CSUN getting better in Bakersfield

Alonso Tacanga

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The Matadors game against Stanford is a thing of the past. They achieved their goal: getting better.

‘We improved tremendously,’ said Josh Jenkins, CSUN’s starting point guard.

Jenkins led the charge against the Cardinal with 24 points. He almost single-handedly kept Northridge afloat as three other starters struggled to get any sort of rhytm due to foul trouble.
CSUN was locked at 70-all against the Cardinal, but then – behind a flurry of free throws – Stanford pulled away.

After jawing at his team following a win against Cal Lutheran Friday, Head Coach Bobby Braswell was rather pleased with the loss. He saw progress in the teams’ play and hopes that continues Friday night at Cal State Bakersfield.

The Roadrunners are in transition mode. In a couple of years, they’ll be a Division I team and most likely join the Matadors as a Big West Conference team.

They want to prove they belong. A win tonight can sure make a case for that.

As far as CSUN goes, they just want to get better. Again.

Date: Friday
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
Place: Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield
Series: Tied 19-19
Last Meeting: CSUB 76 @ Matadors 92 (2007)

Interesting Fact: The Matadors beat the Roadrunners last season. However, before that, it had been 17 years since they matched up at all.

Matador to watch:
Deon Tresvant, senior Guard

Tresvant has struggled mightily to start the regular season. The guard was the Matadors’ leading scorer last season so Braswell naturally gave him a starting spot in 2008-09. He’s shot a combined 5-of-21 in the first two matches, though. Baskersfield is the perfect place for the explosive shooter to shake off the rust and add another ‘W” to CSUN’s record.

Roadrunner to watch:
Terrence Johns, senior Guard’

Johns is to the Roadrunners what Tresvant is to the Matadors. So much that he’s even off to a similar start to that of the CSUN guard. After leading CSUB in scoring at 13.2 ppg last season, John’s averaging only six points in 2008-09. Worse yet, his runners are 0-2. This is their home opener. He’ll be looking to cook.