March 2, 2011
With a AMPM Big West Tournament (March 10-12, Honda Center) berth assured with its current third place standing, Cal State Northridge is looking to better its tournament seed with two road games at UC Davis (3/3/11, 7:00 pm) and at Pacific (3/5/11, 7:00 pm) to complete the regular season league campaign ... The Matadors (12-16 overall, 8-6 BWC) could finish as high as second place in the BWC with wins at UC Davis and Pacific and a Cal Poly (second place) loss at UCSB (3/5/11) ... The Matadors have won four of their six games at UC Davis, but has never beaten Pacific in ten games at Stockton ... Thursday's game at UC Davis will mean a homecoming of sorts for senior forward Michael Lizarraga (6-7, 210, Senior, Dixon, Ca) ... Lizarraga was born in Woodland, Ca. (just north of the UCD campus) and raised in Dixon (just west of the UCD campus) ... Lizarraga has enjoyed his best season in 2010-11 with a 5.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game average ... A starter in ten games, Lizarraga has hit .557 from the floor ... Lizarraga has hit career-highs in points (15 at California, 11/16/10) and rebounds (11) against Long Beach State (2/12/11).
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) is #1 in the Big West field goal percentage (.591, #4 for a single season in school history), third in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and blocks (32, 1.14 bpg) and fifth in scoring (16.3 ppg) ... Daniel has grabbed ten or more rebounds in 16 games, including a career-high 15 boards at Air Force (12/2/109).
*** Lenny Daniel is trying to become the first player in Matador history to become the Big West Conference champion in field goal percentage (.591, 162-for-274).
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has 15 double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year, second-best in the Big West Conference behind Sam Willard of Pacific with 17.
*** Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) is #7 in assists (3.57 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).
*** Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) is eleventh in the league in scoring (14.8 ppg) ... McLemore has scored in double figures in 21 of the 25 games played.
*** Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) is seventh in the BWC in blocks (21) at 0.84 per game ... Eteuati blocked a season-high three blocks in games against DePaul (11/26/10), at Air Force (122/2/10) & at UCI (1/27/11).
*** Cal State Northridge is ranked #3 in the Big West Conference in blocked shots (3.46 bpg) and steals (6.50 spg).
*** 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 16.3 ppg (#5 in the BWC). *** Lenny Daniel is shooting .591 (162-for-274) from the floor, #1 in the Big West Conference and fourth-best in school history,
*** Lenny Daniel is now third in the Big West Conference in rebounding at 9.4 per game.
*** Lenny Daniel has grabbed 262 rebounds (9.5 rpg) this year and is nearing the CSUN single season Top 10 ... Jim Malkin (1960-11) resides in tenth place with 266 caroms.
*** Lenny Daniel has recorded 15 double-doubles this year, second-best in the Big West Conference ... 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. *** Lenny Daniel has recorded 23 double-doubles in two seasons (15 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 ... 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.
*** Lenny Daniel has blocked 32 shots (#3 in the BWC, 1.14 bpg) this year to give him 76 for his career, second-best in school history ... Only Thomas Shewmake (82, 2003-07) stands in the way of Daniel getting the school record ... Shewmake got the school record in 117 games (4 seasons) while Daniel has played only 57 career games (2009-10, 2010-11).
*** Lenny Daniel holds the single season school record with 44 blocks last year ... His 32 blocks this year is third-best for a single season in Matador history. *** Lenny Daniel has a career rebound average of 8.6 boards per game which is currently ninth-best in school history.
*** 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.
*** 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 (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Wa) has a school record 233 free throw attempts this year.
*** Lenny Daniel has 76 career blocks, six short of the school record held by Thomas Shewmake (82, 2003-07).
*** Lenny Daniel has 32 blocks this year, third-best in school history and 12 short of the school record Daniel set last year.
*** Lenny Daniel has 262 rebounds this year, four short of catching Jim Malkin (266, 1960-61) in 10th place in CSUN history.
*** Lenny Daniel has a career average 8.6 rebounds per game, ninth-best in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel is shooting .591 (162-for-274), fourth-best in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel had 16 free throw attempts against UCSB (2/24/11), seventh-best for a single game in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel has 392 career free throw attempts, seven short of catching Mark Cooley (1964-67) in 10th place at CSUN.
*** Lenny Daniel has 132 free throws this year, only two short of catching Jack Dyck (1974-75) in tenth place in school history.
*** Several freshmen are getting their chance to get sizable minutes on the court.
*** Josh Greene (6-0, 175, Freshman, Guard, Lakeview Terrace, Ca) has averaged 20.8 minutes per game (312 minutes) in his last 15 games ... Greene has responded by averaging 9.4 ppg (141 points) ... Greene has scored double-digits in points in four of the last six games including a season-high 19 points (six 3-pointers including the game winner with 24 seconds to play) at Cal State Fullerton (2/10/11). *** Jordan Mitchell (6-8, 185, Freshman, Forward, Gardena, Ca) has started ten of the last 12 games ... Mitchell collected a season-high five rebounds vs UC Irvine (2/5/11) and had a season-high three blocks against Seattle (1/19/11).
*** Aqeel Quinn (6-4, 190, Freshman, Guard, Lawndale, Ca), in the last 12 games, has hit 11-for-21 (.524) from behind the arc and is 17-for-20 (.850) from the charity line ... Quinn tallied season-highs in points (12) and assists (7) vs UC Irvine (2/5/11).
*** Thomas Jacobs (6-7, 250, Freshman, Forward, San Diego, Ca) has grabbed 17 games in his last two games (8 vs Eastern Washington, season-high 9 vs UCSB). *** Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Center, Los Angeles, Ca) has blocked eight shots in his last ten games.
*** UC Davis is 9-19 overall and 3-11 in the Big West Conference ... The Aggies are 6-6 at home. *** Mark Payne (6-8, 215, Senior, Guard, Stockton, Ca), Joe Harden (6-8, 210, Senior, Guard, Acampo, Ca) and Eddie Miller (6-5, 195, Junior, Guard, Antioch, Ca) are the team's three double-digit scorers at 15.1 ppg, 14.9 ppg and 12.2 ppg, respectively ... Harden is UCD's leading rebounder (5.6 rpg).
*** Cal State Northridge holds a 17-7 lead over UC Davis ... CSUN has won seven of the last eight games against UC Davis.
*** Over the last two seasons, CSUN has played in 13 games (4-9) 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.
*** 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.
*** CSUN has employed eleven different starting lineups in 28 games (2010-11).
*** 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 16.3 ppg (#5 in the BWC) while Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 2-5. Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) checks in at 14.8 ppg (#11 in the league) ... The combined scoring total of 31.1 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.