Men’s basketball to take on Hope International and Eastern Wash.

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The CSUN men’s basketball team will look to add to its record of 3-1 with games against Hope International on Dec. 1 at the Matadome and Eastern Washington in Cheney on Dec. 4.

Hope International started the season with a 0-3 record and is led by head coach and athletic director Greg Pappas.

Eastern Washington is currently 1-3 and will play Idaho prior to the Matador game. Eastern Washington, in the last two games, allowed an opponent-guard to score 37 points (SIU’s Jamaal Tatum) and 25 points (USC’s Nick Young).

The Matadors are led by junior guard Mike Efevberha, who assumed the leadership role after the departure of last season’s star guard Ian Boylan.

Efevberha has a Big West Conference leading 24.3 points per game through four games. He is averaging better than five points more than the next best CSU Fullerton’s Jamaal Brown. In fact, Efevberha scored above 20 points in every game except one. Against Northern Colorado on Nov. 26, he scored 18 points on 6-10 shooting from the field.

Efevberha also set the record for most division I points scored in the Matadome, with 36 against Tulsa on Nov. 22. He made 14 of 25 shots and 6 of 11 from the three-point line, including seven steals. Efevberha’s game against Tulsa, and his stellar start to the season, has awarded him Big West Player of the Week honors. In addition to his scoring, Efevberha recorded 5.3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2.3 steals and 13-14 from the free throw line.

As a team, CSUN ranks third among Big West teams in scoring, with 80.2 per game. The Matadors also rank second in steals, behind Fullerton, with 9.25 per game.

Matador junior center Thomas Shewmake also came alive over the past week, registering two consecutive double doubles during the Golden Bear Classic. Shewmake recently came back from a knee injury sustained during the off-season.

Matt Osias can be reached at sports_sundial@csun.edu.