Complete Press Release - CSUN vs UC Irvine
The last time Cal State Northridge faced a first place team in the Big West Conference was on Feb. 15 at UC Santa Barbara ... The Matadors played one of their best games of the season to post a hard-earned 80-78 overtime decision at the Thunderdome ... CSUN will get another chance at a first place team when UC Irvine visits the Matadome on Saturday, February 22, at 7:30 pm ... UCI is red hot ... The Anteaters are in first place in the BWC with a 9-2 record and an 18-9 overall mark ... UC Irvine has won five straight games and eleven of their last 13 games ... A Fox Prime Ticket television audience will see the game ... Live Stats, Twitter updates and internet radio coverage will be available on Gomatadors.com ... Instant game information is also available on CSUN's app., Front Row ... CSUN head coach Reggie Theus has preached to the team to attack the basket ... That game plan has worked ... CSUN is FOURTH in free throw percentage (.774) and FIFTH in free throws made (572) ... Providence leads the nation in free throw percentage (.790) ... Brigham Young is the nation's leader in free throws made (611) ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) is SIXTH in the nation in free throw percentage (.911) ... The nation's leader remains Brenton Williams of South Carolina at .963 ... Greene is bidding to become just the fourth player in league history to finish above 90 percent on free throws.
Cal State Northridge has trotted out the same starting five (Josh Greene, Stephen Maxwell, Stephan Hicks, Tre Hale-Edmerson and Landon Drew) in all but three games this season ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca), Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) and Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) have combined for 1,385 of the team's 2,144 points, or .646 percent of the total offense.
Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca), Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) and Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) have played more than the majority of minutes in 2013-14 ... Greene has averaged 34.9 mpg, Hicks has averaged 34.2 mpg, and Maxwell has averaged 33.5 mpg this year, first, fourth and sixth, respectively, in the Big West Conference this year ... All three players have played 30 or more minutes 69 times in 2013-14 ... Maxwell has played 30 or minutes in 14 straight games.
Free Throw Facts (Part #1)
In 14 games, Cal State Northridge has hit 80 percent or better from the free throw line ... That has helped the Matadors chalked up a free throw percentage of .774 (572-for-739), the FOURTH-BEST mark in the nation ... The nation's leader is Providence at .790 ... CSUN is taking aim at the school record for single season free throw percentage ... The .774 free throw percentage is well above the current school record of .755 set in 2011-12 ... In the season opener against Hope International (11/8/13), the Matadors hit 32-of-33 free throws (.970), a school record and sixth-best for a single game in NCAA history ... Against UC Davis (1/9/14), the Matadors hit 22-for-23 (.957) shots from the charity line, the second-best mark for a single game in school history ... Cal State Northridge is FIFTH in the country in free throws made (572) ... The nation's leader is BYU with 611.
Free Throw Facts (Part #2)
Two of CSUN's strength on the free throw line starts with Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) and Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, Guard/Forward, Thousand Oaks, Ca) ... Greene has played in 118 games in four seasons at CSUN with a career free throw percentage of .865 (second-best in school history) ... The career school record holder is Chuck Malouf (1961-64) at .867 ... Hicks has played in 83 games (78 as a starter) in three seasons with the Matadors with a free throw percentage of .797, eighth-best in CSUN history ... In 2013-14, Greene is hitting .911 (123-for-135) from the foul line, tops in the Big West Conference and EIGHTH-BEST in the country ... The nation's leader is Brenton Williams of South Carolina at .963 ... Greene's .911 free throw percentage is currently ahead of the school record of .869 set by Chuck Malouf set in 1963-64 ... Greene is also trying to become only the fourth player in Big West Conference history to shoot 90 percent or better in a season ... Greene hit 29 straight free throws before he missed his third free throw attempt of the game at Hawai'i (2/1/14) ... Greene has made 68-of-71 (.958) in free throws in his last 12 games ... Hicks is at .778 (123-for-158), fourth-best in the conference.
Cal State Northridge has chalked up a 13-15 overall record and a 5-7 mark in the Big West Conference in 2013-14 ... CSUN has won seven games by six points or less ... CSUN has won three games by one point ... The Matadors have lost five games by seven points or less ... CSUN has chalked up a 9-3 home record at the Matadome ... CSUN has played five overtime games (4-1) this year, including four (3-1) of the last six games.
CSUN is ranked among the top schools in several categories in the Big West Conference ... The Matadors are atop the league in free throw percentage (.774, #4 in the nation) and in steals (7.1 spg), and second in scoring offense (74.6 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (.363).
radio reportGhizal Hasan and Alan Zinsmeister are the radio voices for CSUN basketball this year ... Their live broadcasts can be heard on gomatadors.com ... Hasan served the 2012-13 season as the voice of women's basketball for CSUN ... Zinsmeister is in his tenth season as color commentator for CSUN.
