Cal State Northridge Faces Denver University in Mile High City
Dec. 3, 2010
Cal State Northridge returns to the court when the Matadors travel to the Mile High City to face the Denver Pioneers in a non-league game on Saturday, December 4, 2010 ... Tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. (mst), 3:30 p.m. (pst) ... The game will air on internet radio (www.gomatadors.com) with Alan Zinsmeister handling the broadcast chores ... Saturday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain ... Cal State Northridge is 2-5 overall while Denver is 1-6 ... The Matadors are returning to the court after a tough 73-62 loss at Air Force (12/2/10) ... Cal State Northridge outrebounded Air Force, 49-30, scored more baskets (23-to-21) and scored more three-pointers (10-to-8) ... CSUN attempted 31 three-point shots, the sixth-most in school history ... Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) collected his second double-double in his last three games with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against the Falcons ... Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) added a team-high 18 points along with eight rebounds ... Cal State Northridge returns home for a Dec. 7th non--league contest against Cal Lutheran ... Game time is 7:05 p.m. at The Matadome ... The month of December will be a busy affair for Cal State Northridge ... In addition to the Dec. 7 game against Cal Lutheran, the Matadors have three more home games, including the opener of the Big West Conference season ... On Dec. 22, CSUN hosts Santa Clara in a non-league contest ... Then on Dec. 28, the Matadors open Big West Conference competition against Pacific (7:05 p.m.) and on Dec. 30 agianst UC Davis (7:05 pm).
Matador head coach Bobby Braswell is in his 15th season at Cal State Northridge with a mark of 218-207 (.513) ... Braswell has coached CSUN to a 1-1 mark against Denver.
The superb performance by Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) at last weekend's 76 Classic in Anaheim has 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 ... The 31-point, ten-rebound performance against DePaul also gave Cal State Northridge its first victory over a Big East school in the 53-year history of Matador history ... In the first game of the 76 Classic, Daniel collected a season-high 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 ... Daniel blocked four shots during the tournament to give him 49 for his career ... That moved him into sixth place all-time at CSUN ... In his last game (vs Air Force, 12/2/10), Daniel scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds ... Daniel has two double-doubles this year and ten in his two-year Cal State Northridge career.
Cal State Northridge returns one starter who is expected to be one of the top players in the Big West Conference ... Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) collected a single season school record 44 blocks and led the league in that category (1.52 bpg) last year ... Daniel also ranked third in the Big West with 7.8 rebounds per game ... Last year, the honorable mention BWC selection tallied 11.7 ppg, second-best on the team ... Daniel, who is averaging 13.7 ppg (#11 in the BWC) and 9.0 rpg (#3 in the BWC), provides an inside scoring threat while Vinnie McGhee (5-10, 165, Junior, Guard, Oakland, Ca), whose 53 (1.65 pg) three-pointers ranked ninth in the conference, provides scoring from the outside ... Six returning players started at least five games last year ... Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) and Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) battled injuries last year, but are healthy this year ... McLemore currently leads the team in scoring (15.7 ppg, #7 in the Big West Conference) ... McLemore has scored in double-digits in six of seven games this year including a career-high 24 points along with five rebounds at California (11/16/10) ... Lyls is the team's starting point-guard and has dished out 35 assists (#1 in the BWC) in seven games ... Lyles had seven assists with no turnovers against DePaul (11/26/10) ... Raymond Cody (6-5, 190, Senior, Guard, Lancaster, Ca), a starter at the off-guard position, grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in his last game at Air Force (12/2/10) ... Eight freshmen players have been added to the CSUN roster ... Another new player, John Hayward-Mayhew (6-8, 220, Junior, Eugene, Or), grabbed a team-high seven rebounds at UCLA (11/12/10).
CSUN fans will definitely need a game program to keep track of this year's group ... Ten new players, including eight freshmen, join forces with seven returning lettermen to make up the 17-man 2010-11 CSUN varsity roster ... CSUN only has nine years of NCAA season experience, three of those seasons by senior Michael Lizarraga ... Only Cal State Fullerton (6 years) and UC Riverside (7 years) have younger Big West Conference teams than CSUN ... Josh Greene (6-0, 175, Freshman, Guard, Lakeview Terrace, Ca) recently scored 17 points (10-for-11) along with three assists against Vanguard (11/20/10) ... Aqeel Quinn (6-4, 190, Freshman, Guard, Lawndale, Ca) scored eight points (3-for-4 from the floor, 2-for-3 from behind the arc) at California (11/16/10) ... In the 2010-11 season opener at UCLA (11/12/10), the freshmen contributions included Thomas Jacobs (6-7, 205, Freshman, Forward, San Diego, Ca) with four rebounds in 15 minutes, Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) with five points and two blocks in eleven minutes ... Allen Jiles IV (6-4, 190, Freshman, G/F, Los Angeles, Ca) had five points, two rebounds and a steal in 13 minutes against Vanguard (11/20/10) ... This is the youngest team head coach Bobby Braswell will coach as he is in the midst of his 15th season as head coach at Cal State Northridge.
