Sonics have since moved to Oklahoma City ... From Seattle, Cal State Northridge gets back into the thick of the Big West Conference regular season race with a game at Cal Poly (1/23/10, 7:00 p.m.) ... The Matadors stand at 2-3 ... The Matadors have won their last two conference games, including a gritty 78-72 victory at Cal State Fullerton (1/16/10) ... It was the third straight win over the Titans on their home court ... Cal State Northridge is trying 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 ... The Matadors return home to The Matadome on Jan. 28 against Big West pre-season favorite Long Beach State (7:05 p.m.) and Jan. 30 against another league contender UC Santa Barbara (1/30/10, 7:05 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 (.523), has hit 22-of-37 shots from the floor in the last five games for .595 ... Daniels has collected six 3-pointers in his last nine attempts for 67 percent in his last four games ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has recorded a team-best five double-doubles (points-rebounds) this season ... Only T.J. Robinson (Long Beach State) with ten has more double-doubles ... Daniel has three double-doubles in his last five games ... In CSUN's last game, a 78-72 victory at Cal State Fullerton (1/16/10), Daniel tallied 20 points (7-for-17 from the floor) along with a game-high 12 rebounds ... In CSUN's recent 98-90 victory over Seattle (1/10/10), Daniel tallied a team-high 12 rebounds along with eleven rebounds ... 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 13 games, Daniel has averaged 9.2 rebounds per game (120 rebounds) ... During that span, Daniel has collected ten or more rebounds in five games ... Daniel has now raised his season rebound average to 8.0 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 six games ... Osunsanmi is making the most of that opportunity ... Osunsanmi has grabbed 33 rebounds in those games, an average of 5.5 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 six games, Hill has collected 21 assists compared to eleven turnovers ... McGhee has 14 assists compared to eight turnovers in the last six 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 8.0 rpg ... Daniel ranks third in blocked shots (19, 1.1 bpg) ... Kenny Daniels (6-6, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) is third and ninth, respectively, in field goal percentage (.523) and scoring (14.9 ppg) ... Daniels also ranks fifth in free throw percentage (.806) ... Vinnie McGhee (6-0, 165, RS Sophomore, Guard, Oakland, Ca) is sixth in the Big West Conference in three-pointers made at 1.9 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).
Defensive Dialogue/Charity Clips
During CSUN's recent three game winning streak, defense has taken center stage in the team's success ... During that time, opponents are only shooting .376 (67-of-178) from the floor ... From three-point territory, the opponents have only hit 24-of-72 shots from behind the arc for .333 ... The Matadors have forced 48 turnovers in the three games, and collected 21 steals and eleven blocks ... In the 64-50 win over UC Riverside (1/14/10), 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 ... In the last two games, Cal State Northridge has hit 47-of-58 free throws for .810.
The latest Big West overall stats show that CSUN is first in rebounding (37.9 rpg), second in scoring offense (72.4 ppg) and steals (7.6 spg), and third in blocked shots (46, 2.7 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 684-726 (.485) ... In the 1,410 games that Cal State Northridge has played since the inaugural 1958-59 campaign, the Matadors have scored 104,064 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.
Seattle Stats/Series Story
The Matador current three-game winning streak began on Jan. 11 with a 98-90 victory over Seattle University at The Matadome ... The 98 points was a season-high ... Vinnie McGhee (6-0, 165, RS Sophomore, Guard, Oakland, Ca) came off the bench to collect a career-high 22 points (9-of-10 from the free throw line) in 21 minutes of play ... Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 200, Junior, G/F, Richmond, Va) returned to action after missing eight games with a back injury with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes off the bench ... Kenny Daniels (6-4-, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) had 19 points while Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) collected a double-double (points-rebounds) with 12 rebounds and eleven points ... Charles Garcia (6-10, 230, Junior, Center, Los Angeles, Ca) attracted eight NBA scouts to the game and responded with 34 points (12-of-18 from the free throw line) along with 14 rebounds ... The victory gave CSUN a 2-0 lead in the series with Seattle University ... Both CSUN wins have been at The Matadome ... The Redhawks are 8-11 overall with a 4-2 mark at home ... Garcia is the scoring and rebound leader at 21.1 ppg and 8.9 rbg ... Chris Gweth (6-1, 175, Senior, Guard, Beaverton, Or), Aaron Broussard (6-5, 205, Sophomore, Forward, Federal Wa, Ca) and Cervante Burrell (5-10, 170, Sophomore, Guard, Sacramento, Ca) are double-digit scorers at 12.3 ppg, 10.6 ppg and 10.2 ppg, respectively.
Bobby Braswell is in his 14th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... His overall record is 212-191 ... 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 ... Cameron Dollar is in his first season as head coach at Seattle University ... As a player, Dollar helped UCLA to the 1995 NCAA championship.