UC Irvine holds a 28-23 lead in the series against Cal State Northridge ... The Anteaters have won six of the last seven games against the Matadors ... The lone CSUN win was a home game at the Matadome last season ... In that game, the Matadors recorded a 70-61 decision over UCI ... Four Matador players scored in double figures led by Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) with 21 points ... Trevone Williams (6-6, 225, Sophomore, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) came off the bench to score 14 points along with six rebounds ... Cal State Northridge is 13-10 in games against the Anteaters at the Matadome ... Earlier this year (1/23/14), UCI scored a 72-66 victory over CSUN at the Bren Center ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) pumped in 21 points along with a career-high 15 rebounds ... Aaron Parks (6-3, 198, Freshman, Guard, Baltimore, Md) came off the bench to score 14 points (7-for-9 from the free throw line).
UC Irvine is 18-9 overall and in first place in the Big West Conference with a 9-2 record ... Last Thursday, the Anteaters scored a 60-56 overtime victory at the University of Hawaii ... 7-foot-6 freshman center Mamadou Ndiaye scored all eleven of his points in the second half and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds as UCI won its fifth consecutive game and the eleventh time in the last 13 contests ... Mamadou is the league leader and ninth in the country in blocked shots (85) ... Three UCI players are averaging in double figures led by Luke Nelson (12.1 ppg), Chris McNealy (11.6 ppg) and Will Davis II (10.3 ppg) ... Davis is the rebounder leader at 6.4 boards per game ... UC Irvine is 9-5 on the road.
With only eleven players on the active roster, everbody is getting a chance to play ...Three starters are averaging 30 minutes or more per game, respectively ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) checks in at 34.9 mpg (#1 in the BWC) ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) checks in at 34.1 mpg (#4 in the BWC) ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) has played 33.6 mpg (#6 in the BWC) ... Hicks has played 32 or more minutes in 23 of the 28 games ... That included 41 of 45 minutes in CSUN's 80-77 overtime victory over Austin Peay (11/22/13), and another 41 minutes in the 92-83 overtime win over Cal State Fullerton (2/8/14) ... Greene has charted 30 or more minutes in 24 games ... Greene played 43 of a possible 45 minutes in the overtime game at UC Davis (2/6/14) and in the next game, 41 minutes vs Cal State Fullerton (2/8/14) ... Greene also played 41 minutes in CSUN's 80-78 overtime win at UC Santa Barbara (2/15/14) ... Maxwell has clocked 32 or more minutes in 21 games ... Maxwell has logged 33 or more minutes in 14 straight games ... Maxwell played 42 minutes in CSUN's 80-78 overtime victory at UC Santa Barbara (2/15/14) ... Two other starters are each averaging 24.0 minutes per game or more ... They are Tre Hale-Edmerson (6-9, 215, Forward, Center, Sheridan, Or) at 27.9 mpg and Landon Drew (6-1, 175, Sophomore, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) at 24.4 mpg ... Seven of the 12 players are averaging in double-digits in minutes played.
Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) comes from a family that stresses academics ... Maxwell has two sisters who have gained outstanding academic distinction in the classroom ... Jessica Maxwell graduated from Occidental College and earned her Ph.D in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University ... Jessica is now a visiting assistant professor in Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California's (Berkeley) Department of Art History ... Tiffany Maxwell is a highly successful costume designer/stylist specializing in custom, handmade garments primarily for stage and music videos in Los Angeles ... Maxwell's brother, Kevin, is an accomplished singer from the swing and jazz era (like Frank Sinatra) and is currently recording a CD ... Stephen Maxwell, a Communications major, gained Big West All-Academic honors last year.
"My mom reminds me every day about the importance of an education. She cares more about education than anything. I really admire her for that."
CSUN junior forward Stephen Maxwell
Dave Yanani is a legendary coach in the Los Angeles area who not only enjoyed success on the high school level but also coached collegiately at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Los Angeles ... Yanani gave CSUN head coach Reggie Theus his first job in coaching as a volunteer assistant at Cal State Los Angeles in 2002-03.
"Reggie discovered he loved coaching so much. He had a love for teaching, interacting and communicating with the players. He showed his competitive side as a teacher. Reggie embraced his coaching role on the team."
Dave Yanai, former Cal State Los Angeles head coach
Trevone Williams (6-6, 225, Sophomore, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) worn uniform #30 last season to honor his late uncle, Trevone Castleberry .. Williams has changed his uniform to #10 this year to honor his late father, who wore that uniform number when he was a star athlete at Crenshaw High School and Antelope Valley College.
"#30 is still in my heart for my late uncle but #10 is 'home' to honor my best friend, my dad. From the time I wake up, and during the course of the day, I think about my dad."
CSUN sophomore forward Trevone Williams
J.J. Thomas (6-6, 220, Junior, Opelausas, La) hails from Opelousas, a small town in Louisiana ... Thomas can cook with several specialities that include crawfish etouiffee, jambalaya, shrimp creole, and gumbo ... At CSUN's game at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (12/20/13), a large group of family and friends drove six hours from Opelousas, La. to Corpus Christi, Tx., including his mom, dad and his little brother to watch J.J. play.
