#1 Long Beach State Meets #2 Cal State Northridge In Big West Showdown!!!

Feb. 11, 2011

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Northridge Notes
Are you ready??? ... #1 Long Beach State vs #2 Cal State Northridge ... A much anticipated rematch between the top two teams in the Big West Conference takes center stage on Saturday, Feburary 12, 2001, at the Matadome ... Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m. ... Momentum has certainly been a trademark for CSUN in recent weeks ... CSUN has won six of its last eight games to increase their Big West record to 7-4, good for a second place tie in the conference along with Cal Poly ... During that seven-game journey, the Matadors have improved on both ends of the floor ... Cal State Northridge is shooting .499 from the floor, .417 from 3-point territory, has outrebounded its opponent by nearly four rebounds per game, scored 75.5 ppg while holding its opponents to only 70.0 ppg ... The Cal State Northridge defense has held its opponents to only .387 shooting and .304 from behind the arc ... During that seven game stretch, CSUN has won three of four road games ... The CSUN-LBS matchup offers several intriguing matchups ... The 49ers are #2 in the Big West Conference in scoring (73.8 ppg) while CSUN is third at 71.8 ppg ... Both teams are shooting .458 from the floor, second-best in the league ... Three of the top seven scorers will be playing ... LBS's Casper Ware (5-10, 170, Junior, Guard, Cerritos, Ca) is scoring at 16.2 ppg (#4 in the BWC) while CSUN's Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) and Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) check in at 15.9 ppg (#6 in the BWC) and 15.5 ppg (#7 in the BWC), respectively ... Daniel is #1 in field goal percentage while LBS's Larry Anderson is third at .546 and T.J. Robinson is fourth at .531 ... LBS' Robinson is #2 in rebounding (9.7 rpg) while CSUN's Daniel is third at 9.4 rpg ... Ware is the conference leader in assists (5.42 apg) while CSUN's Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) is third (3.88 apg).

Freshman focus
*** Several freshmen are getting their chance to get sizable minutes on the court ... Josh Greene (6-0, 175, Freshman, Guard, Lakeview Terrace, Ca) has averaged 20.1 minutes per game (221 minutes) in his last eleven games ... Greene has responded by averaging 9.7 ppg (107 points) and shooting .484 (31-for-64) from the floor during that span ... Greene scored 19 points (six 3-pointers including the game winner with 24 seconds to play) at Cal State Fullerton (2/10/11) ... Jordan Mitchell (6-8, 185, Freshman, Forward, Gardena, Ca) has started the last eight games ... Mitchell collected a season-high five rebounds vs UC Irvine (2/5/11) and had a season-high three blocks against Seattle (1/19/11) ... Aqeel Quinn (6-4, 190, Freshman, Guard, Lawndale, Ca), in the last eight games, has hit 13-of-26 shots (.500), 8-for-12 (.667) from behind the arc, is 16-for-18 (.889) from the charity line and dished out 20 assists ... Quinn tallied season-highs in points (12) and assists (7) vs UCI (2/5/11) ... Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Center, Los Angeles, Ca) has blocked seven shots in the last seven games.

Conference Chatter
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) is #1 in the Big West field goal percentage (.591, #4 for a single season in school history), third in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and blocks (27, 1.13 bpg) and sixth in scoring (15.9 ppg) ... Daniel has grabbed ten or more rebounds in 14 games, including a career-high 15 boards at Air Force (12/2/109).
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has 13 double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year, second-best in the Big West Conference behind Sam Willard of Pacific with 14.
*** Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) is #3 in assists (3.88 apg) ... In four games, Lyles has dished out seven or more assists, including a career-high nine against Vanguard (11/20/10) and against Cal State Fullerton (1/15/11).
*** Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) is seventh in the league in scoring (15.5 ppg).
*** Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) is sixth in the BWC in blocks (20) at 0.91 per game ... Eteuati blocked a season-high three blocks in games against DePaul (11/26/10), at Air Force (122/2/10) & at UCI (1/27/11).
*** Cal State Northridge is ranked #2 in the Big West Conference in field goal percentage (.458) and ranked #3 in the Big West Conference in scoring (71.8 ppg), rebound margin (+1.5) and blocked shots (3.54 bpg).

Lenny's Ledger
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has moved to the top of the scoring charts for Cal State Northridge ... After scoring only two points and shooting 0-for-12 from the floor in the first two games of the year, Daniel upped his season average from 1.0 ppg in the first two games to 15.9 ppg (#6 in the BWC).
*** Daniel is shooting .591 (123-for-211) from the floor, #1 in the Big West Conference and fourth-best in school history. *** Daniel is now third in the Big West Conference in rebounding at 9.4 per game.
*** Daniel has recorded 12 double-doubles in his last 18 games ... Against Cal Lutheran (12/7/10), Daniel tied his career-high in points (31) and field goals (15-for-18) along with 13 rebounds and three blocks.
*** Daniel has recorded 21 double-doubles in two seasons (13 in 2010-11, 8 in 2009-10) at Cal State Northridge.
*** The superb performance by Daniel at the recent 76 Classic in Anaheim 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 ... 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 ... In the first game of the 76 Classic, Daniel collected 13 rebounds against Virginia Tech (11/25/10), 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 has blocked 27 shots (#3 in the BWC, 1.13 bpg) this year to give him 71 for his career, third-best in school history ... Only Thomas Shewmake (82, 2003-07) and Brian Heinle (76, 1997-01) stand in the way of Daniel getting the school record. Shewamake got the school record in 117 games (4 seasons) while Heinle took 119 games (4 seasons) to get his 76 career blocks ... Daniel has played only 53 career games (2009-10, 2010-11) at CSUN to collect his 71 career blocks.
*** Daniel has a career rebound average of 8.5 boards per game which is currently ninth-best in school history.

