Cal State Northridge vs Cal Poly In 86th Series Meeting

Jan. 21, 2011

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Northridge Notes Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly are quite familiar with each other ... The longest running rivalry in Matador basketball history is the series against the Mustangs that dates back to February 5, 1960 ... That first game resulted in a Mustang win, 95-73, in San Luis Obispo ... The 1959-60 season was only the second year of collegiate basketball for then San Fernando Valley State College (now Cal State Northridge) ... Jim Malkin led the Matadors in scoring that year at 19.7 ppg ... Malkin shot .674 from the floor ... Malkin still resides in the Matador record book with 1,292 points (1959-62), fifth-best in school history ... Pushing ahead to 2010-11, Cal State Northridge hosts Cal Poly on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at 1:05 p.m. ... The game will be televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket with Ron Pitts, Michael Cage and Crystina Poncher providing the broadcast chores ... Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) is certainly make a case for Big West first team honors ... Daniel is #1 in the league in field goal percentage (.577), third in rebounding (9.5 rpg), and #4 in scoring (16.4 ppg) and blocked shots (19, 1.06 bpg) ... Daniel has generated nine double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year, second-best in the Big West Conference.

Freshman Focus
*** Several freshmen are starting to get a chance to get sizable minutes on the court ... Josh Greene (6-0, 175, Freshman, Guard, Lakeview Terrace, Ca) has averaged more than 18 minutes per game in his last five games ... Greene has responded by averaging 8.8 ppg and shooting .485 (16-for-33) from the floor during that span ... Greene scored 17 points against UCR (1/13/11) ... Jordan Mitchell (6-8, 185, Freshman, Forward, Gardena, Ca) has started the last two games ... Mitchell collected a season-high four rebounds in his first collegiate start against CSF (1/15/11) and followed up with a season-high three blocks against Seattle (1/19/11) ... Aqeel Quinn (6-4, 190, Freshman, Guard, Lawndale, Ca) has averaged 9.5 ppg in his last two games ... During that span, Quinn has hit 4-of-6 shots, is 10-for-10 from the charity line, dished out six assists and grabbed six rebounds.

Conference Chatter *** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) is #1 in the Big West field goal percentage (.577), third in rebounding (9.5 rpg), and fourth in scoring (16.4 ppg) and blocks (19, 1.05 bpg) ... Daniel has grabbed ten or more rebounds in ten games, including a career-high 15 boards at Air Force (12/2/109) ... Daniel is shooting .629 (100-for-159) from the floor in his last 14 games.
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has nine double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year, second-best in the Big West Conference behind Sam Williard of Pacific with 13.
*** Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) is #4 in assists (4.06 apg) ... In four games, Lyles has dished out seven or more assists, including a career-high nine against Vanguard (11/20/10) and against Cal State Fullerton (1/15/11).
*** Vinnie McGhee (5-10, 165, Junior, Guard, Oakland, Ca) is eighth in the BWC in three-pointers made (32, 1.78 pg).
*** Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) is eighth in the league in scoring (15.3 ppg).
*** Michael Lizarraga (6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Dixon, Ca) is ninth in the BWC in blocked shots (11, 0.61 bpg).
*** Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) is seventh in the BWC in blocks (15) at 0.94 per game ... Eteuati blocked a season-high three blocks in games against DePaul (11/26/10) and at Air Force (12/2/10).
*** Cal State Northridge is ranked #3 in the Big West in blocked shots (3.33 bpg) and steals (7.11 spg).

Lenny's Ledger *** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has moved to the top of the scoring charts for Cal State Northridge ... After scoring only two points and shooting 0-for-12 from the floor in the first two games of the year, Daniel has caught fire on the offensive and defensive ends of the court ... In the last 14 games, Daniel has averaged 19.4 points (271 points) and 10.1 rebounds (141 rebounds) per game while shooting .629 (100-for-159) from the floor.
*** Daniel has now upped his season average from 1.0 ppg in the first two games to 16.4 ppg (#4 in the BWC).
*** Daniel is shooting .577 (109-for-189) from the floor, #1 in the Big West Conference.
*** Daniel is now third in the Big West Conference in rebounding at 9.5 per game.
*** Daniel has recorded seven double-doubles in his last ten games ... Against Cal Lutheran (12/7/10), Daniel tied his career-high in points (31) and field goals (15-for-18) along with 13 rebounds and three blocks.
*** Daniel has recorded 17 double-doubles in two seasons at Cal State Northridge.
*** The superb performance by Daniel at the recent 76 Classic in Anaheim netted the senior forward Big West Player of the Week honors ... Daniel averaged 20.7 points (#2 in the tournament) and led all rebounders (10.3 rpg) during the three-game tournament that featured a high quality field of eight teams, five of whom competed in NCAA or NIT post-season competition last year ... In helping Cal State Northridge to an 86-66 victory over DePaul (11/26/10) of the Big East Conference, Daniel scored a career-high 31 points (11-for-15 from the floor) along with a game-high ten rebounds ... The 31 points scored by Daniel against DePaul were the most points scored by any player in the 76 Classic, and the third-best scoring effort in the four-year history of the tournament ... The 31-point, ten-rebound performance against DePaul also gave Cal State Northridge its first victory over a Big East school in the 53-year history of Matador history ... In the first game of the 76 Classic, Daniel collected 13 rebounds against Virginia Tech (11/25/10), the most by any player in the 76 Classic ... In the final game of the 76 Classic on Sunday, Daniel scored 24 points (9-for-12 from the floor) along with eight rebounds and two blocks against Tulsa ... Daniel was outstanding from the field at the 76 Classic, hitting 23-of-36 shots for .639.
*** Daniel has blocked 19 shots (#4 in the BWC, 1.06 bpg) this year to give him 63 for his career, fifth-best in school history.