"Opelousas (La.) is the spice capital of the world and the center of Zydeco music. Southern people are warm and friendly. People from the South want to make you feel at home."
CSUN junior foward J.J. Thomas
Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) set a school record for career three-pointers at Stephen F. Austin (12/27/31) ... Greene hit two second-half three-pointers to give him 183 to break Ian Boylan's old record of 182 was set from 2001-05 ... Greene's record breaker came with 5:57 in the second half against the Lumberjacks ... Greene currently has 213 three-pointers ... Greene has attempted 559 career three-pointers, another school record ... Greene is ahead of the school record for single season free throw percentage ... Greene is .911 (123-for-135) from the charity stripe, ahead of the school record holder Chuck Malouf, who hit .869 (93-for-107) during the 1963-64 season ... Greene has scored 1,418 points in his four-year career at CSUN, becoming only the 16th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau in the 56-year history of Matador basketball ... Greene's 1,418 career points are third-best in school history ... Greene has attempted 1,083 field goal attempts, fourth-best in school history ... Greene's career free throw percentage is .865 (365-422) is second-best in the Matador record book ... Greene has dished out 333 career assists, fourth-best in Matador annals ... Greene has played 3,315 career minutes (28.1 mpg), third all-time at CSUN ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, Forward, Thousand Oaks, Ca) also joined the 1,000 points club with 20 points against Southern Utah (12/3/13) ... Hicks is the 17th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau ... Hicks has scored 1,313 points, fifth-best in school history ... Hicks' 15.8 career ppg average is eighth-best in school history ... Hicks tied a school record with a perfect 12-for-12 effort from the free throw line against Austin Peay (11/22/13) ... Hicks has 382 career free throws, second-best in school history ... Hicks' .797 career free throw percentage is eighth-best in the Matador record book ... Tre Hale-Edmerson tied a school record with six blocks against La Sierra (12/1/13) and against Morgan State (12/27/13) ... Edmerson, in just his second season, already has 82 career blocks, tied for the school record with two Thomas Shewmake (2003-07) and Lenny Daniel (2009-11) ... Hale-Edmerson's 52 blocks this season is a single season school record.
Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) has switched his uniform number from #0 to #1 ... Landon Drew (6-1, 175, Sophomore, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) graduated from Fairfax High School ... One of his high school teammates was Reggie Theus' son, Reggie Jr., who is a freshman basketball player at the University of South Carolina ... Landon's father, Larry, is the head coach of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks ... Amir Garrett (6-6, 210, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) is a left-handed pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization ... Garrett's fastball has been clocked at 96-miles per hour ... Aaron Parks (6-3, 198, Freshman, Guard, Baltimore, Md) had never visited California before taking a basketball recruiting trip from his East Coast home in Baltimore (Md) to the West Coast, specifically the campus of Cal State Northridge ... Chris Pompey, CSUN assistant coach, played football at the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 ... One of his teammates was quarterback Dan Marino, who later enjoyed a Hall of Fame career with the Miami Dolphins ... The announced crowd of 14,770 to watch CSUN at Fresno State was the seventh-largest crowd to watch the Matadors play ... The school record remains 20,999 when CSUN traveled to Brigham Young (11/24/12).
The Matadome, home to the Cal State Northridge men's and women's basketball programs, has enjoyed a major overhaul that makes the 51-year-old building enjoyable for CSUN fans ... An extensive multi-million dollar makeover has included a new court, video boards, new graphics, new scoreboard, new sound system, high definition cameras, a live video production studio, new seats and bleachers, VIP floor seating, air conditioning, and the improvements go on-and-on ... Matador fans attending games will be thoroughly impressed ... The Matadome has endured a few dull, mundane names, Matador Gym, Northridge Gym, San Fernando Valley State Gymnasium ... The Matadome was once called KPE100 (Kinesiology Physical Education 100) ... During the first four years of collegiate men's basketball at Cal State Northridge, the Matadors had to play their home games at several high schools in the San Fernando Valley including Granada Hills, Monroe and Birmingham High Schools ... In the 51-year history of the Matadome, the Matadors have produced 41 winning seasons, five .500 seasons and only five losing campaigns.
Honda Center and the Big West Conference have announced that all-session tickets for the 2014 Big West Men's Basketball Tournament are on sale ... All-Session tickets are available for $69.00. ... Premium all-session tickets located in the first four rows of seating are available for $149.00 ... Seats can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000 ... The 2014 Big West Tournament will be the fourth year the event has been hosted at Honda Center in Anaheim ... The men's tournament begins on Thursday, March 13 at Honda Center with four quarterfinal games ... The semifinals and championship game will take place Friday and Saturday at Honda Center ... Additional ticket information for the 2014 Big West Tournament is available at hondacenter.com ... For up-to-date team schedules and general information regarding the 2014 Big West Tournament, please visit BigWestTournament.com.