November 30, 2010

Lenny Daniel Named Big West Basketball Player of the Week

Nov. 30, 2010

Irvine, Calif. - The superb performance of Lenny Daniel at last weekend's 76 Classic in Anaheim has 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. It was Daniels' first double-double of the year and the ninth double-double in his two year CSUN career.

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.

The 31-point, ten-rebound performance against DePaul also gave Cal State Northridge its first victory over a Big East school in the 53-year history of Matador history.

In the first game of the 76 Classic, Daniel collected a season-high 13 rebounds against Virginia Tech (11/25/10), only two short of his career-high set last year at UC Davis. The 13 caroms were 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.

Daniel was also outstanding as a shot blocker. Daniel blocked four shots during the tournament to give him 49 for his career. That moved him into sixth place all-time in school history.

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