March 5, 2014

Senior Night ... CSUN Hosts Long Beach State in Home Season Finale

Complete Press Release - CSUN vs Long Beach State

Northridge Notes

Cal State Northridge will conclude its 2013-14 home season on Thursday night (7:00 pm, 3/6/14) with its final Big West Conference game against Long Beach State ... It will be Senior Night .... After the game, Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) and Dominique Youmans (6-10, 220, Senior, enter, Philadelphia, Pa) will be honored for the valuable contributions to the Matador basketball program ... BigWestTV.com will have the telecast ... 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.

Senior Saga
Matador graduating seniors Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) and Dominique Youmans (6-10, 220, Senior, Center, Philadelphia, Pa) will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the Matador basketball program ... Greene is one of the all-time greats in CSUN basketball history ... Greene holds seven school records, and is ahead of two other current school marks ... Greene's name appears in the CSUN Top-10 26 times ... Youmans has played in 21 games this year ... His work ethic and his team player has made Youmans a popular player on the 2013-14 CSUN team.

Northridge Notes
CSUN head coach Reggie Theus has preached the team to attack the basket ... That game plan has worked ... CSUN is FIRST in the country in free throws made (662, school record) ... Brigham Young is second in free throws made (639) ... The Matadors have at least two more games (the regular season finale vs Long Beach State, and at least one game in the upcoming Big West Conference Tournament) ... BYU has concluded its regular season but has at least one game in the West Coast Conference Tournament, and will be a participant either in the NCAA or NIT ... CSUN is SECOND in the nation in free throw percentage (.782) just behind the nation's leader, Providence College at .786 ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) is SIXTH in the nation in free throw percentage (.916) ... The nation's leader remains Brenton Williams of South Carolina at .953 ... Greene is bidding to become just the fourth player in Big West Conference history to finish above 90 percent on free throws ... The league record holder is Clay McKnight (Pacific) who hit 74-of-78 tosses from the charity stripe for .949 in 1999-00 ... Other .900 percent shooters for a single season are Miah Davis (Pacific, .903, 65-for-72, 2002-03) and David Doubley (Pacific, .902, 74-for-28, 2003-04) ... The Big West Conference career free throw percentage holder is David Doubley (Pacific), who tossed in 168 free throws in 187 attempts for .898 from 2003-05 ... Greene's career free throw mark of .868 is currently sixth-best in Big West Conference history.
 
Team Totals
Cal State Northridge has set a school record for free throws made in a season ... The Matadors have made 662, beating the old mark of 624 set during the 2009-10 season ...CSUN leads the country in free throws made (662), just ahead of Brigham Young (BYU) with 639 ... The 38 free throws in the 81-75 victory over UC Irvine (2/22/14) was second-best for a single game in school history ... Cal State Northridge is shooting .374 from three-point territory, the sixth-best mark for a single season in school history.

Team Tidbits
Prior to the last five games, Cal State Northridge trotted out the same starting five (Josh Greene, Stephen Maxwell, Stephan Hicks, Tre Hale-Edmerson and Landon Drew) in 25 of the team's first 26 games ... J.J. Thomas (6-6, 220, Junior, Forward, Opelousas, La) has been inserted into the lineup and the team has responded with a 2-3 record including wins over first place UC Irvine (81-75, 2/22/14) and first place UC Santa Barbara (80-78, overtime, 2/15/14) ... 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 1,559 of the team's 2,370 points, or .658 percent of the total offense.

Iron Incidentals
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 35.6 mpg, Hicks has averaged 34.2 mpg, and Maxwell has averaged 34.2 mpg this year, first, fifth and fifth, respectively, in the Big West Conference this year ... All three players have played 30 or more minutes 74 times in 2013-14 ... Maxwell has played 30 or minutes in 19 straight games ... Greene's single season minutes (1,103, 35.6 mpg) is a new school record ... Hicks' 1,059 minutes (34.2 mpg) this season are eighth-best for a single season in Matador history ... Maxwell has also played 1,059 minutes (34.2 mpg) eighth-best in school history for a single season.    

Free Throw Facts (Part #1)
In 16 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 .782 (662-for-847), the SECOND-BEST mark in the nation ... The nation's leader is Providence at .786 ... CSUN is taking aim at the school record for single season free throw percentage ... The .782 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 season in school history ... Cal State Northridge is FIRST in the country in free throws made (662) ... BYU is second with 639. 

