Feb. 9, 2010
Cal State Northridge takes a break from the rigors of Big West Conference play to travel up the road to face Cal State Bakersfield (2/10/10, 7:00 p.m.) at Rabobank Arena ... This is the second meeting between the two schools this year ... The first tussle saw the Matadors score a 81-74 victory over the Roadrunners at The Matadome on Nov. 30, 2009 ... Vinnie McGhee came off the bench to score a team-high 19 points ... CSUN returns to league play on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, to host Cal State Fullerton at 7:05 p.m.
Every coach will tell you "Defense Wins" ... In five of CSUN's nine wins, the Matadors have held the opposition to under 40 percent shooting ... From behind the arc, the stats show an impressive slate of six games in which CSUN has held the enemy under 32 percent ... In the nine wins, Cal State Northridge has outrebounded the opposition six times including season-highs in caroms of 54 against Seattle (1/11/10) and 50 against Cal State Bakersfield (11/20/09) ... CSUN's defense resulted in opponents lows (47 points, field goals made with 15, and field goal attempts with 47) in its last win at UC Riverside (2/4/10) ... The 12 steals at UC Riverside were season-bests ... Give the offense a little props as well ... The ten three-pointers at UC Riverside were a season-best ... Nine players played at least 13 minutes with three reserves (Raymond Cody, Kenny Daniels, Michael Lizarraga) playing 25, 21 and 13 minutes respectively ... CSUN reserves accounted for 35 of the team's 63 points.
With at least nine more games to play (six conference, two non-league, at least one Big West Tournament game), CSUN is on pace to break the school record for single season free throw attempts ... CSUN has attempted 656 free throws, an average of 28.5 attempts per game ... At that pace, CSUN would finish the year with 913, easily breaking the school record of 868 (26 games) during the 1966-67 season ... The 656 charity tosses ranks CSUN seventh nationally behind Kansas St. (726), Wyoming (692), Morgan St. (679), New Mexico (670), Texas A&M (663), and Texas St. (662), according to the NCAA ... The 49 free throw attempts vs Seattle (1/11/10) is third-best for a single game in school history, and the 34 made free throws was fifth-best for a single game.
Six CSUN games have been decided by three points or less ... CSUN has played three one-point games this year ... That hasn't happened since the 1992-93 campaign when CSUN played four one-point contests ... Two of the three one-point losses this year were against Big West schools, a 73-72 loss at Cal Poly (1/23/10) and a 69-68 loss to LBS (1/28/10) ... Prior to this year, CSUN had played in only three one-point games against BWC schools since joining the league in 2001-02.
Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va), who is averaging 11.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, has recorded a team-best five double-doubles (points-rebounds) ... That stat is second-best in the conference behind LBS's T.J. Robinson's 13.
CSUN has seen a lot of the country during this 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), at Colorado (12/22/09) and at Seattle (1/19/10) ... 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 CSUN players are among the stat leaders in the Big West ... Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Sr, F, St. Louis, Mo) is sixth and eleventh, respectively, in field goal pct. (.488) and scoring (13.7 ppg) ... Daniels also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.795) ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Jr, F, Richmond, Va) ranks third in rebounding at 7.7 rpg ... Daniel ranks third in blocked shots (23, 1.1 bpg) and eighth in field goal percentage (.475) ... Vinnie McGhee (6-0, 165, RS So, G, Oakland, Ca) is seventh in the BWC 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 tourney field includes 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 BWC is hosting the 76 Classic ... Games will be televised on ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN2 ... The BWC 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 tournies 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).
The 2009-10 season marks the 52nd season of Cal State Northridge basketball ... Since the program's inception in 1958-59, CSUN has posted an all-time record of 686-730 (.484) ... In the 1,416 games that CSUN has played since the inaugural 1958-59 campaign, the Matadors have scored 104,459 points.
Several former CSUN players are enjoying playing professional basketball overseas ... The list includes Ian Boylan (Austria), Markus Carr (Vienna, Austria), Jayme Miller (Holland, The Netherlands), Jonathan Heard (Chile), Calvin Chitwood (Japan), Rob Haynes (Finland) and Tremaine Townsend (Prague, Czech Republic) ... Boylan (2001-05) is CSUN's second all-time leading scorer (1,160 points), Carr (1998-02) is #1 all-time in assists (767), Miller (2006-08) was a highly productive player for two seasons, Heard (2004-08) is #3 all-time in scoring (1,362 points), Chitwood (2004-08) is tenth all-time in scoring (1,170 points), Haynes (2005-09) is second all-time in three-pointers (163), and Townsend (2007-09) is ninth all-time in rebounds (537).
The Matador record book is in for an update in 2009-10 ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) collected five blocks against UC Riverside (1/14/10), one short of the school record ... Daniel now has 23 blocks this year, and is tied for the tenth position in the CSUN record book held by Cliff Higgins (1983-84) ... Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) had 13 free throws against Idaho (12/3/09) which ranks seventh-best in the school record book ... Daniels' 39 points vs Idaho (12/3/09) is third-best for a single game in CSUN 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 BWC player in 2009-10.
The latest Big West overall stats show CSUN is first in rebounding (37.5 rpg), second in steals (7.7 spg) and blocked shots (63, 2.7 bpg), and third in scoring offense (70.6 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.418) ... 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 Matadors will make five 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 appearances as part of the Big West television package ... Cal State Northridge appeared on FSN West on Feb. 6 (at Long Beach State), Feb. 17 (Cal Poly) and Feb. 27 (at UC Irvine) ... Last year, Cal State Northridge was on television a school record nine times.
The Roadrunners are 5-17 overall with a 4-5 mark at Rabobank Arena ... Cal State Bakersfield is not a member of any NCAA Division One Conference ... However, CSUB will play every Big West Conference school at least once this year with the exception of UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis and Long Beach State ... CSUN is 3-8 this far against BWC schools including a 70-63 win over Cal Poly (12/31/09), and a 68-55 victory over UC Irvine (2/3/10) at Rabobank Arena ... Four players average in double figures - Trent Blakely (6-4, 220, Senior, Forward, Alta Loma, Ca) at 15.5 ppg, Stephon Carter (6-3, 180, Freshman, Guard, Bakersfield, Ca) at 12.6 ppg, Santwon Latunde (6-6, 262, Senior, Forward, Landover, Md) at 11.2 ppg, and Donavan Bragg (6-3, 196, Junior, Guard, Inglewood, Ca) at 10.0 ppg ... Latunde is the team rebound leader at 8.6 boards per game.
A 81-74 victory over Cal State Northridge over Cal State Bakersfield (11/30/09) has given the Matadors a 21-20 edge in the series ... Vinnie McGhee (6-0, 165, RS Sophomore, Guard, Oakland, Ca) came off the bench to lead the Matadors in scoring with 19 points (7-for-11 from the floor, 3-for-5 from behind the arc) in 24 minutes ... Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Senior, G/F, St. Louis, Mo) added 16 points in 18 minutes while Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds ... Donavan Bragg led CSUB with 26 points ... The last loss by CSUN to the Roadrunners was 67-65 decision last season (11/21/08) ... Santwon Latunde and Donavan Bragg each scored 17 points for CSUN ... Latunde grabbed 14 rebs.
Bobby Braswell is in his 14th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... His overall record is 214-194 (.525) ... 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 in both seasons ... Keith Brown is in his fifth season as head coach at Cal State Bakersfield with a mark of 57-81.