December 4, 2007

Matador Men's Hoops Team Hosts Utah Valley State


Matador Men's Hoops Team Hosts Utah Valley State
This Week's Matador Men's Basketball Release



Game Gossip ...
Another big week of games awaits the Cal State Northridge basketball team (5-1) ... On Wednesday (12/5/07, 7:05 p.m.), the Matadors host Utah Valley State (3-4) at The Matadome, and then travel on Saturday (12/8/07, 5:00 p.m.) to face one of the elite teams in college basketball, the seventh-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs ... After the game on Saturday at Gonzaga, the Matadors will rest until a Dec. 20 game at home against Vanguard.

Autograph Analysis ...
Following the game against Utah Valley State, the Matador players will be available for autographs on the court.

Series Story ...
This will be the first meeting between Cal State and Utah Valley State ... The two teams will play again on Dec. 28 (7:05 p.m.) in Orem, Utah.

Coaches Corner ...
Bobby Braswell is in his 12th season as head coach at Cal State Northridge ... Braswell has coached 330 games in his duties as head coach, and has produced a record of 172-158 (.521) ... Braswell has guided Cal State Northridge to postseason play in each of his previous eleven seasons, reaching the conference tournament championship game on four occasions ... In past seasons under Braswell, the Matadors have prided themselves on tough defense and a productive offense ... Last year, the Matadors led the Big West Conference in rebounding margin (+6.9) and steals (8.97) ... Already this year, the Matadors have forced the opponents in 129 turnovers, produced 54 steals, and have outrebounded the opposition, 253-211 ... Braswell's teams have been ranked in the Top 25 in steals nationally in ten of the last eleven seasons ... Braswell is assisted by second year assistant coach Louis Wilson, and newcomers Stan Johnson and James Blake ... Ryan Dodd is in his first season as Director of Basketball Operations.

Townsend Talk ...
Tremaine Townsend, the talented 6-foot-9 junior center from Phoenix, Arizona, has been named co-Player of the Week in the Big West Conference along with James Powell of UC Santa Barbara ... Townsend helped the Matadors to a 2-1 record last week ... At Cleveland State (11/28/07), Townsend registered season-high in points (16) and rebounds (15) to lead the Matadors to a 78-68 victory ... Townsend then scored ten points and grabbed ten rebounds against Duquesne (11/30/07) in the first round of the Drake Invitational in Des Moines ... Townsend finished the Drake Tournament with six points, four rebounds and a pair of steals in a 69-43 victory over North Carolina Central (12/1/07), and was named to the all-tournament team .. For the season, Townsend is averaging 11.0 points and a league-leading 9.2 rebounds per game ... Townsend also leads the Big West in field goal percentage (.558).

League Leaders ...
Cal State Northridge and several players are among the leaders in the Big West Conference ... The Matadors are #1 in rebounding (42.2 rpg). rebound margin (+7.0) and blocked shots (4.50 bpg), and #2 in scoring (84.3 ppg), assists (15.5 apg) and steals (9.0 spg) ... Tremaine Townsend is #1 in the Big West in field goal percentage (.558) and rebounding (9.2 rpg) ... Josh Jenkins continues to lead the conference in assists (5.8 apg) while senior all-conference candidate Calvin Chitwood maintains his league lead in blocked shots (2.0 bpg) .. Senior all-conference candidate Jonathan Heard is sixth in scoring (14.5 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.536) and eighth in rebounding (6.0 rpg) ... Calvin Chitwood is second in rebounding (7.7 rpg), eighth in field goal percentage (.466) and tenth in scoring (13.3 ppg), steals (1.5 spg) and minutes played (29.2 mpg) ... Paul Wayne is fourth in free throw percentage (.864) and ninth in assists (3.2 apg) ... Deon Tresvant is tenth in three-point goals per game (1.83) ... Jenkins is eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.35).

Scoring Story ...
Four players are averaging in double figures, two players are shooting 50 percent or better, two players are shooting 43 percent or better from three-point territory, and two players are shooting 80 percent or better from the free throw line.

Defensive Data ...
Cal State Northridge is showing signs of an improved defense in 2007-08 ... The Matadors have held the opposition to only 43 percent shooting (#4 in the Big West) and has forced the opposition into 129 turnovers in six games ... Cal State Northridge has collected 54 steals (#2 in the Big West) in the six games.