Schedule saga
*** Challenging is always the trademark of the CSUN basketball schedule, and this year is no exception.
*** CSUN started the year with two games against Pac-10 schools at UCLA (L, 53-80, 11/12/10) and at Cal (L, 63-80, 11/16/10).
*** In Bobby Braswell's previous 14 years as head coach at CSUN, the Matadors have scheduled at least one Pac-10 school in 13 of those years ... The Pac-10 opponents have included ASU, Cal, Oregon, Oregon St, Stanford, UCLA, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
*** CSUN competed against national notables Virginia Tech (L, 56-72, 11/25/10), DePaul (W, 88-66, 11/26/10) and Tulsa (L, 63-80, 11/28/10) in the 76 Classic (11/25 to 11/28/10) at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Television Tale
*** Five Cal State Northridge men's basketball games will appear on ESPN's family of networks and Fox Sports Net.
*** CSUN's game at Denver (12/4/10) was televised on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain.
*** CSUN's three games (Virginia Tech, DePaul, Tulsa) at the 76 Classic (Nov. 25-28) were televised live on ESPNU.
*** One Big West Conference game was televised on Fox Sports Net (Prime) ... That game was CSUN's home contest against Cal Poly on Saturday, January 22.

49er Forecast
*** Long Beach State is 14-10 overall and atop the Big West Conference standings at 9-2 ... The 49ers are 5-6 on the road.
*** All five starters average in double figures led by Casper Ware (5-10, 170, Junior, Guard, Cerritos, Ca) at 16.2 ppg, Larry Anderson (6-5, 205, Junior, Guard, Long Beach, Ca) at 14.4 ppg, T.J. Robinson (6-8, 215, Junior, Forward, West Haven, Ct) at 14.0 ppg, Greg Plater at 12.0 ppg (6-1, 180. Senior, Guard, Salem, Or), and Eugene Phelps (6-6, 235, Junior, Forward. Los Angeles, Ca) at 10.9 ppg ... Anderson and Robinson are shooting .546 and .531, respectively, from the floor ... Ware leads the conference in assists (5.42 apg) while Plater is #1 in the BWC in three-pointers made (2.88 pg).
*** Long Beach State is #1 in the Big West Conference in rebounding (36.2 rpg) and assists (14.67 apg).

Series Story
*** Long Beach State holds a 29-20 advantage over CSUN ... The 49ers have won three straight games over the Matadors including a 85-71 decision earlier this year (1/5/11) at LBS ... Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) scored 20 points while Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) added 18 points and eleven rebounds for CSUN ... Four LBS starters colelcted double-digit points with Casper Ware (5-10, 170, Junior, Guard, Cerritos, Ca) leading the 49er attack with 23 points, six assists and two steals ... Last at The Matadome, Long Beach State scored a 69-68 victory over CSUN.

Close Calls
*** Over the last two seasons, CSUN has played in 13 games (4-9) decided by three points or less ... CSUN has played in six one-point games (1-5) during that span. *** Go figure ... CSUN lost to Air Force (63-72, 12/2/10)) despite the fact they scored more baskets (23-to-21) and outrebounded the Falcons (49-to-30), lost to Denver (63-66, 12/4/10) despite the fact CSUN scored more baskets (18-to-15) and outrebounded Denver (31-to-22), and lost at Seattle (1/8/11) despite holding the Redhawks to only 37 percent shooting, 21 percent from behind the arc, and forcing Seattle into 20 turnovers ... In a rematch game against Seattle (1/19/11), the Matadors held the Redhawks to .349 shooting and .133 from behind the arc but lost 75-68.

Final Facts
*** For the first time in the 53-year history of Cal State Northridge basketball, the Matadors scored a win over a Big East school when they scored a 88-66 win over DePaul (11/26/10).
*** Lenny Daniel, Dathan Lyles & Rashaun McLemore are serving as team captains this year.
*** With nine new players, including seven freshmen, on the 15-man CSUN roster in 2010-11, this is the youngest team head coach Bobby Braswell will coach as he is in the midst of his 15th season as head coach at Cal State Northridge ... CSUN only has nine years of NCAA season experience, three of those seasons by senior Michael Lizarraga ... Only UC Riverside (7 years) have a younger Big West Conference team than Cal State Northridge.
*** Cal State Northridge has employed nine different starting lineups in 24 games this year.
*** The Matadors, thus far, feature one of the top 1-2 scoring combinations in the Big West Conference ... Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) is averaging 15.9 ppg (#6 in the BWC) while Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 2-5. Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) checks in at 15.5 ppg (#7 in the league) ... The combined scoring total of 31.4 ppg by Daniel and McLemore is the highest 1-2 Cal State Northridge scoring combination since the 2000-01 season when Brian Heinle averaged 20.2 ppg and John Burrell checked in at 14.6 ppg.
*** Four of CSUN's nine wins have been by 22 points or more.