CSUN Faces Cal State Fullerton In ampm Big West Tournament
March 8, 2011
Exactly one year (3/10/10) after Cal State Northridge faced Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the 2010 Big West Tournament, the two teams meet again in the first round of this year's ampm Big West Tournament at the Honda Center ... By virtue of its third place finish during the Big West Conference regular season, CSUN is the third seed while CSF is the sixth seed ... Thursday's game is schedule to start around 8:30 p.m. or starts 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 6 p.m. contest between #2 seed Cal Poly and #7 UC Riverside ... At Noon, top-seed and regular season league champion Long Beach State faces #8 UC Irvine followed by #4 seed Pacific against #5 UC Santa Barbara ... The four winners on Thursday will meet in two semi-final games on Friday (3/11/11) starting at 6:30 pm ... The ampm Big West Tournament championship game is slated for Saturday, March 12, 2001, at 5 p.m. ... The championship game will be televised on ESPN2 ... Last year, the Titans scored a 84-76 victory (3/10/11) over Cal State Northridge during first round play at the league tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center ... In the 63-game history between the two teams, Cal State Fullerton holds a 3-2 edge over CSUN on a neutral court ... Cal State Fullerton holds a 35-28 overall lead over Cal State Northridge in the series ... However, CSUN swept the regular season series this year against the Titans.
*** In a vote of the league's nine men's basketball head coaches, Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) was named to the six-member Big West Conference first team ... Daniel is averaging 16.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game ... Daniel becomes the ffth Matador player to gain first team All-Big West Conference status ... The others were Markus Carr (2001-02), Ian Boylan (2003-04), 2004-05), Jonathan Heard (2007-08) and Tremaine Townsend (2008-09) ... Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va), who is averaging 15.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, was named second team All-Big West Conference ... Michael Lizarraga (6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Dixon, Ca) was awarded a special Inspirational Award by the league head coaches as the nation's only deaf NCAA Division I men's basketball student-athlete.
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) is #1 in the Big West field goal percentage (.583, #6 for a single season in school history), third in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and blocks (34, 1.14 bpg) and fifth in scoring (16.3 ppg) ... Daniel has grabbed ten or more rebounds in 17 games, including a career-high 15 boards at Air Force (12/2/109).
*** Lenny Daniel is trying to become the first player in Matador history to become the Big West Conference champion in field goal percentage (.583, 175-for-300). *** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) has 16 double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year, second-best in the Big West Conference behind Sam Willard of Pacific with 18.
*** Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) is #8 in assists (3.47 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 (15.1 ppg) ... McLemore has scored in double figures in 23 of the 267 games played.
*** Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) is seventh in the BWC in blocks (21) at 0.81 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 #3 in the Big West Conference in blocked shots (3.30 bpg) and steals (6.67 spg).
*** 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 16.3 ppg (#5 in the BWC).
*** Lenny Daniel is shooting .583 (175-for-300) from the floor, #1 in the Big West Conference and sixth-best in school history,
*** Lenny Daniel is now third in the Big West Conference in rebounding at 9.4 per game.
*** Lenny Daniel has grabbed 281 rebounds (9.4 rpg) this year, ninth-best for a single season in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel has recorded 16 double-doubles this year, second-best in the Big West Conference ... 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 blocks4
*** Lenny Daniel has recorded 23 double-doubles in two seasons (16 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.
*** Lenny Daniel has blocked 34 shots (#3 in the BWC, 1.13 bpg) this year to give him 78 for his career, second-best in school history ... Only Thomas Shewmake (82, 2003-07) stands in the way of Daniel getting the school record ... Shewmake got the school record in 117 games (4 seasons) while Daniel has played only 59 career games (2009-10, 2010-11).
*** Lenny Daniel holds the single season school record with 44 blocks last year ... His 34 blocks this year is third-best for a single season in Matador history.
*** Lenny Daniel has a career rebound average of 8.6 boards per game which is currently ninth-best in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Wa) has a school record 244 free throw attempts this year.
*** Lenny Daniel has 78 career blocks, four short of the school record held by Thomas Shewmake (82, 2003-07).
*** Lenny Daniel has 34 blocks this year, third-best in school history and 10 short of the school record Daniel set last year.
*** Lenny Daniel has 281 rebounds this year, ninth-best for a single season in CSUN history.
*** Lenny Daniel has a career average 8.6 rebounds per game, ninth-best in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel is shooting .583 (175-for-300), sixth-best for a single season in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel had 16 free throw attempts against UCSB (2/24/11), seventh-best for a single game in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel has 406 career free throw attempts, tenth-best in Cal State Northridge history.
*** Lenny Daniel has 138 free throws this year, seventh-best for a single season in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel has scored 488 points this year and is nearing the single season tenth position now held by Kenny Daniels (498 points, 2009-10).
*** Cal State Northridge has 514 free throws this year, sixth-best for a single season in school history.
*** Cal State Northridge has 762 free throw attempts this year, eighth-best for a single season in school history.
*** Cal State Northridge tallied 33 free throws against UC Irvine (2/5/11), seventh-best for a single game in school history.
*** Cal State Northridge collected nine blocks against Seattle (1/9/11), second-best for a single game in school history.
*** Cal State Northridge collected seven blocks at UC Irvine (1/27/11), eighth-best for a single game in school history.
*** Cal State Northridge attempted 31 three-pointers at Air Force (12/2/10), sixth-best for a single game in school history.
*** Cal State Northridge has attempted 505 three-pointers, only eight short of tenth place (513, 2003-04) in CSUN history.
*** Cal State Northridge has grabbed 687 defensive rebounds, seventh-best for a single season in school history.
*** Josh Greene (6-0, 175, Freshman, Guard, Lakeview Terrace, Ca) has averaged 20.5 minutes per game (349 minutes) in his last 17 games ... Greene has responded by averaging 8.6 ppg (146 points) ... Greene has scored double-digits in points in four of the last seven games including a season-high 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 eleven of the last 14 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 14 games, has hit 11-for-24 (.458) from behind the arc and is 17-for-20 (.850) from the charity line ... Quinn tallied season-highs in points (12) and assists (7) vs UC Irvine (2/5/11).
*** Thomas Jacobs (6-7, 250, Freshman, Forward, San Diego, Ca) has grabbed 28 rebounds in his last four games (8 vs Eastern Washington, season-high 9 vs UCSB, 5 at UC Davis, 6 at Pacific).
*** Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Center, Los Angeles, Ca) has blocked eight shots in his last eleven games.
*** 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.
*** 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.
*** CSUN has employed eleven different starting lineups in 30 games (2010-11).
*** 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 16.3 ppg (#5 in the BWC) while Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 2-5. Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) checks in at 15.1 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.