February 11, 2008

Tremaine Townsend Named Big West Player of the Week


Tremaine Townsend Named Big West Player of the Week
Irvine, Ca - One of the finest single game performances in the 50-year history of Cal State Northridge men's basketball history was rewarded on Monday when 6-foot-9 junior center Tremaine Townsend was named Big West Player of the Week.

It is the second time this year that Townsend has been accorded Player of the Week accolades.

Last Saturday (2/9/08) at UC Davis, Townsend garnered a career-high 22 rebounds and added a career-high 21 points as the Matadors scored a 77-57 victory over the Aggies. Townsend's 22 rebounds were only two short of the school record set by George Robnett against UC Irvine on Jan. 16, 1971.

Townsend is only one of seven players in school history to grab 21 or more rebounds in a game.

The 22 rebounds was only six short of the Big West record while also doubling as a conference single-game high this season. The effort gave him his seventh double-double of the 2007-08 season, tying him for the Big West lead.

Townsend, making his first start of the season, hit 9 of his eleven shots from the floor and added three blocks and two steals against UC Davis.

Two nights earlier at Pacific, Townsend posted another double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in a tough 78-73 overtime loss against the Tigers. In 38 minutes of reserve duty, Townsend made 5-of-7 floor shots.

For the two games, Townsend averaged 16.5 points and 17.5 rebounds while shooting .778 (14-for-18) from the field.

Townsend is averaging a league-leading 9.2 rebounds per game, is second in the Big West in field goal percentage (.556) and fourth in blocked shots (1.10 bpg). Townsend is attempting to become the first Cal State Northridge player to lead the conference in rebounding.

Others nominated for Big West Player of the Week honors included: Titus Shelton of Cal Poly, Frank Robinson of Cal State Fullerton, Donovan Morris of Long Beach State, Darren Fells of UC Irvine, and Chad Troyer of Pacific.