February 4, 2009

Cal State Northridge vs Cal State Bakersfield

Feb. 4, 2009

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Game Gossip...
Cal State Northridge takes a break from the rigors of the Big West Conference for a non-league rematch on Thursday, February 5, against Cal State Bakersfield ... Tipoff at The Matadome is slated for 7:05 p.m. ... It will be CSUN's only game this week ... The big news to start the week is the fact that Josh Jenkins was named Big West Conference co-Player of the Week along with CSF's Josh Akognon ... In helping lead the Matadors to wins at UC Santa Barbara (72-70, 1/29/09) and at Cal Poly (79-68, 1/31/09), Jenkins scored 31 points (7-for-11 from 3-point territory), and collected 13 assists including the game winning assist to Vincent Cordell with eleven seconds to play to win the game at UCSB.

Defensive Dialogue...
Following a 91-87 loss to Cal State Fullerton (1/21/09), head coach Bobby Braswell made it very clear to the Matadors that DEFENSE wins games ... Since that time, the Matadors have won three straight games, thanks in part to their defensive intensity ... In wins over UC Irvine (74-55, 1/24/09), at UCSB (1/29/09) and at Cal Poly (79-68, 1/31/09), CSUN has held the opposition to a .362 shooting percentage (59-for-163) ... In all three games, the Matadors have outrebounded their opponents (123-97), collected 48 steals, and collected 21 steals.

Matador Memo...
Cal State Northridge has taken over the lead in the Big West Conference in scoring offense (74.4 ppg) ... The Matadors are also first in the conference in reoubnding (38.2 ppg), field goal pct. defense (.418) and steals (8.21 spg) ... Cal State Northridge remains second in the Big West in scoring margin (+2.1), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.324), rebounding margin (+3.3) and assists (14.74 apg).

Roadrunner Report...
Cal State Bakersfield is 6-15 in 2008-09 ... The Roadrunners feature two double-digit scorers in Trent Blakely (13.7 pg) and Santwon Latunde (11.9 ppg) ... Latunde is the team's top rebounder (7.6 rpg).

Series Saga...
Cal State Bakersfield leads the series, 20-19 ... Earlier this year at CSUB (11/21/08), the Roadrunners posted a 67-65 victory over CSUN thanks in part to 17 points apiece by Santwon Latunde and Donavan Bragg ... Latunde collected a game-high 14 rebounds.

Fast Facts...
Tremaine Townsend (6-9, 225, Center, Phoenix, Az) continues to attack the boards in an attempt to win the conference rebounding title for a second straight season ... In the last six games, Townsend has grabbed 74 rebounds (12.3 rpg) including 12 at UC Riverside (1/14/09), a season-high 16 boards at Long Beach State (1/17/09), 13 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton (1/21/09), 15 rebounds against UC Irvine (1/24/09), nine at UCSB (1/29/09) and nine at Cal Poly (1/31/09) ... In six games this year, Townsend has grabbed double-digits in rebounds ... Last year, Townsend became the first player in CSUN history to lead the league in rebounding (9.9 rpg) ... This season, Townsend has moved to the top of the rebounding leading board in the conference at 8.8 rpg ... The 50 career blocks by Townsend has moved him into fifth place in the CSUN record book ... Townsend is averaging 11.9 ppg, second-best on the Matadors and tenth-best in the league ... Rob Haynes (6-4, 185, Senior, Guard, Cerritos, Ca) has quietly put together an excellent season in 2008-09 ... Haynes has scored in double-digits in 12 of the 19 games including a career-high 18 points (6-for-8 from the floor, 4-for-6 from behind the arc) at Cal State Fullerton (12/29/08) and another 18 points against UC Davis (1/5/09) ... Haynes, a team captain, is shooting .475 (38-for-80) from behind the arc, tops on the team and fifth-best in the Big West Conference ... In his last ten games, Haynes has hit 27-of-48 shots from behind the arc for .563 ... Haynes has made at least one 3-pointer in 17 straight games ... Overall from the field, in ten of the last 12 games, Haynes has hit 50 percent or better in each game (.557, 49-for-88 in the ten games) ... Willie Galick (6-8, 225, RS Junior, Forward, Nanaimo, British Columbia) has collected four double-doubles (points-rebounds) ... That included a career-high 19 points and eleven rebounds against UC Irvine (1/24/09), and 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at Cal State Fullerton (12/29/08) ... Galick, who is averaging 10.4 ppg, is averaging 6.1 rebounds per game (#7 in the Big West).