Matador Memo *** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va), who has collected double-digit rebounds in ten games this year, is trying to accomplish a feat that hasn't been accomplished since the 1971-72 season ... No CSUN player has grabbed at least ten rebounds per game since Paul McCracken grabbed 12.0 boards per game in `71-72 ... Daniel is currently averaging 9.5 rebounds per game.

Schedule saga *** Challenging is always the trademark of the CSUN basketball schedule, and this year is no exception.
*** CSUN started the year with two games against Pac-10 schools at UCLA (L, 53-80, 11/12/10) and at California (L, 63-80, 11/16/10).
*** In Bobby Braswell's previous 14 years as head coach at CSUN, the Matadors have scheduled at least one Pac-10 school in 13 of those years ... The Pac-10 opponents have included Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
*** CSUN competed against national notables Virginia Tech (L, 56-72, 11/25/10), DePaul (W, 88-66, 11/26/10) and Tulsa (L, 63-80, 11/28/10) in the 76 Classic (11/25 to 11/28/10) at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Television Tale
*** Five Cal State Northridge men's basketball games will appear on ESPN's family of networks and Fox Sports Net.
*** CSUN's game at Denver (12/4/10) was televised on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain.
*** CSUN's three games (Virginia Tech, DePaul, Tulsa) at the 76 Classic (Nov. 25-28) were televised live on ESPNU.
*** One Big West Conference game will be televised on Fox Sports Net (Prime) ... That game will be CSUN's home contest against Cal Poly on Saturday, January 22 ... Game time at The Matadome is 1:00 p.m.
*** CSUN will have other opportunities to be on television during the 2010-11 season ... The ESPN Brackbuster games that are slated either Friday (Feb. 18), Saturday (Feb. 19) or Sunday (Feb. 20) will be on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU ... The semi-finals of the Big West Tournament on Friday, March 11, will be televised on ESPNU ... The BWC Championship game will be seen on ESPN2.

Mustang Memo
*** Cal Poly is 8-9 overall and 4-2 in the Big West Conference ... The Mustangs are 5-6 on the road ... David Hanson (6-5, 210, Junior, Forward, Plymouth, Mn) and Shawn Lewis (6-4, 215, Senior, Guard, Oakland, Ca) are double-digit scorers at 15.6 ppg and 12.8 ppg, respectively ... Will Donahue (6-8, 240, Junior, Center, Gilbert, Az) leads in rebounding (9.2 rpg).

Series Story
*** The oldest school series in CSUN history (85 games) is against Cal Poly ... Cal Poly holds a 44-41 advantage ... However, CSUN has won five of the last six games including their last meeting, a 73-68 decision at The Matadome last year (2/17/10) ... Lenny Daniel (6-8, 250, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) led the Matadors with 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Close Calls
*** Over the last two seasons, CSUN has played in ten games (2-8) decided by three points or less ... CSUN has played in five one-point games (0-5) during that span. *** Go figure ... CSUN lost to Air Force (63-72, 12/2/10)) despite the fact they scored more baskets (23-to-21) and outrebounded the Falcons (49-to-30), lost to Denver (63-66, 12/4/10) despite the fact CSUN scored more baskets (18-to-15) and outrebounded Denver (31-to-22), and lost at Seattle (1/8/11) despite holding the Redhawks to only 37 percent shooting, 21 percent from behind the arc, and forcing Seattle into 20 turnovers ... In a rematch game against Seattle (1/19/11), the Matadors held the Redhawks to .349 shooting and .133 from behind the arc but lost 75-68.

Final Facts
*** For the first time in the 53-year history of Cal State Northridge basketball, the Matadors scored a win over a Big East school when they scored a 88-66 win over DePaul (11/26/10).
*** Lenny Daniel, Dathan Lyles & Rashaun McLemore are serving as team captains this year.
*** With nine new players, including seven freshmen, on the 15-man CSUN roster in 2010-11, this is the youngest team head coach Bobby Braswell will coach as he is in the midst of his 15th season as head coach at Cal State Northridge ... CSUN only has nine years of NCAA season experience, three of those seasons by senior Michael Lizarraga ... Only UC Riverside (7 years) have a younger Big West Conference team than Cal State Northridge.
*** Cal State Northridge has employed nine different starting lineups in 18 games this year.
*** The Matadors, thus far, feature one of the top 1-2 scoring combinations in the Big West Conference ... Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) is averaging 16.4 ppg (#3 in the BWC) while Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 2-5. Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) checks in at 15.3 ppg (#6 in the league) ... The combined scoring total of 31.7 ppg by Daniel and McLemore is the highest 1-2 Cal State Northridge scoring combination since the 2000-01 season when Brian Heinle averaged 20.2 ppg and John Burrell checked in at 14.6 ppg.
*** Four of CSUN's five wins have been by 22 points or more.

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