May 16, 2011

The 2010-11 Cal State Northridge Basketball Report

May 16, 2011

 

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Northridge Notes
Cal State Northridge had been projected to finish eighth in the nine-team Big West Conference but proved the experts wrong with a 9-7 record and a third place finish ... The Matadors eventually reached the semi-finals of the Big West Tournament ... Overall, the Matadors ended the 2010-11 campaign with a 14-18 record ... CSUN employed eleven different starting lineups in 32 games (2010-11) ... Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va), Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) & Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) served as team captains this year ... With nine new players, including seven freshmen, on the 15-man CSUN roster in 2010-11, this was the youngest team head coach Bobby Braswell coached in his 15 seasons as head coach at Cal State Northridge ... CSUN only had nine years of NCAA season experience, three of those seasons by senior Michael Lizarraga ... Only UC Riverside (7 years) had a younger Big West Conference team than Cal State Northridge ... The Matadors featured one of the top 1-2 scoring combinations in the Big West Conference ... Lenny Daniel averaged 16.3 ppg (#4 in the Big West Conference) while Rashaun McLemore checked in at 14.6 ppg (#11 in the league) ... The combined scoring total of 30.9 ppg by Daniel and McLemore was 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.

Honors Hoopla
*** Stand up Lenny Daniel, Rashaun McLemore and Michael Lizarraga ... Your accomplishments in 2010-11 were acknowledged by the Big West Conference. *** 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 averaged 16.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game ... Daniel became the fifth 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 averaged 14.6 points and 3.7 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.

Conference Chatter
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) was #1 in the Big West field goal percentage (.564, #23 in the nation), third in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and blocks (38, 1.19 bpg) and fourth in scoring (16.3 ppg) ... Daniel grabbed ten or more rebounds in 18 games, including a career-high 15 boards at Air Force (12/2/109).
*** Lenny Daniel become the first player in Matador history to become the Big West Conference champion in field goal percentage (.564, 185-for-328) ... His .564 shooting percentage was 23rd best in the nation.
*** Lenny Daniel had 17 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) was tenth in assists (3.28 apg) ... In four games, Lyles 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) was eleventh in the league in scoring (14.6 ppg) ... McLemore scored in double figures in 24 of the 29 games played.
*** Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) finished seventh in the BWC in blocks (21) at 0.75 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 ranked third in the Big West Conference in blocked shots (3.47 bpg) and steals (6.53 spg).

Lenny's Ledger
*** After scoring only two points and shooting 0-for-12 from the floor in the first two games of the year, Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) upped his season average from 1.0 ppg in the first two games to 16.3 ppg (#4 in the BWC).
*** Lenny Daniel shot .564 (185-for-328) from the floor, #1 in the Big West Conference and 23rd-best in the country.
*** Lenny Daniel finished third in the Big West Conference in rebounding at 9.4 per game.
*** Lenny Daniel grabbed 301 rebounds (9.4 rpg) this year, third-best for a single season in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel recorded 17 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 blocks.
*** Lenny Daniel recorded 25 double-doubles in two seasons (17 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 blocked 38 shots (#3 in the BWC, 1.19 bpg) this year to give him 82 for his career, tied for the school record with Thomas Shewmake (82, 2003-07) ... Shewmake got the school record in 117 games (4 seasons) while Daniel played only 61 career games (2009-10, 2010-11) ... Daniels' 38 blocks were second-best in school history and only six short of his school record he set during the 2009-10 campaign.
*** Lenny Daniel has a career rebound average of 8.7 boards per game, eighth-best in school history.

Television Talk
*** Cal State Northridge was on television seven times during the 2010-11 season ... Five of those games were televised on ESPNU which included three games (Virginia Tech, DePaul, Tulsa) at the 76 Classic (Nov. 25-28) and two games (Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara on 3/10/11 & 3/11/11) at the Big West Tournament ... CSUN's game at Denver (12/4/10) was televised on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain ... One Big West Conference game was televised on Fox Sports Net (Prime) ... That game was CSUN's home contest against Cal Poly (1/22/11).