Northridge Notes...
With Deon Tresvant (6-0, 170, Senior, Guard, Long Beach, Ca) indefinitely away from the team tending to legal matters, Tremaine Townsend (6-9, 225, Senior, Forward, Phoenix, Az) has taken over the scoring lead among active players at 11.9 ppg (#10 in the BWC) ... Townsend posted career-highs in points (25) and field goals (11) in a recent game against UC Davis (1/5/09) ... Townsend stands on top in rebounds at 8.8 per game (#1 in the BWC) ... Josh Jenkins (5-10, 185, Senior, Albuquerque, NM) is #1 in the Big West in assists (121, 6.37 apg) and fourth in steals (26, 1.37 spg) ... Jenkins checks in at 10.6 ppg ... Willie Galick (6-8, 225, RS Junior, Nanaimo, BC) checks in at 10.4 ppg and second in rebounding (6.1 rpg, #7 in the BWC).

Coaches Corner...
Bobby Braswell, the 2007-08 Big West Coach of the Year, is in his 13th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... Braswell has coached 374 games in his duties as head coach, and has produced a record of 197-177 (.527) ... Braswell has guided Cal State Northridge to post-season play in each of his 12 seasons, reaching the conference tournament championship game on four occasions ... In past seasons under Braswell, the Matadors have prided themselves on tough defense and a productive offense ... Last year, the Matadors forced the opponents into 557 turnovers, produced 274 steals (#1 in the Big West, #15 in the nation), and outrebounded the opposition, 1,113-1,092 ... Braswell's teams have been ranked in the Top 25 in steals nationally in eleven of the last 12 seasons.

Pre-Season Preditions...
Cal State Northridge is the choice of the Big West coaches and media, and five national pre-season magazines to win the Big West title ... The Matadors received eight first place votes and 64 points from the conference coaches ... UC Santa Barbara received the other first place vote and a total of 56 points ... Pacific was picked to finish third (48 points ) followed by Cal State Fullerton (42 points), UC Davis (28 points), Cal Poly and UC Irvine with 23 points apiece, Long Beach State (21 points) and UC Riverside (19 points) ... The Big West media poll has the Matadors atop the pre-season league standings with 173 points (14 first place votes) followed by UCSB (156 points, three first-place votes), Pacific (107 points, three first place votes), Cal State Fullerton (107 points, one first place vote), Long Beach State (96 points), UC Irvine (73 points), UC Davis (65 points), Cal Poly (54 points) and UC Riverside (49 points) ... The Sporting News, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Lindy's College Basketball Magazine, Athlon Sports College Basketball Magazine and Basketball Times have all picked the Matadors win the Big West title in 2008-09 ... Tremaine Townsend (6-9, 225, Senior, Forward, Phoenix, Az) and Deon Tresvant (6-0, 170, Senior, Guard, Long Beach, Ca) were named to the pre-season Big West All-Conference team.

Pre-Season Potpourri...
In its pre-season college basketball issue, Sports Illustrated has predicted a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the Matadors ... This recognition is just the latest in a series of lofty predictions for the 2007-08 Big West regular season tri-champions ... Cal State Northridge was ranked 25th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 pre-season poll ... The Matadors generated 118 points, and was only one of four teams from the West to be ranked in the Top 25 among mid-major teams ... The other west teams were Gonzaga (#1, 754 points), St. Mary's (#3, 616 points), and San Diego (#8, 481 points) ... For the first time in school history, the Matadors received a vote in the pre-season Associated Press men's basketball poll ... Cal State Northridge was the only school from the Big West Conference to receive a vote in the Associated Press pre-season poll.

