March 2, 2010
Two more Big West Conference games (two home), and it's crunch time for Cal State Northridge as seedings become more critical for the upcoming Big West Tournament (Mar. 10-13) at the Anaheim Convention Center ... Eight of the nine league schools participate in the league tournament ... Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine reside in seventh place with identical 5-9 records ... Only a half-game back is ninth place UC Riverside at 5-10 ... Either UC Irvine, UC Riverside or Cal State Northridge by finishing in ninth place will not make the Big West Tournament ... The Matadors host UC Davis on Thursday (3/4/10, 7:05 p.m.) followed by the final home game of the season on Saturday, March 6, against Pacific ... Tipoff is also at 7:05 p.m. ... Saturday's game is also Senior Night ... Honored will be six seniors - Vincent Cordell, Kenny Daniels, Willie Galick, Mark Hill, Tony Osunsanmi and Therin Taylor.
Hang on to your seats ... Matador basketball has been intense from start to finish ... Eleven games (3-8) have been decided by five points ... Eight CSUN games (2-6) have been decided by three points or less ... CSUN has played four one-point games (0-4) this year ... Three of the four one-point losses were against Big West schools, a 73-72 loss at Cal Poly (1/23/10), a 69-68 loss to LBS (1/28/10) and a 113-112 overtime decision to Cal State Fullerton (2/10/10) ... Prior to this year, CSUN had played in only three one-point games against BWC schools since joining the league in 2001-02 ... CSUN hasn't played four one-point contests since the 1992-93 campaign ... Cal State Northridge has not played so many close games (five points or less) since the 2004-05 season when the Matadors played eleven games (5-6) decided by five points or less ... During the 1999-00 season, CSUN also played eleven games decided by five games or less (7-4).
Several CSUN players are among the stat leaders in the Big West ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Jr, F, Richmond, Va) has moved to the top of the blocked shots list (37, 1.4 bpg), third in rebounding (205, 7.6 rpg) and fifth in field goal percentage (.485) ... Daniel has recorded a team-best seven double-doubles (points-rebounds) ... That stat is second-best in the conference behind LBS's T.J. Robinson's 17 ... Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Sr, F/G, St. Louis, Mo) is fourth and eighth, respectively, in field goal pct. (.512) and scoring (15.2 ppg) ... Daniels also ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.800) ... Vinnie McGhee (6-0, 165, RS So, G, Oakland, Ca) is ninth in the BWC in three-pointers made at 1.7 per game ... Mark Hill (5-11, 175, Sr, G, Los Angeles, Ca) remains fifth in the Big West Conference in steals (40, 1.4 spg).
Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Senior, F/G, St. Louis, Mo) has been CSUN's most productive offensive player in the last seven games ... Daniels has put together totals of 18, 24, 25, 19, 15, 23 and 20 pts. in his last seven games against Long Beach State (2/6/10), Cal State Bakersfield (2/10/10), Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10), Cal Poly (2/17/10), Drake (2/20/10), UC Santa Barbara (2/24/10) and UC Irvine (2/27/10) ... Daniels has hit 52-of-88 shots (.590) along with 41 rebounds during that span ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has collected double-digit points in 12 of his last 15 games ... Five of those games have been double--doubles (points/rebounds).
The classic game (2/13/10) between CSUN and CSF featured a number of mind boggling stats ... The two teams combined for 225 points, 155 field goal attempts, 110 free throw attempts, 109 rebounds, 81 free throws made, 75 fouls, eleven player foul outs, 17 ties and 15 lead changes ... Ten players scored in double figures ... CSUN's bench outscored CSF's bench, 77-28 ... The Big West schools have played 15,440 games dating back to the 1921-22 season ... Only 20 of the 15,440 games have gone into triple overtime ... CSUN's 52-year basketball history includes just two triple overtime games ... CSUN is 1-1.
Michael Lizarraga (6-7, 230, Junior, Forward, Dixon, Ca.) continues to be an inspiration and a hero to many people ... Lizarraga is believed to be the only deaf player competing in NCAA Division I major college basketball ... Lizarraga has been the subject of numerous feature stories including the Los Angeles Daily News (2/4/10), ESPNU, mattbrownphoto.com and upcoming major features on Channel 2 in Los Angeles, the Daily Sundial and during halftime of the CSUN-UC Irvine game on Feb. 27 on Fox Sports ... Lizarraga has been a starter in eight of the team's 29 games ... His best game of the year was an eight-point, six rebound, three block and two steal performance at Washington (12/6/09) ... Lizarraga has grabbed six or more rebounds in five games.
With at least three more games to play (two conference, at least one Big West Tournament game), CSUN is on pace to break the school record for single season free throw attempts ... CSUN has attempted 849 free throws (#3 all-time in school history), an average of 29.3 attempts per game ... At that pace, CSUN would finish the year with 937, easily breaking the school record of 868 (26 games) during the 1966-67 season ... The 849 charity tosses ranks CSUN third nationally behind Kansas St. (865, 24-4 record) and Morgan State (863, 22-9 overall record), according to the NCAA ... The 49 free throw attempts against Seattle (1/11/10) and Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10) are third-best for a single season in school history.
