February 12, 2010

CSUN Hosts Rival Cal State Fullerton In Big West Tilt

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Feb. 12, 2010

Northridge Notes
Homeward bound, home cooking, home sweet home ... Cal State Northridge is finally back home to the friendly confines of The Matadome where the Matadors host Cal State Fullerton in a key Big West Conference game on Saturday, February 13, at 7:05 p.m. ... The CSUN-CSF game is the first of a three-game home stand which continues with a Feb. 17 conference game against Cal Poly (7:05 p.m.) and then another non-league game on Saturday, Feb. 20, against Drake University at 7:05 p.m. ... Cal State Northridge is only 4-6 in the BWC, but only one and a half games away from third place Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and UC Davis at 6-5 ... Pacific and UC Santa Barbara are separating themselves from the rest of the league at 8-3 ... CSUN and Pacific have a rematch in CSUN's final home game of the year on Mar. 6.

Close Calls
Seven 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.

Defensive Dialogue
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 from behind the arc ... 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 UCR 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.

Charity Chatter
With at least eight more games to play (six conference, one 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 673 free throws, an average of 28.0 attempts per game ... At that pace, CSUN would finish the year with 897, easily breaking the school record of 868 (26 games) during the 1966-67 season ... The 673 charity tosses ranks CSUN sixth nationally behind Kansas St. (726), Wyoming (716), Morgan St. (702), New Mexico (684) and Texas State (678), 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.

Player Points
Several CSUN players are among the stat leaders in the Big West ... Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Sr, F, St. Louis, Mo) is fifth and ninth, respectively, in field goal pct. (.502) and scoring (14.2 ppg) ... Daniels also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.803) ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Jr, F, Richmond, Va) ranks third in rebounding at 8.4 rpg ... Daniel ranks third in blocked shots (23, 1.1 bpg) ... Daniel 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 14 ... Vinnie McGhee (6-0, 165, RS So, G, Oakland, Ca) is ninth in the BWC in three-pointers made at 1.8 per game.

Mileage Minute
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.

Conference Chatter
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).

History Hoopla
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 686-731 (.484) ... In the 1,417 games that CSUN has played since the inaugural 1958-59 campaign, the Matadors have scored 104,516 points.

Foreign Facts
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).

Record Review
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.

Team Totals
The latest Big West overall stats show CSUN is first in rebounding (37.1 rpg), second in steals (7.6 spg), and third in scoring offense (70.0 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).

TV Talk
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.

Fullerton Forecast
Senior guard Aaron Thompson is a key player for Cal State Fullerton (12-11, 6-5 BWC) ... Thompson has hit .559 (38-for-68) from behind the arc ... If the season ended today, Thompson would become the Big West's single-season record holder for three-point field goal percentage ... The current record holder is Mike Doktorczyk of UC Irvine, who hit .519 (40-of-77) shots from long range during the 1988-89 season ... Thompson has hit 8-of-9 three-pointers in the last three games ... Thompson leads the team in scoring (12.0 ppg) ... Other double-digit scorers are forward Jer'Vaughn Johnson at 10.7 ppg, guard Jacques Streeter at 10.6 ppg, and guard Devon Peltier at 10.1 ppg ... Johnson is the rebound leader at six per game.

Series Story
Cal State Fullerton leads the series against Cal State Northridge at 33-26 ... The Titans have won the last six games played at The Matadome including a 91-87 decision last year ... Jacques Streeter led Cal State Fullerton with 27 points and seven assists ... Five Matador players tallied double-digits in scoring ... In their first meeting of 2009-10, Cal State Northridge recorded a 78-72 decision at Titan Gym on Jan. 16, 2010 ... Lenny Daniel tallied a team-high in points (20) and rebounds (12) for CSUN ... Kenny Daniels added 17 points (11-for-13 from the free throw line along with six rebounds and two assists ... Devon Peltier led Cal State Fullerton with 23 points and five rebounds off the bench ... It was the third straight victory for Cal State Northridge on CSF's home court ... The series is tied 12-12 in games played at The Matadome.

Coaching Chatter
Bobby Braswell is in his 14th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... His overall record is 214-196 (.522) ... 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 ... Bob Burton is in his seventh season at Cal State Fullerton with a record of 119-88.

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