Record Report
*** Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Wa) set a school record with 265 free throw attempts ... The old mark was 227 by Ollie Carter during the 1964-65 season ... The 265 free throw attempts were eighth-best in the country.
*** Lenny Daniel collected 82 career bocks in two seasons (2009-10, 2010-11) which tied the school record originally set by Thomas Shewmake (82, 2003-07) ... Shewmake set his school record in 117 games ... Daniel tied the school record in 61 games.
*** Lenny Daniel collected 38 blocks this year, second-best in school history and six short of the school record Daniel set last year.
*** Lenny Daniel gathered in 301 rebounds this year, third-best for a single season in CSUN history ... Only Paul McCracken (330, 1970-71) and Jerry Joseph (319, 1969-70) had more rebounds.
*** Lenny Daniel finished his CSUN career with a career average 8.7 rebounds per game, eighth-best in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel had 16 free throw attempts against Cal Poly (1/2/11) and UC Santa Barbara (2/24/11), seventh-best for a single game in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel had 15 field goals against Cal Lutheran (12/7/10), fifth-best for a single game in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel collected 185 field goals this year, tenth-best for a single season in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel compiled 424 career free throw attempts, ninth-best in Cal State Northridge history.
*** Lenny Daniel collected 153 free throws this year, second-best for a single season in school history ... The school record is 182 by Ollie Carter during the 1964-65 season.
*** Lenny Daniel scored 523 points this year, sixth-best for a single season in school history.
*** Lenny Daniel, Raymond Cody (6-5, 190, Senior, Guard, Lancaster, Ca.), Josh Greene (6-0, 175, Freshman, Guard, Lakeview Terrace, Ca), Michael Lizarraga (6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Dixon, Ca), Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, guard, Lima, Oh), Vinnie McGhee (5-10, 165, Junior. Guard, Oakland, Ca) and Aqeel Quinn (6-4, 190, Freshman, Guard, Lawndale, Ca) each played in 32 games, second-best for a single season in Cal State Northridge history.
*** Raymond Cody and Dathan Lyles each started 31 games in 2010-11, fifth-best for a single season in school history.
*** Vinnie McGhee attempted 152 three-pointers, tenth-best for a single season in school history.
*** Cal State Northridge attempted 542 three-pointers, eighth-best for a single season in school history.
*** Cal State Northridge made 176 three-pointers, tenth-best for a single season 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 collected 552 free throws this year, fourth-best for a single season in school history.
*** Cal State Northridge collected 820 free throw attempts this year, seventh-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 eight blocks against Cal State Fullerton (3/10/11), third-best for a single game at CSUN.
*** Cal State Northridge collected seven blocks at UC Irvine (1/27/11), ninth-best for a single game in school history.
*** Cal State Northridge grabbed 746 defensive rebounds, sixth-best for a single season in school history.
*** Cal State Northridge dished out 31 assists against Vanguard (11/20/10), third-best for a single game in school history.

Freshman Focus

*** Josh Greene (6-0, 175, Freshman, Guard, Lakeview Terrace, Ca)
Averaged 20.7 minutes per game (394 minutes) in his last 19 games ... Greene responded by averaging 8.7 ppg (165 points) ... Greene scored double-digits in points in five of the last nine 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)
Started 13 of the last 16 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) and against Cal State Fullerton (3/10/11).

*** Aqeel Quinn (6-4, 190, Freshman, Guard, Lawndale, Ca)
In the last 16 games, hit 14-for-29 (.483) shots from behind the arc and 21-for-24 (.875) from the charity line ... Quinn tallied season-highs in points (12) and assists (7) vs UC Irvine (2/5/11).

*** Thomas Jacobs (6-7, 205, Freshman, Forward, San Diego, Ca)
Grabbed 37 rebounds in his last six games (season-high 9 vs UCSB, 8 vs Eastern Washington, 6 at Pacific, 5 at UC Davis and against Cal State Fullerton).

*** Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Center, Los Angeles, Ca)
Blocked eight shots in his last 13 games.

Schedule Saga
*** Challenging is always the trademark of the CSUN basketball schedule, and this year was no exception ... CSUN played against two schools that competed in the NCAA Tournament (UCLA, UCSB) and three schools that competed in the NIT (California, Virginia Tech, Long Beach State).

The 2010-2011 Cal State Northridge Basketball Roster

#21 Raymond Cody, 6-5, 190, Senior, Guard, Lancaster, Ca.
Voted the CSUN Newt Meyers Memorial Sportsmanship Award ... Started 31 of the 32 games (#2 for a single season in school history) at the off-guard position ... Scored a season-high 13 points in three games ... Scored 13 points (6-for-7 from the free throw line) along with three assists against UC Davis (12/30/10) ... Tallied a season-high 13 points (4-for-6) along with four rebounds, two assists and a steal at Denver (12/4/10) ... Collected 13 points at Pacific (3/5/11) ... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds at Air Force (12/2/10) ... Collected a career-high six assists with no turnovers against Pacific (12/28/10) ... Hit a team-leading .843 (43-for-51) from the free throw line.

#5 Lenny Daniel, 6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va.
Enjoying an outstanding season in 2010-11 ... Named first team All-Big West Conference ... Voted the Andre Chevalier Co-MVP Award along with Rashaun McLemore ... Also voted CSUN's Best Defensive Player and Chairman of the Boards (leading rebounder) ... Also named to the All-Big West Conference All-Tournament team ... CSUN's leading scorer (16.3 ppg, #4 in the Big West Conference) and rebounder (9.4 rpg, #3 in the BWC) ... Had 17 double-doubles this year, and 25 in his two-year Cal State Northridge career ... Shot .564, the first CSUN player in the Big West Conference to lead the league in field goal percentage ... Shot 50 or better in 19 of the last 21 games ... Hit 15-of-18 shots for a career-high 31 points along with 13 rebounds and three blocks vs Cal Lutheran (12/7/10) ... The 15 baskets against Cal Lutheran (12/7/10) is fifth-best for a single game in school history ... Gained Big West Player of the Week honors for his outstanding play at the 76 Classic (11/25 - 11/28) in Anaheim ... Averaged 20.7 points (#2 in the tournament) and led all rebounders (10.3 rpg) during the three-game tournament ... Tallied a career-high 31 points (11-for-15 from the floor) along with a game-high ten rebounds against DePaul (11/26/10) ... In the first game of the 76 Classic against Virginia Tech (11/25/10), Daniel collected 13 rebounds ... In the finale of the 76 Classic against Tulsa (11/28/10), Daniel collected 24 points (9-for-12 from the floor) along with eight rebounds and two blocks ... Shot .639 (23-of-36 from the floor) at the 76 Classic ... Tallied 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds at Air Force (12/2/10) ... Led the team in rebounding in 28 of the 32 games ... Grabbed ten or more rebounds in 18 games ... Tallied 38 blocks (1.19 bpg), third-best in the BWC ... Had 82 career blocks, tied for the school record along with Thomas Shewmake (82, 2003-07) ... Shewmake set the block record in 117 games while Daniel tied the school record in 61 games ... Had a school record 265 free throw attempts (#8 in the nation) this year ... Daniels' name appears 13 times in the CSUN Top-10 record book.

#4 Frankie Eteuati, 6-10, 185, Freshman, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca.
CSUN's tallest player at 6-foot-10 ... Second on the team with 21 blocks (0.75 bpg, #8 in the BWC) ... Collected a season-high three blocks against DePaul (11/26/10), at Air Force (12/2/10) and at UC Irvine (1/27/11) ... Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at Cal State Bakersfield (12/18/10).

#0 Josh Greene, 6-0, 175, Freshman, Guard, Lakeview Terrace, Ca.
Became a significant reserve in the last 19 games ... During that span, averaged 20.7 mpg (394 minutes) and averaged 8.7 ppg (165 points) ... Scored in double-digits in eight games including a season-high 19 points (6-for-8 from 3-point territory including the game winner with 24 seconds) at Cal State Fullerton (2/10/11) and 17 points (4-for-7 from behind the arc) in 22 minutes off the bench against UC Riverside (1/13/11) ... Also scored a season-high 17 points (10-for-11 from the free throw line) along with three assists and a steal against Vanguard (11/20/10) ... Shot .826 (57-for-69) from the free throw line.

#43 John Hayward-Mayhew, 6-8, 220, Junior, Forward, Eugene, Or.
A starter in the season opener at UCLA (11/12/10) and responded with seven rebounds in 18 minutes ... Scored a season-high nine points against Vanguard (11/20/10) ... Tallied eight points and six rebounds against Seattle (1/19/11) ... A starter in five games.

#12 Thomas Jacobs, 6-7, 205, Freshman, Forward, San Diego, Ca.
Grabbed 37 rebounds in the last six games, an average of 6.2 rpg ... Grabbed a season-high nine rebounds against Eastern Washington (2/19/11) and eight against UCSB (2/24/11) ... Tallied season-highs in points (10) and rebounds (8) in CSUN's 68-59 victory at Eastern Washington (2/19/11) ... Scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds at UC Davis (3/3/11) ... Shot 10-of-19 shots (.526) from the floor in the last six games ... Started three games ... Winner of the CSUN Scholar-Athlete Award.

#24 Allen Jiles IV, 6-4, 190, Freshman, Guard/Forward, Los Angeles, Ca.
Tallied double-digit minutes in ten games ... Scored a season-high seven points against Tulsa (11/28/10) ... Tallied a season-high in rebounds (7) against Cal Lutheran (12/7/10).