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 in a school record 121 games in four seasons at CSUN with a career free throw percentage of .868 (currently the best mark in school history) ... The career school record holder is Chuck Malouf (1961-64) at .867 ... Hicks has played in 86 games (81 as a starter) in three seasons with the Matadors with a free throw percentage of .804, seventh-best in CSUN history ... In 2013-14, Greene is hitting .916 (141-for-154) from the foul line, tops in the Big West Conference and SIXTH-BEST in the country ... The nation's leader is Brenton Williams of South Carolina at .953 ... Greene's .916 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 hit 86-of-90 (.956) in his last 15 games ... Hicks is at .799 (147-for-184), third-best in the conference.
 
Season Story
Cal State Northridge has chalked up a 14-17 overall record and a 6-9 mark in the Big West Conference in 2013-14 ... CSUN has won eight games by six points or less ... CSUN has won three games by one point ... The Matadors have lost seven games by seven points or less ... CSUN has chalked up a 10-3 home record at the Matadome ... CSUN has played five overtime games (4-2) this year, including five (3-2) of the last ten games. 

Conference Cheers
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 (.782, #2 in the nation), steals (7.3 spg), and three-point field goal percentage (.374) ... CSUN is second in scoring offense (76.5 ppg).
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. 

Series Story
Long Beach State holds a 35-20 lead in the series against Cal State Northridge ... The 49ers have won the last five meetings against the Matadors including a 76-62 decision earlier this year (1/25/14) at LBS ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) led the Matadors with 17 points, six rebounds and three steals ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) added 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds ... Landon Drew (6-1, 175, Sophomore, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) chipped in with ten points ... Mike Caffey (6-0, 175, Junior, Guard, Corona, Ca) led Long Beach State with a game-high 23 points ... Dan Jennings (6-9, 245, Senior, Forward, Staten Island, NY) added 14 points and a game-high ten rebounds for the 49ers ... Cal State Northridge holds a 12-10 lead in the series in games played at the Matadome. 
49er forecastLong Beach State is 13-15 overall and 9-5 in the Big West Conference ... The 49ers are 5-8 on the road ... Three 49er players average in double figures led by Mike Caffey (16.2 ppg), Tyler Lamb (15.3 ppg) and Dan Jennings (10.3 ppg) ... Jennings is the team leader in rebounding (8.3 rpg) ... Long Beach State has won three of its last four games. 

Minutes Memo
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 35.6 mpg (#1 in the BWC) ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) checks in at 34.2 mpg (#5 in the BWC) ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) has also played 34.2 mpg (#5 in the BWC) ... Hicks has played 32 or more minutes in 25 of the 31 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 27 games ... Greene played 49 of a possible 50 minutes in the double overtime game at UC Riverside (3/1/14) ... Greene has played 40 or more minutes in six games ... Maxwell has clocked 32 or more minutes in 24 games ... Maxwell has logged 33 or more minutes in 17 straight games ... Maxwell played 47 minutes in CSUN's double overtime game at UC Riverside (3/1/14) ... A fourth starter, Tre Hale-Edmerson (6-9, 215, Forward, Center, Sheridan, Or) is averaging 27.9 mpg ... Eight of the 11 players on the active roster are averaging in double-digits in minutes played. 

Maxwell's Memo
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
 
Reggie Review
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's Tale
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.'s Jargon
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

Record Report
Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) holds seven school records and is on pace to break two more school marks ... Greene has played in a school record 121 games in four seasons at CSUN ... Greene's career free throw percentage is .868 (383-441) ahead of the school record held by Chuck Malouf (.867, 1961-64) ... Greene is .916 (141-for-154) from the free throw line this season, ahead of the school record holder Chuck Malouf, who hit .869 (93-for-107) during the 1963-64 season ...Greene has played in a school record 1,103 minutes (35.6 mpg) ... Greene 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 219 three-pointers ... Greene has attempted 572 career three-pointers, another school record ... Greene has scored 1,474 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 1,474 career points are third-best in school history ... Greene has attempted 1,125 field goal attempts, third-best in school history ... Greene has dished out 347 career assists, fourth-best in Matador annals ... Greene has played 3,440 career minutes (28.4 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 1,361 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 a school record 406 career free throws ... Hicks' .804 career free throw percentage is seventh-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) ... Hale-Edmerson, in just his second season, already has 83 career blocks, a school record ... Hale-Edmerson's 53 blocks this season is a single season school record. 

Footnote Facts
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 ... Garrett recently left the team to start spring training with the Reds organization ... 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).    

Matadome Memo
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.