March 11, 2008
Irvine, Calif. - To no one's surprise, Cal State Northridge junior guard Deon Tresvant has claimed the Best Sixth Man award in a vote of the Big West coaches.
Tresvant has personified instant offense for the Matadors this season. Tresvant ranks tenth in the Big West in scoring (14.0 ppg), third in three-pointers made (82, #2 for a single season at Cal State Northridge) and seventh in the Big West in three-point percentage (.416).
Tresvant hit seven treys on his way to a career-best 31 points in a come-from-behind 88-84 win at UC Santa Barbara (1/5/08) and made six three-pointers in the second half in a win at UC Riverside (1/16/08).
A true sixth man who did not start in the 29 games he has played in this year, Tresvant is attempting to become the first Matador reserve to lead the team in scoring in the 50 years of Matador basketball. Tresvant is the second Sixth Man Award winner in Matador annals (Lionel Benjamin - 2002-03).
Other Big West Men's Basketball All-Specialty Award winners were Frank Robinson of Cal State Fullerton who won Defensive Player of the Year, while Chris Devine of UC Santa Barbara and Christian Soto of UC Riverside shared the Best Hustle award.
The awards were voted on the conference's nine head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. This is the eighth straight year the Big West has handed out the All-Specialty Team awards.
Tresvant will help lead the Matadors when they open Big West Tournament play on Friday in the conference semfinals. Game time is slated for 8:00 p.m.