Several former CSUN players are enjoying playing professional basketball overseas ... The list includes Ian Boylan (Austria), Markus Carr (Vienna, Austria), Jayme Miller (Holland, The Netherlands), Jonathan Heard (Chile), Calvin Chitwood (Japan), Rob Haynes (Finland) and Tremaine Townsend (Prague, Czech Republic) ... Boylan (2001-05) is CSUN's second all-time leading scorer (1,160 points), Carr (1998-02) is #1 all-time in assists (767), Miller (2006-08) was a highly productive player for two seasons, Heard (2004-08) is #3 all-time in scoring (1,362 points), Chitwood (2004-08) is tenth all-time in scoring (1,170 points), Haynes (2005-09) is second all-time in three-pointers (163), and Townsend (2007-09) is ninth all-time in rebounds (537).
Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has 37 blocks this year, which tieds the school record held by Tremaine Townsend (2007-08) ... Daniel has collected five blocks in three games this year (Idaho on 12/3/09, UC Riverside on 1/14/10 and CS Fullerton on 2/13/10), one short of the school record ... Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Senior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) had 13 free throws against Idaho (12/3/09) which ranks seventh-best in the school record book ... Daniels' 39 points vs Idaho (12/3/09) is third-best for a single game in CSUN history ... Only 40 points by Mark Cooley at Cal State Fullerton (2/18/67) and a school record 47 points by Ollie Carter vs Westmont (2/1/66) are better ... Daniels hit 12-of-17 shots along with 13 of 15 free throws ... Daniels completed the evening with a career-high ten rebounds in 31 minutes of play ... The 39 points is the most by a BWC player in 2009-10 ... Mark Hill (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) had 12 free throws against Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10), ninth-best in school history ... CSUN has made 546 free throws, third-best in school history ... The school record is 613 (2000-01) ... The 849 free throw attempts is third-best in school history ... The school record is 868 (1966-67) ... CSUN has 393 offensive rebounds this year, fourth-best in school history ... CSUN has 709 defensive rebounds, sixth-best for a single year ... All the following record book stats took place vs Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10) in the classic triple overtime game - the 37 free throws made is second-best all-time at CSUN, the 49 free throw attempts are third-best for a single game, the 39 CSUN fouls tied The Matadome record originally set vs Nevada (11/17/01), the 112 points scored by CSUN is 15th-best for a single game in school history, the 61 CSUN rebounds were ninth-best for a single game in school history, and the seven CSUN team blocks were seventh-best for a single game in CSN history.
The latest Big West overall stats show CSUN is first in rebounding (38.0 rpg), second in scoring (72.0 ppg), and third in blocked shots (89, 3.1 bpg) and steals (7.4 spg) ... The 112 points scored by CSUN vs Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10) is the second--best effort by a Big West team this year ... CS Fullerton tallied 113 points against CSUN (2/13/10).
UC Davis is 12-16 overall and 7-7 in the Big West Conference ... Three scorers are averaging double-figures led by Dominic Calegari (6-10, 240, Senior, Forward, Berkeley, Ca) at 16.4 ppg (#3 in the BWC), Mark Payne (6-8, 205, Junior, Forward, Stockton, Ca) at 16.4 ppg (#3 in the BWC) and Joe Harden (6-8, 210, Junior, Forward, Acampo, Ca) at 14.3 ppg (#10 in the BWC) ... Payne leads the league in shooting at .529 (108-for-204) from the floor while Calegari checks in at .517 (164-for-317, #3 in the BWC) ... Payne has hit 50 three-pointers in 120 attempts for .417 (#4 in the BWC) ... Harden and Calegari are the leading rebounders at 7.3 (#4 in the BWC) and 5.2 rebounds per game.
Cal State Northridge leads the series with UC Davis, 15-7 ... The Matadors had won five games in a row against the Aggies until a 85-73 loss earlier this year (1/4/10) on UCD's home court ... Lenny Daniel (6-7, 210, Junior, Forward, Richmond, Wa) led the CSUN attack with 21 points (9-of-14 from the floor) along with 12 rebounds, two steals and a block ... Mark Hill (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) added 18 points and five rebounds ... Dominic Calegari (6-10, 240, Senior, Forward, Berkeley, Ca) scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds for UC Davis ... Ryan Silva (5-10, 160, Junior, Guard, Clayton, Ca) chipped in with 17 points ... Last year at The Matadome (1/5/09), Cal State Northridge recorded a 84-81 decision over the Aggies ... Tremaine Townsend's 25 points and seven rebounds paved the way to victory for CSUN ... Silva tallied 19 points and Harden added 17 points for UC Davis.
Bobby Braswell is in his 14th season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors ... His overall record is 215-200 (.518) ... Braswell has guided CSUN to back-to-back Big West regular season championships (2007-08, 2008-09) ... For his efforts, Braswell was awarded Big West Coach of the Year honors in both seasons ... Gary Stewart is in his seventh season at UC Davis with a record of 76-126 (.376) ... Stewart's career record (8 seasons at LaVerne, 2 seasons at Cal State Hayward, 6-plus seasons at UC Davis) is 218-245 (.471).
The 2009-10 season marks the 52nd season of Cal State Northridge basketball ... Since the program's inception in 1958-59, CSUN has posted an all-time record of 687-734 (.483) ... In the 1,421 games that CSUN has played since the inaugural 1958-59 campaign, the Matadors have scored 104,938 points.