Matador Hoops Opens 2010-11 Season with Win at Second Annual Big West Southern California Cooking Challenge

Oct. 13, 2010

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The duo of Cal State Northridge men's basketball head coach Bobby Braswell and women's basketball head coach Jason Flowers took home a pair of awards for their outstanding performance at the Second Annual Big West Southern California Cook-Off Challenge. The pair took home the awards for "Best Presentation" and "Top Chef" for their rendition of "Chicken Spag-a-Tini" at the ESPNZone in Anaheim, Calif.

As with the other four coaching staffs present at the event, Braswell and Flowers watched the head chef at the ESPNZone construct a dish with the secret ingredient of the event, shrimp.

After watching the staff of last year's winner, Cal State Fullerton, prepare their dish, Braswell and Flowers got motivated to take the titles. They sautéed onions and portabello mushrooms and then lightly breaded some chicken tenders. They also used some spaghetti noodles and a lemon cream sauce and combined those ingredients with shrimp in garlic butter.

The meal was well received, taking home two awards in the process and toppling the Titans, Highlanders, 49ers and Anteaters.

"It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to see our colleagues in a different environment that is a lot less stressful," Braswell said. "We got to hang out and laugh before the season gets rolling."

The Titans' staff took home the "Best Taste" Award while the coaches from UC Irvine took home the "Best Creativity" Award. For the second-straight year, the coaches from UC Riverside received the "Kitchen Nightmare" Award.

"It's always good to win," Coach Flowers added.

The CSUN women's program opens the season on Nov. 17 with a home game against Pepperdine at 7 p.m. The Northridge men's program has an exhibition game against Redlands on Nov. 5 at 7:05 p.m. The men's regular season home opener is Nov. 20 against Vanguard at 2 p.m.

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