#42 Michael Lizarraga, 6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Dixon, Ca.
Awarded a special Inspirational Award by the Big West Conference head coaches as the nation's only deaf NCAA Division I men's basketball student-athlete ... Voted CSUN Most Inspirational Player ... The subject of numerous feature stories including the New York Times (12/23/10), the Los Angeles Times (2/11/11), espn.com (2/16/11), the Seattle Times (1/8/11), Los Angeles Daily News (2/4/10), CBS Sports (2/12/11), Fox Sports Prime Ticket, ESPNU, the Daily Sundial, ESPNLosAngeles.com, mattbrownphoto.com, Telemundo 52 and three Los Angeles television stations (Channels 2, 4, 5) ... Played in 32 games (10 as a starter), second-best for a single season at CSUN ... Scored a career-high 15 points (6-for-8 from the floor) with five rebounds, two steals and a block at Cal (11/16/10) ... Collected his first collegiate double-double with eleven points and eleven rebounds (career-high) vs Long Beach State (2/12/11) ... Averaged 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game ... Hit .522 (72-for-138) from the field ... Tallied a four-year career .525 shooting percentage.

#10 Dathan Lyles, 5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh.
Played in 32 games (31 as a starter, second-best for a single season in school history) ... Enjoyed career-bests in points (16), field goals (7) and assists (9) vs Vanguard (11/20/10) ... Also collected a career-high nine assists against Cal State Fullerton (1/15/11) ... Collected a career-high five steals against Santa Clara (12/22/10) ... Collected seven assists with no turnovers in CSUN's 88-66 victory over DePaul (11/26/10) ... Fifth in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 1.79 and tenth in assists (3.28 apg) ... Voted CSUN's Dr. Dish Award and the Captain's Award.

#11 Vinnie McGhee, 6-0, 165, RS Junior, Guard, Oakland, Ca.
Voted the Pete Cassidy's Coach's Award ... Scored a season--high 20 points (6-for-8 from the floor, 3-for-5 from behind the arc) along with three assists and three steals against Cal Poly (1/22/11) ... Tallied 16 points (4-for-8 from 3-point territory) against Santa Clara (12/22/10) and another 16 points vs Cal State Fullerton (3/10/11) ... Scored 15 points (three 3-pointers) vs Tulsa (11/28/10) at the 76 Classic and against Cal State Fullerton (1/15/11) ... The team leader in three-pointers with 51 (1.58 pg) ... Tallied at least one three-pointer in 25 of the 32 games ... Scored at least three 3-pointers in ten games ... Had a career-high eight assists vs UC Davis (12/30/10) ... Played in 32 games, second-best for a single season in school history.

#2 Rashaun McLemore, 6-5, 205, Senior, Guard/Forward, Richmond, Va.
A Second Team All-Big West Conference selection ... Voted CSUN's Most Improved Player and the Andrew Chevalier co-MVP along with Lenny Daniel ... Gained Big West Player of the Week honors for his efforts in helping Cal State Norrthridge collect a 66-62 victory at UC Irvine (1/27/11) and at UC Santa Barbara (70-69, 1/29/11) ... At UC Irvine, posted 15 points and five rebounds including a game-winning three-point bank shot with 22 seconds to play ... At UCSB, scored a career-high 26 points (23 points in the second half) ... Hit three clutch free throws in the final seconds to preserve the Matador win at UC Santa Barbara ... Also tallied a career-high 26 points at UC Davis (3/3/11) ... CSUN's second leading scorer (14.6 ppg, #11 in the BWC) ... Scored in double figures in 24 of the 29 games played ... Scored 24 points along with five rebounds and two steals at California (11/16/10) ... Tallied 24 points with seven rebounds and four assists vs UC Davis (12/30/10) ... Scored 20 or more points in nine games ... Had career-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (4) at Air Force (12/2/10).

#33 Jordan Mitchell, 6-8, 185, Freshman, Forward, Gardena, Ca.
A starter in 13 of the last 16 games ... Grabbed a season-high five rebounds vs UC Irvine (2/5/11) ... Had three blocks vs Seattle (1/19/11) and Cal State Fullerton (3/10/11).

#3 Aqeel Quinn, 6-4, 190, Freshman, Guard, Lawndale, Ca.
Became an important reserve in the last 19 games ... During that time, played 312 minutes (16.4 mpg) ... Hit .483 (14-of-29) from behind the arc in the last 16 games ... Played in 32 games, second-best for a single season in school history ... Tallied a season-high 12 points (3-for-4 from the floor, 2-for-2 from behind the arc) along with a season-high seven assists vs UC Irvine (2/5/11) ... Scored eleven points along with a season-highs in free throws (6) and rebounds (4) vs Cal State Fullerton (1/15/11) ... Scored ten points (4-for-4 from the floor) in 15 minutes of play at UC Irvine. (1/27/11).