CSUN Men's Basketball Team Hosts The Master's College In Exhibition Finale
Northridge, Calif. - The official 2007-08 season opener is only days away, but the immediate order of business for the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team is an exhibition game against The Master's College on Tuesday (Nov. 6) at 8:00 p.m. at The Matadome.
The game will follow a 6:00 p.m. women's basketball exhibition game between Cal State Northridge and The Master's College.
The men's and women's games will live air on the internet at www.gomatadors.com. Bill Courtland and Alan Zinsmeister will handle the broadcast chores, while Sam Farmer handles the broadcast duties for the women's game.
On Saturday (Nov. 10, 2:00 p.m.), the Matadors open their 50th regular season of intercollegiate basketball with a non-league home game against Chicago State.
But first back to the exhibition game against The Master's College. Although the Matadors hold a 14-0 lead in the series against The Master's College (located in Santa Clarita), the Mustangs have held their own against Cal State Northridge. In two of the last three meetings. one game was decided by two points, and last year's game was a seven-point win (73-66) for Cal State Northridge at The Matadome. Calvin Chitwood and Jonathan Heard combined for 49 points (26 by Chitwood). Heard and Chitwood hit 18-of-21 free throw attempts.
The Master's College held its own on the boards, losing the rebounding edge by only two, 29-31. Heard led CSUN rebounders with seven boards while Chitwood chipped in with six.
Lucian Pesoli scored 22 points for the Mustangs, but he has since graduated. However, guard Ryan Zamroz tallied 16 points while another guard, Eric Durso, added 14 points. Zamroz and Durso are back on this year's team. Last year, Zamroz averaged 16.3 ppg.
Northridge Notes ...
There were numerous bright spots in CSUN's 90-54 exhibition win over Cal State Los Angeles (10/31/07) ... From a team standpoint, the Matadors hit 55 percent (30-for-55) from the floor, and added eleven 3-pointers in 27 attempts for 41 percent ... The Matador defense held Cal State Los Agneles to only 29 per cent shooting (15-for-52), nine percent (2-for-22) from behind the arc, and forced the Golden Eagles into 28 turnovers ... Offensively, head coach Bobby Braswell used his entire 12-man active roster. In the first half, the Matador had scoring streaks of 16 and eleven points ... Individually, three players produced double-digit numbers led by Chitwood with 19 points (6-for-8), including 2-for-4 from three-point territory ... Chitwood also added nine rebounds ... Rob Haynes picked up 16 points (6-for-9 from the floor, 4-for-7 from three-point territory) and added five rebounds, three assists and a block in 26 minutes ... Deon Tresvant added 13 points (6-for-6 from the free throw line) along with five assists, two steals and one block in 22 minutes.
Red Rally ...
There will be a pre-game rally for the Matador men's and women's basketball team at the PUB Sports Grill at Cal State Northridge starting at 4:00 p.m. ... The Matador men's team will be available to greet fans and sign autographs from 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. ... All CSUN fans are invited.
Television Time ...
Two Matador men's basketball games will be televised as part of the Big West Conference television package ... CSUN will host Long Beach State on Saturday, January 26, at 4:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket ... On Thursday, February 28 (7:00 p.m.), the Matadors will visit Cal State Fullerton in a conference game to be televised on KVMD in the Southern California market ... Two other Matador games will be televised during the non-league season ... The game on Dec. 8 (5:00 p.m.) at nationally-ranked Gonzaga will be televised in the Spokane, Washington area, and the Dec. 22 game (3:00 pm.) at Washington will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest.