Matador Basketball Hosts Vanguard University


Matador Basketball Hosts Vanguard University
This Week's Matador Men's Basketball Release



Game Gossip ...
After a 12-day break for finals, the Cal State Northridge basketball team is back in action against Vanguard (Dec. 20, 7:05 p.m., The Matadome) and then a game at Pac-10 power Washington (Dec. 22, 3:00 p.m.) ... The Matadors are 6-2 and have three more non-league games (Vanguard, at Washington, at Utah Valley State) before diving into league play at Cal Poly (Jan. 3, 7:00 p.m.) and at pre-season favorite UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 5, 7:00 p.m.) ... The 6-2 record gives the Matadors its best start since the 2002-03 team started out 6-2 as well.

Holiday Hoops ...
The Matadors game against Vanguard (12/20/07, 7:05 p.m.) will be billed as 2-for-1 Admission Night which simply means buy one ticket and get one FREE in general admission.

Series Story ...
Cal State Northridge is 5-1 against Vanguard with a current winning streak of four games ... Their last meeting on Dec. 27, 2000, resulted in a 96-51 Matador victory at The Matadome.

Coaches Corner ...
Bobby Braswell is in his 12th season as head coach at Cal State Northridge ... Braswell has coached 333 games in his duties as head coach, and has produced a record of 174-159 (.523) ... Braswell has guided Cal State Northridge to postseason play in each of his previous eleven seasons, reaching the conference tournament championship game on four occasions ... In past seasons under Braswell, the Matadors have prided themselves on tough defense and a productive offense ... Last year, the Matadors led the Big West Conference in rebounding margin (+6.9) and steals (8.97) ... Already this year, the Matadors have forced the opponents in 163 turnovers, produced 72 steals, and have outrebounded the opposition, 325-296 ... Braswell's teams have been ranked in the Top 25 in steals nationally in ten of the last eleven seasons ... Braswell is assisted by second year assistant coach Louis Wilson, and newcomers Stan Johnson and James Blake ... Ryan Dodd is in his first season as Director of Basketball Operations.

League Leaders ...
Cal State Northridge and several players are among the leaders in the Big West Conference ... The Matadors are #1 in rebounding (40.6 rpg). and blocked shots (4.38 bpg), and #2 in scoring (80.1 ppg), rebound margin (+3.6), assists (15.0 apg) and steals (9.0 spg) ... Tremaine Townsend and all-conference candidate Calvin Chitwood are 1-2 in the Big West in rebounding (9.5 rpg, 7.5 rpg) ... Townsend and Chitwood are 2-and-4 in field goal percentage (.545, .494) in the league ... Townsend is fifth in blocked shots (1.00 bpg) ... Josh Jenkins continues to lead the conference in assists (5.9 apg) while Chitwood maintains his league lead in blocked shots (2.1 bpg) .. Chitwood is fifth in free throw percentage (.828), seventh in scoring (13.3 ppg) and tenth in minutes played (29.4 mpg) ... Senior all-conference candidate Jonathan Heard is fifth in steals (1.75 spg), eighth in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and 11th in scoring (12.5 ppg) ... Paul Wayne has moved up to sixth in the Big West in free throw percentage (.826), tenth in steals (1.50 spg) and tenth assists (2.9 apg) ... Deon Tresvant is fourth in three-point goals per game (2.25) and eighth in field goal percentage (.458) ... Jenkins is fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.38) ... Rodrigue Mels is ninth in the Big West in 3-point field goal percentage (.429).

Scoring Story ...
Four players are averaging in double figures, two players are shooting .494 or better, three players are shooting 43 percent or better from three-point territory, and two players are shooting 80 percent or better from the free throw line.

Defensive Data ...
Cal State Northridge is showing signs of an improved defense in 2007-08 ... The Matadors have held the opposition to only 43 percent shooting (#3 in the Big West) and has forced the opposition into 163 turnovers in eight games ... Cal State Northridge has collected 72 steals (#2 in the Big West) in the eight games ... In only two games this year has the opposition shot 50 percent or better ... In only two games has the opposition hit 40 percent or better from three-point territory.

Rebounding Raves ...
Rebounding has vastly improved for Cal State Northridge in the last three seasons ... During the 2005-06 campaign, CSUN ranked last in the Big West, but improved to second-best last year, and are currently first in the Big West averaging 40.6 rebounds per game compared to 37.0 rpg for the opposition ... In six of the eight games, the Matadors have outrebounded its opponents ... Four CSUN players are averaging 4.4 or more rebounds per game, including a conference-leading 9.5 rebounds per game by junior center Tremaine Townsend ... Senior all-conference Calvin Chitwood is second at 7.5 rpg ... Chitwood's 18 rebounds against Chicago State (11/10/07) is a Big West best in 2007-08 ... In fact, Chitwood's 18 rebounds, and Tremaine Townsend's 15 rebounds at Cleveland State (11/28/07) and 14 vs Utah Valley State (12/5/07) are the three best rebounding efforts in the Big West this year.