Dathan Lyles (5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh) is #1 in the Big West Conference in assists (5.0 apg) ... Lenny Daniel (6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va) is seventh in the league in field goal percentage (.493) ... Daniel is third in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and sixth in blocks (0.8 bpg) ... Rashaun McLemore (6-5, 205, Senior, G/F, Richmond, Va) is fourth in the Big West Conference in free throw shooting (.842, 16-for-19) and fifth in 3-pointers made (2.00 pg) ... Michael Lizarraga (6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Dixon, Ca) is tenth in the Big West Conference in steals (1.57 spg) ... Frankie Eteuati (6-10, 185, Freshman, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca) is second in the BWC in blocks at 1.57 per game ... Vinnie McGhee (5-10, 165, Junior, Oakland, Ca) is ninth in the Big West Conference in three-point field goal percentage (.368).
Challenging is always the trademark of the CSUN basketball schedule, and this year is no exception ... CSUN started the years with two games against Pac-10 schools at UCLA (L, 53-80, 11/12/10) and at California (L, 63-80, 11/16/10, 7:30 pm) ... In Bobby Braswell's previous 14 years as head coach at CSUN, the Matadors have scheduled at least one Pac-10 school in 13 of those years ... The Pac-10 opponents have included Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, UCLA, Washington and Washington State ... CSUN competed against national notables Virginia Tech (L, 56-72, 11/25/10), DePaul (W, 88-66, 11/26/10) and Tulsa (L, 63-80, 11/28/10) in the 76 Classic (11/25 to 11/28/10) at the Anaheim Convention Center.
CSUN is hoping to continue a couple positive trends from a year ago ... CSUN broke two single season records for free throw attempts with 933 and free throws made with 624 ... The 933 free throw attempts broke the old mark of 868 (26 games) set during the 1966-67 season ... The 933 free throw attempts were ranked fourth nationally behind Kansas State (29-8) with 1,098, Morgan State (27-10) with 983, and Kentucky (35-3) with 971 ... The Matadors made 624 free throws, 14th-best in the country ... The old school record was 613 set during the 2000-01 season ... Kansas State (29-8) led the nation with 734 free throws made ... The 49 free throw attempts against Seattle (1/11/10) and Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10) were third-best for a single game in school history ... The final Big West overall stats from 2009-10 showed CSUN was first in rebounding (37.9 rpg), second in scoring (71.3 ppg) and blocked shots (99, 3.1 bpg), and third in steals (239, 7.5 spg) and three-point field goal pct. defense (.345).
Five Cal State Northridge men's basketball games will appear on ESPN's family of networks and Fox Sports Net ... CSUN's game at Denver (12/4/10, 4:30 pm mst) will be televised on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain ... CSUN's three games (Virginia Tech, DePaul, Tulsa) at the 76 Classic (Nov. 25-28) were televised live on ESPNU ... One Big West Conference game will be televised on Fox Sports Net (Prime) ... That game will be CSUN's home contest against Cal Poly on Saturday, January 22 ... Game time at The Matadome is 1:00 p.m. ... CSUN will have other opportunities to be on television during the 2010-11 season ... The ESPN Brackbuster games that are slated either Friday (Feb. 18), Saturday (Feb. 19) or Sunday (Feb. 20) will be on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU ... The semi-finals of the Big West Tournament on Friday, March 11, will be televised on ESPNU ... The Big West Championship game will be seen on ESPN2.
The University of Denver is 1-6 overall ... Their only victory was a 69-51 decision over Alcorn State (12/24/10) .... Their most recent loss was a 61-53 decision to Utah State (12/1/10) at Magness Arena ... The Pioneers are 1-2 at home this year ... Brian Stafford (6-4, 188, Junior, Guard, Walnut Creek, Ca) and Chase Hallam (6-4, 210, Sophomore, Guard, Mesquite, Tx) are Denver's double-digit scorers at 14.4 ppg and 12.7 ppg, respectively ... Stafford is shooting .509 (29-for-57) from the floor ... Stafford also leads the team in three-pointers made with 11-of-24 for .458 ... Chris Udofia (6-6, 194, Freshman, Irving, Tx) is the team leader in rebounds (3.9 rpg) ... Jeff Scott is in his fourth season as head coach at Denver with a mark of 46-54.
Cal State Northridge and the University of Denver have met two times on the basketball court ... Each team has won once ... On Dec. 9, 2008, the Matadors scored a 80-53 decision over Denver at The Matadome ... On Dec. 8, 2009, Denver scored a 89-82 victory over the Matadors.
For the first time in the 53-year history of Cal State Northridge basketball, the Matadors scored a win over a Big East school when they scored a 88-66 win over DePaul (11/26/10).