CSUN vs Hawai'i In Big West Tournament Quarterfinals
Complete Press Release - CSUN vs Hawai'i
Tournament Time ... Cal State Northridge will make its first Big West Conference Tournament appearance in three years when the Matadors face the University of Hawai'i in a quarterfinal game on Thursday, March 13, at Honda Center ... The game will start at approximately 8:30 pm or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the UC Irvine (#1 seed) vs UC Riverside (#8 seed) game at 6:00 pm ... CSUN is seeded fifth in the tournament while Hawai'i is seeded fourth ... The game will be televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket ... 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.
Cal State Northridge has chalked up a 15-17 overall record and a 7-9 mark in the Big West Conference in 2013-14 ... CSUN has won eight games by six points or less ... CSUN has played six one-point games (3-3) this year ... The Matadors have lost eight games by seven points or less ... Cal State Northridge has chalked up a 2-0 record on neutral site games this year, and 5-0 over the last two seasons ... CSUN chalked up a 11-3 home record at the Matadome ... CSUN has played six overtime games (4-2) this year, including five (3-2) of the last eleven 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 (.786, #1 in the nation) and steals (7.3 spg) ... CSUN is second in scoring offense (76.9 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (.376).
Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) earned first team honors while Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) and Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, F/G, Thousand Oaks, Ca) earned Honorable Mention accolades in a vote of the the Big West Conferences' nine head coaches ... Maxwell, Greene and Hicks have all enjoyed their best seasons at CSUN ... Maxwell is averaging a team-leading 17.9 ppg (#3 in the BWC) and a team-leading 9.0 rebounds per game (#2 in the conference) ... Maxwell also has chalked up a team-leading .563 (#4 in the BWVC) shooting percentage ... Maxwell leads the BWC in offensive rebounds (3.8 oprg), and is ninth in the regular season in free throw percentage (.751) ... Hicks is averaging 16.9 ppg (#6 in the conference) and 6.7 rpg (#7 in the BWC) ... Greene checks in at 15.6 ppg (#8 in the BWC) while leading the conference in free throw percentage (.920, 149-for-163), sixth-best in the nation).
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.
CSUN head coach Reggie Theus has preached the team to attack the basket ... That game plan has worked ... CSUN is SECOND in the country in free throws made (696, school record) ... Brigham Young has a nation's leading 707 charity tosses ... The Cougars have at least one game either in the upcoming NIT or NCAA Tournament ... The Matadors have at least one more game this year, a Thursday night (8:30 pm) encounter against Hawai'i in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament ... CSUN is FIRST in the nation in free throw percentage (.786) while Providence College is second nationally at .783 ... Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) is SIXTH in the nation in free throw percentage (.920) ... The nation's leader remains Brenton Williams of South Carolina at .947 ... 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 a .949 percentage 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 a .898 percentage from 2003-05 ... Greene's career free throw mark of .871 is currently fourth-best in Big West Conference history.
Cal State Northridge has set a school record for free throws made in a season ... The Matadors have made 696, beating the old mark of 624 set during the 2009-10 season ...Brigham Young (707) leads the country in free throws made (707), just ahead of CSUN (696) ... 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 .376 from three-point territory, the fifth-best mark for a single season in school history.
Prior to the last six 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 3-3 record including wins over first place UC Irvine (81-75, 2/22/14), second place UC Santa Barbara (80-78, overtime, 2/15/14) and third place Long Beach State (91-83, 3/6/14) ... 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 1,615 of the team's 2,461 points, or .656 percent of the total offense.
Free Throw Facts (Part #1)
In 17 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 .786 (696-for-886), the TOP mark in the nation ... Providence is second in the nation at .783 ... CSUN is taking aim at the school record for single season free throw percentage ... The .786 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 SECOND in the country in free throws made (696) ... BYU is the nation's leader (707).
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 122 games in four seasons at CSUN with a career free throw percentage of .871 (currently the best mark in school history) ... The career school record holder is Chuck Malouf (1961-64) at .867 ... Hicks has played in 87 games (82 as a starter) in three seasons with the Matadors with a free throw percentage of .809, seventh-best in CSUN history ... In 2013-14, Greene is hitting .920 (149-for-162) 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 .947 ... Greene's .920 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 94-of-98 (.959) in his last 16 games ... Hicks is at .812 (160-for-197), third-best in the conference.
Ghizal 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.
Hawai'i leads the series against Cal State Northridge, 8-3 … In the eleven meetings between the two schools, no game has been played on a neutral court … CSUN and UH split their two league games this year … On Jan. 11, 2014, CSUN recorded a 79-78 victory over the Rainbow Warriors at the Matadome … CSUN led 70-59 with nine minutes remaining in the game before the Rainbow Warriors mounted a rally … Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) recorded a double-double with 24 points (10-for-13 from the field) and ten rebounds in 34 minutes … Aaron Parks (6-3, 198, Freshman, Guard, Baltimore, Md) collected a season-high 19 points (8-for-8 from the free throw line, 3-for-3 from behind the arc) in 21 minutes … Josh Greene (6-0, 180, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) was CSUN's third double-digit scorer with 15 points (9-for-10 from the free throw line), five rebounds, and four assists in 39 minutes … On Feb. 1, 2014, CSUN dropped a 77-63 decision in Honolulu … UH outscored the Matadors, 45-33, in the second half to race away with the victory … Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, Forward, Thousand Oaks, Ca) led the Matadors with 18 points and seven rebounds … Greene added 15 points.
Hawai'i finished the regular season with a 20-10 overall record, and a fourth place finish in the Big West Conference at 9-7 ... Four of the Rainbow Warrior starters are averaging in double figures led by Christian Standhardinger (17.7 ppg, #4 in the BWC), Isaac Fotu (15.2 ppg, #10 in the BWC), Garrett Nevels (13.4 ppg, #12 in the BWC) and Brandon Spearman (11.1 ppg) ... Standhardinger and Fotu are the team's top rebounders at 8.4 (#4 in the BWC) and 6.1 rpg (#10 in the BWC, respectively.
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) ... Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Junior, Forward, Woodland Hills, Ca) has played 34.2 mpg (#4 in the BWC) ... Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Junior, G/F, Thousand Oaks, Ca) checks in at 34.0 mpg (#5 in the BWC) ... Hicks has played 32 or more minutes in 25 of the 32 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 28 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 25 games ... Maxwell has logged 33 or more minutes in 18 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 28.2 mpg ... Eight of the 11 players on the active roster 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) holds seven school records and is on pace to break two more school marks ... Greene has played in a school record 122 games in four seasons at CSUN ... Greene's career free throw percentage is .871 (391-449) ahead of the school record held by Chuck Malouf (.867, 1961-64) ... Greene is .920 (149-for-162) 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 1,138 minutes (35.6 mpg) ... Greene currently has 220 three-pointers, a school record ... Greene has attempted 574 career three-pointers, another school record ... Greene has scored 1,489 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 1,489 career points are third-best in school history ... Greene has attempted 1,133 field goal attempts, third-best in school history ... Greene has dished out 350 career assists, fourth-best in Matador annals ... Greene has played 3,475 career minutes (28.5 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 1,389 points, fourth-best in school history ... Hicks' 16.0 career ppg average is eighth-best in school history ... Hicks tied a school record for single free throw percentage with a perfect 13-for-13 effort in three games ... Hicks has a school record 419 career free throws ... Hicks' .809 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 88 career blocks, a school record ... Hale-Edmerson's 58 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 ... 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).
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.