Matadors Open Two-Game Exhibition Season Wednesday Against Cal Lutheran

Nov. 4, 2009

FOR STARTERS Two-Time defending Big West Conference champion Cal State Northridge tips off the 2009-2010 season Wednesday, Nov. 4 against Cal Lutheran. The two-game exhibition campaign winds up Saturday, Nov. 7 against The Master's College. Both games are scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. tip.

The 2009-10 regular season doesn't officially get underway until Nov. 13 when the Matadors travel to No. 7 Purdue, but two exhibition games are being offered as a sneak preview of a new mix of players for Head Coach Bobby Braswell who enters his 14th season.

Braswell welcomes back three starters and eight lettermen from 2008-09's 17-14 (11-5 Big West) squad which claimed its second Big West title in as many years. A trio of seniors, Willie Galick (F, 2-8, 225), Mark Hill (G, 5-10, 175) and Kenny Daniels (F, 6-4, 210) will spearhead the Northridge cause in 2009-10 while a talented mix of newcomers led by Rashaun McLemore (G/F, 6-5, 200, Jr., Richmond, Va.), Kevin Menner (F, 6-6, 205, Jr., Brooklyn, NY) and Lenny Daniel (F, 6-7, 210, Jr., Richmond, Va.) should held fill the void left by 2008-09 All-Big West seniors Tremaine Townsend, Josh Jenkins and Rob Haynes.

MATADORS TABBED THIRD IN BIG WEST PRESEASON POLL Two-time defending Big West champion Cal State Northridge earned 130 points as was picked to finish third behind Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara by a 24-member media panel on Oct. 29. The Matadors, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2009, were slotted behind favorite Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara in the media poll. The 49ers received 17 first-place votes from the 24-member voting panel for a total of 209 points. UC Santa Barbara claimed six first-place votes and 178 points to nab second in the poll. UC Riverside was picked to finish fourth in this year's league race with 127 points while the recipient of the remaining first-place vote was Pacific. The Tigers came in fifth place with 126 points. Rounding out the media poll was UC Davis in sixth place with 114 points, followed by Cal State Fullerton (90), UC Irvine (76) and Cal Poly (30).

SCOUTING CAL LUTHERAN The Kingsmen finished 18-8 overall last season and were 10-4 and tied for second in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Senior guard Kyle Knudsen, along with a pair of forwards, senior Andy Meier and sophomore forward Aaron Van Klaveren return to lead Cal Lutheran. Meier averaged a team-high 16.3 ppg a season ago while Knudsen averaged 16.2 ppg and Van Klaveren led the conference in rebounding at 8.6 per game while adding 10.6 ppg. Head Coach Rich Rider enters his 16th at Cal Lutheran and owns a 247-129 career record.


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