Broadcast Barometer ...
All Matador men's basketball games can be heard live over the internet at GoMatadors.com with Bill Courtland and Alan Zinsmeister providing the broadcasting duties ... For the third-straight season, the Matadors have partnered with CSTV and the Big West Conference to present live video streaming of all league games and non-conference home contests ... Click on the Big West TV banner on the front page of GoMatadors.com for more information.

Vanguard Voice ...
Vanguard University has won five straight games to raise its season record to 7-2 ... The Lions will host Mesa State (Co.) on Wednesday (12/19/07) before their game at Cal State Northridge (12/20/07, 7:05 p.m.) ... Dennis Heenan and De'Auonte Johnson lead the Lions attack at 11.5 and 10.9 ppg, respectively ... Heenan is the team's leading rebounder (6.1 rpg).

History Hoopla ...
The 2007-08 season marks the 50th season of intercollegiate basketball at Cal State Northridge ... During the previous 49 years, Cal State Northridge has produced several great teams, and numerous great players ... A history of many of the great moments in CSUN baskeball history is availiable on the Northridge website at www.gomatadors.com

Dynamic Duo ...
Calvin Chitwood and Jonathan Heard were expected to be the dominant 1-2 scoring punch for Cal State Northridge this year, and the two senior all-conference candidates are off to excelent starts after eight games ... Chitwood and Heard have played a total of 187 games in four seasons, and a combined 129 starts ... Chitwood is the team leader in scoring (13.3 ppg, #7 in the Big West) while Heard is 11th (12.5 ppg) ... Chitwood is the league leader in blocked shots (2.1 ppg), second in rebounding (7.5 rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (.494), fifth in free throw percentage (.828) and tenth in minutes played (29.4 mpg) ... Heard is fifth in steals (1.75 spg) and eighth in rebounding (5.9 rpg) ... Each played has scored in double figures in six of the eight games ... Chitwood has been the scoring leader in three games while Heard in two games ... Chitwood has grabbed ten or more rebounds in two games including an 18-rebound effort in the season opener against Chiago State (11/10/07) ... In the 2007-08 season opener, Heard and Chitwood combined for 51 points and 26 rebounds to help the Matadors to a 96-85 victory over Chicago State (11/10/07) ... Heard scored a career-high 29 points (fourth-best in the Big West this year), including 19 in the second half, while Chitwood added 22 points ... Chitwood added to his all-around great numbers with a career-high 18 rebounds (ten offensive rebounds), four blocks and three steals in 38 minutes of play ... In addition to his career-high 29 points, Heard added three steals, one block and an assist in 35 minutes of action.

Depth Dialogue ...
There is no doubt that the team's talented depth have contributed to the fast start in 2007-08 ... Nine players are averaging 15 minutes or more ... Three reserve players, Tremaine Townsend, Deon Tresvant and Josh Jenkins, are averaging 26.1, 21.5 and 20.5 minutes per game, respectively ... Tresvant is third on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg), Townsend is fourth in scoring (10.8 ppg) while Jenkins has a team-leading 47 assists (5.9 apg, #1 in the Big West) and has chipped in at 8.6 ppg ... Townsend, is #1 in the Big West in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and second in field goal percentage (.545).

Footnote Facts ...
Senior all-conference candidate Calvin Chitwood needs 12 points to join the 1,000 point club in Cal State Northridge basketball history ... Through eight games, CSUN has notched five wins by double-digit margins ... In 2006-07, the Matadors played 31 games and had five wins by ten or more points ... The 12 assists by John Jenkins against Cal State Bakersfield (11/21/07) was three short of the school record, and eighth-best for a single game in CSUN history ... Jenkins' 12 assists is a Big West best in 2007-08 ... The 28 free throws and the 39 free throw attempts against Chicago State (11/10/087) are Big West bests this year ... The 50 rebounds at Pepperdine (22/27/07) is a conference best in 2007-08 ... Jonathan Heard's 29 points in the season opener vs Chicago State (11/10/07) is fourth-best in the Big West this year ... Calvin Chitwood's 18 rebounds against Chicago State (11/10/07) is a Big West best in 2007-08.