Team Talk...
Tremaine Townsend (6-9, 225, Senior, Forward, Phoenix, Az), Deon Tresvant (6-0, 170, Senior, Guard, Long Beach, Ca), Josh Jenkins (5-10, 185, Senior, Guard, Albuquerque, NM) and Rob Haynes (6-4, 185, Senior, Guard, Cerritos, Ca) lead a chorus of eight talented letter winners plus the influx of four new recruits and four redshirts in 2008-09 ... Townsend led the Big West in rebounding (9.8 rpg) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg) while Jenkins led the conference in assists (191, 6.4 apg) ... Tresvant led the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) despite the fact he didn't start one game last year ... Haynes is a three-year starter who provides offensive firepower from behind the three-point line ... There is plenty of veteran experience from such players as Rodrigue Mels (6-3, 180, Senior, Guard, Les Abymes, Guadeloupe), Tony Osunsanmi (6-4, 190, Junior, Forward, Ontario, Ca), Therin Taylor (6-6, 185, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Ca) and Michael Lizarraga (6-7, 230, Sophomore, Forward, Dixon, Ca.) ... Four redshirts are expected to play a lot of minutes this year ... This quartet includes Willie Galick (6-8, 225, RS Junior, Forward, Nanaimo, B.C.), Jermaine Smith (6-9, 230, RS Junior, Center, Irvington, NJ), Mark Hill (5-11, 175, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) and Matthew Wallace (6-2, 170, RS Freshman, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca) ... The list of new players includes Vincent Cordell (6-6, 210, Junior, Forward, Huntsville, Al), Xavier Crawford (7-0, 220, Junior, Center, Richfield, Mn), Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Junior, Forward/Guard, St. Louis, Mo) and Dallas Rutherford (6-2, 175, Freshman, Guard, Northridge, Ca) ... Last year in chalking up a 20-10 record, CSUN led the BWC in holding the opposition to only .419 shooting, .307 in 3-point field goal percentage defense, steals (274), rebounding (37.1 rpg) and blocked shots (3.23 bpg) ... CSUN returns four of its top six scorers from a year ago.

Graduated Gossip...
All four seniors on last year's 20-10 Matador team are doing just fine ... Calvin Chitwood is playing professional basketball in Japan, while Jayme Miller is playing professionally in Holland, while Jonathan Heard is playing professionally in Finland ... Rai Colston is an assistant basketball coach at Chaminade High School in Woodland Hills ... Chitwood is playing for Niigata Albirex BB ... Chitwood, a four-year starter, ended his CSUN career as the school's #10 all-time leading scorer (1,170 points) ... Heard, who ended his four-year Matador career as the school's #3 all-time leading scorer (1,362 points) and #9 all-time rebounder (534), is playing for Team LoKoKo in Finland ... Miller, who started all 30 games in 2007-08, and provided strength and leadership during his senior season, is playing for Aris Friesland (Holland) in the Dutch Professional League ... During their tenure at Cal State Northridge, Chitwood, Heard, Miller and Colston combined to play 350 games, score 3,065 points, and grab 1,311 rebounds.

Television Time...
Last year, Cal State Northridge was on television a school record eight times ... That included games on ESPNU and Fox Sports Prime Ticket ... This year's schedule finds the Matadors on television six times ... That includes four games on Fox Sports Prime Ticket (Dec. 7 at UCLA, Jan. 31 at Cal Poly, Feb. 14 vs UC Riverside, Feb. 28 vs Long Beach State), and two games on ESPNU (Jan. 29 at UC Santa Barbara, Feb. 18 at UC Irvine) ... For the fourth straight season, the Matadors have partnered with CSTV and the Big West Conference to present live video streaming of all league games and non-conference home contests ... Click on the Big West TV banner on the front page of www.gomatadors.com for more information.

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