February 4, 2011

Matadors Seek Big West Win Against UC Irvine

Feb. 4, 2011

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Northridge Notes *** Three more home games are left on the 2010-11 Cal State Northridge schedule ... The next home date is Saturday, February 5, at 7:05 p.m against UC Irvine ... This is the second meeting of the year between the two schools ... On January 27 at the Bren Center, the Matadors recorded a 66-62 victory ... Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Ca) came off the bench to score a team-high 15 pionts along with five rebounds ... McLemore hit a game-winning three-point bank shot with 22 seconds remaining to give CSUN a 63-59 lead ... McLemore added a free throw with seven seconds remaining to put the Matadors up 64-59 ... Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) added 14 points while Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) collected 12 points and grabbed ten rebounds ... Aqeel Quinn (6-4, 190, Freshman, Guard, Lawndale, Ca) scored ten points ... The Matadors held UC Irvine to only .323 shooting and .226 from behind the arc.

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 19 minutes per game in his last nine games ... Greene has responded by averaging 8.3 ppg (75 points) and shooting .478 (22-for-46) from the floor during that span ... Greene scored 17 points against UCR (1/13/11) and scored 14 points against Cal Poly (1/22/11) ... Jordan Mitchell (6-8, 185, Freshman, Forward, Gardena, Ca) has started the last six 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 6.0 ppg in his last six games ... During that span, Quinn has hit 9-of-17 shots, 4-for-7 from behind the arc, is 12-for-14 from the charity line, dished out eight assists and grabbed eleven rebounds ... Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Center, Los Angeles, Ca) has blocked six shots in the last five games.

Conference Chatter
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) is #1 in the Big West field goal percentage (.579, #7 for a single season in school history), third in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and blocks (24, 1.14 bpg) and fifth in scoring (16.1 ppg) ... Daniel has grabbed ten or more rebounds in 12 games, including a career-high 15 boards at Air Force (12/2/109).
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has eleven double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year, second-best in the Big West Conference behind Sam Willard of Pacific with 13.
*** Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) is #4 in assists (4.05 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 tenth in the BWC in three-pointers made (36, 1.71 pg).
*** Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) is sixth in the league in scoring (15.9 ppg).
*** Michael Lizarraga (6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Dixon, Ca) is tenth in the BWC in blocked shots (11, 0.52 bpg).
*** Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) is sixth in the BWC in blocks (18) at 0.95 per game ... Eteuati blocked a season-high three blocks in games against DePaul (11/26/10), at Air Force (122/2/10) and at UC Irvine (1/27/11).
*** Cal State Northridge is ranked #2 in the Big West Conference in field goal percentage (.455).
*** Cal State Northridge is ranked #3 in the Big West Conference in scoring (71.0 ppg), blocked shots (3.48 bpg) and steals (6.86 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 upped his season average from 1.0 ppg in the first two games to 15.9 ppg (#4 in the BWC). *** Daniel is shooting .579 (123-for-211) from the floor, #1 in the Big West Conference.
*** Daniel is now third in the Big West Conference in rebounding at 9.3 per game.
*** Daniel has recorded ten double-doubles in his last 16 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 19 double-doubles in two seasons (11 in 2010-11, 8 in 2009-10) 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 26 shots (#3 in the BWC, 1.18 bpg) this year to give him 70 for his career, fourth-best in school history ... The school record is 82 by Thomas Shewmake (2003-07).
*** Daniel has a career rebound average of 8.5 boards per game which is currently ninth-best in school history.

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 Cal (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 ASU, Cal, Oregon, Oregon St, 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 has been televised on Fox Sports Net (Prime) ... That game was CSUN's home contest against Cal Poly on Saturday, January 22.

Irvine Incidentals
*** UC Irvine is 10-13 overall and 3-6 in the Big West Conference ... Darren Moore (6-3, 190, Senior, Chino Hills, Ca) leads the team in scoring (17.0 ppg, #2 in the Big West Conference) followed by Eric Wise (6-6, 240, Junior, Riverside, Ca) at 14.6 ppg and Patrick Rembert (6-0, 188, Senior, Long Beach, Ca) at 12.2 ppg. *** UC Irvine loves to shoot from 3-point territory ... The Anteaters have made 167 three-pointers in 467 attempts ... Six Anteater players have made at least ten 3-pointers ... Mike Wilder (6-2, 210, Sophomore, G/F, Long Beach, Ca) has made 36 three-pointers followed by Patrick Rembert (6-0, 188, Senior, Long Beach, Ca) with 33 and Darren Moore (6-3, 190, Senior, Chino Hills, Ca) with 30.
*** Eric Wise (6-6, 240, Junior, Riverside, Ca) is averaging 7.6 rebounds per game followed by Darren Moore (6-3, 190, Senior, Chino Hills, Ca) at 6.3 boards per game.
*** UC Irvine is #1 in the Big West Conference in scoring (75.9 ppg) and rebounding (36.6 rpg), #2 in free throw percentage (.731) and steals (7.04 spg), and #3 in field goal perecentage defense (.318) and 3-point field goal percentage (.358).

Series Story
*** UC Irvine leads the series with Cal State Northridge, 24-21 ... Their last meeting on January 27, 2011, resulted in a 66-62 victory for the Matadors at UC Irvine's Bren Center.

Close Calls
*** Over the last two seasons, CSUN has played in 12 games (3-9) decided by three points or less ... CSUN has played in six one-point games (1-5) 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 22 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 15.9 ppg (#5 in the BWC) while Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 2-5. Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) checks in at 15.7 ppg (#8 in the league) ... The combined scoring total of 31.6 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 seven wins have been by 22 points or more.

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