Rebounding Raves ...
In five of the six games, the Matadors have outrebounded its opponents ... Cal State Northridge is averaging 42.2 rebounds per game (#1 in the Big West) compared to 35.2 for the opposition ... Four CSUN players are averaging five or more rebounds per game, including a conference-leading 9.2 rebounds per game by junior center Tremaine Townsend (9.2 rpg) ... Senior all-conference Calvin Chitwood is second at 7.7 rpg.

Broadcast Barometer ...
All Matador men's basketball games can be heard live over the internet at GoMatadors.com with Bill Courtland and Alan Zinsmeister providing the broadcasting duties ... For the third-straight season, the Matadors have partnered with CSTV and the Big West Conference to present live video streaming of all league games and non-conference home contests ... Click on the Big West TV banner on the front page of GoMatadors.com for more information.

Wolverine Words ...
Utah Valley State, located in Orem, Utah, is 3-4 ... Two of the their losses have been in overtime ... Two players average in double figures led by junior guard Ryan Toolson at 19.9 ppg and senior forward Jordan Brady at 11.0 ppg ... Toolson has been the team's leading scorer in six of the seven games ... In five games, Toolson has scored 20 or more points including a 29-point effort in the season opener at Boise State ... Brady leads the team in rebounding (8.7 rpg) ... Jabir Jinna has hit 12-of-16 three-pointers for 75 percent ... Cal State Northridge will play at Utah Valley State on Dec. 28.

History Hoopla ...
The 2007-08 season marks the 50th season of intercollegiate basketball at Cal State Northridge ... During the previous 49 years, Cal State Northridge has produced several great teams, and numerous great players ... A history of many of the great moments in CSUN baskeball history is availiable on the Northridge website at www.gomatadors.com

Dynamic Duo ...
Jonathan Heard and Calvin Chitwood were expected to be the dominant 1-2 scoring punch for Cal State Northridge this year, and the two senior all-conference candidates are off to excelent starts after six games ... Heard and Chitwood have played a total of 183 games in four seasons, and a combined 125 starts ... Heard leads the team in scoring (14.5 ppg, #6 in the Big West) and is eighth in rebounding (6.0 rpg, #8 in the league) while Chitwood is tops in the Big West in blocked shots (2.0 bpg), second in rebounding (7.7 rpg), tenth in scoring (13.3 ppg), steals (1.5 spg) and minutes played (29.2 mpg) ... As a duo, Heard and Chitwood are shooting .554 (36--for-65) from the floor along with ten steals and six blocks ... In the 2007-08 season opener, Heard and Chitwood combined for 51 points and 26 rebounds to help the Matadors to a 96-85 victory over Chicago State (11/10/07) ... Heard scored a career-high 29 points, including 19 in the second half, while Chitwood added 22 points ... Chitwood added to his all-around great numbers with a career-high 18 rebounds (ten offensive rebounds), four blocks and three steals in 38 minutes of play ... In addition to his career-high 29 points, Heard added three steals, one block and an assist in 35 minutes of action.

Depth Dialogue ...
There is no doubt that the team's talented depth have contributed to the fast start in 2007-08 ... Nine players are averaging 15 minutes or more ... Two reserve players, Deon Tresvant and Josh Jenkins, are averaging 20.3 and 19 minutes per game, respectively ... Tresvant is fourth on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg) while Jenkins has a team-leading 35 assists (5.8 apg, #1 in the Big West) and has chipped 9.2 ppg ... Another reserve, junior center Tremaine Townsend, is #1 in the Big West in rebounding (9.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (.558) and has contributed 11.0 ppg.

Footnote Fact ...
The 5-1 start to the 2007-08 season is the best since the 1988-89 campaign when they started 6-1 ... The 12 assists by John Jenkins against Cal State Bakersfield (11/21/07) was three short of the school record, and eighth-best for a single game in CSUN history.

Schedule Story ...
A challenging 2007-08 schedule that includes games against national powers Gonzaga and Washington highlights the 2007-08 Cal State Northridge basketball schedule ... Cal State Northridge will face a Gonzaga team which will again be one of the nation's elite collegiate basketball teams on Dec. 8 (5:00 p.m.) in Spokane ... The competition doesn't get any easier on Dec. 22 (3:00 p.m.) when the Matadors travel back to the Pacific Northwest to face Pac-10 power Washington in Seattle ... CSUN will have 13 regular season home games at The Matadome including eight Big West Conference games ... For ticket information, call (818) 677-2488.






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