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CSUN Men’s Basketball: Matadors hopeful of new defensive system

CSUN Men’s Basketball: Matadors hopeful of new defensive system

Gilberto Manzano

January 23, 2011

During the winter break, the Cal State Northridge men’s basketball team posted a disappointing 3-7 record, where they questioned the head coach’s game plan at times and gave up multiple second half leads, but have gained some momentum by playing its best defense of the season in the last five games,...

CSUN men’s basketball: Matadors lose to Seattle in a non-conference matchup

Gilberto Manzano

January 20, 2011

There’s one stat that stood out for Cal State Northridge after losing, 75-68, to Seattle University in a non-conference game at the Matadome. “I just can’t get over that 25 (offensive rebounds) number, which is just staring right at me,” said CSUN head coach Bobby Braswell after the Matadors were out rebound 44-36. “I’m looking at this stat sheet...

CSUN men’s basketball: Matadors solid defense is key to their win over Cal State Fullerton

Gilberto Manzano

January 16, 2011

In the past Bobby Braswell’s teams were known for playing top notch defense, but in the last year and a half Cal State Northridge has been struggling to get stops. After realizing that the Matadors were ranked dead last in point allowed in the Big West Conference, Braswell finally had enough and pounded a defensive first mentality into his players. “We went over our league statistics yest...

CSUN men’s basketball falls short against UC Riverside

Gilberto Manzano

January 14, 2011

The second half letdowns are starting to wear on CSUN head coach Bobby Braswell. “Same old record, same old thing… one half of basketball and totally fell apart in the second half. We don’t have the instinct in us to finish” said Braswell after Northridge lost to UC Riverside, 70-61, Thursday night at the Matadome in Big West play. Falling apart in...

CSUN men’s basketball lacks defense against 49ers

Gilberto Manzano

January 6, 2011

LONG BEACH, Calif -- It’s never a good sign when players start questioning the head coach’s system. With four 49ers scoring 15 points or more, Cal State Northridge struggled defensively against Long Beach State’s talented starting five, losing 85-71 Wednesday night at the Walter Pyramid...

CSUN men’s basketball: Matadors beat UC Davis to snap three-game losing streak

CSUN men’s basketball: Matadors beat UC Davis to snap three-game losing streak

Gilberto Manzano

December 31, 2010

Two days removed from the second half meltdown against Pacific, Cal State Northridge bounced back against UC Davis, as the Matadors were all smiles and laughs in their 87-81 victory over the Aggies at the Matadome Thursday night in Big West play. “I feel like running laps. I’m talking more today,” said a delighted Lenny Daniel, referring to his post-game interview after the ...

CSUN men’s basketball: Matadors reveal frustration after second half meltdown

CSUN men’s basketball: Matadors reveal frustration after second half meltdown

Gilberto Manzano

December 29, 2010

A three-game losing streak, where Cal State Northridge lost at the buzzer to Cal State Bakersfield, got crushed by 20 points at home against Santa Clara, and now a second half collapse to start Big West play has a few Matador seniors frustrated. An often laid-back Rashaun McLemore finally showed emotion and the normally tal...

CSUN’s men’s basketball falters against Pacific in Big West opener

Gilberto Manzano

December 28, 2010

You live by the zone, you die by the zone. Behind the zone defense, Cal State Northridge built a second half double digit lead, but only to see it vanished with hot three-point shooting by Pacific, as the Matadors fell 74-64 at the Matadome Tuesday night in the Big West opener. The Tigers, who...

CSUN men’s basketball falls apart in second half against Santa Clara, enter Big West play with losing streak

CSUN men’s basketball falls apart in second half against Santa Clara, enter Big West play with losing streak

Gilberto Manzano

December 23, 2010

CSUN head coach Bobby Braswell sat calmly in his chair, while watching his team fall behind by as much as 26 points in the second half against Santa Clara on Wednesday night. Instead of expressing disgruntled emotions on the bench, which Braswell is known for doing at times, he opted to be patien...

CSUN men’s basketball: Consistency main focus during winter break

Gilberto Manzano

December 8, 2010

With the fall semester coming to an end, the Cal State Northridge men’s basketball team will not be resting during winter break as the Matadors have 10 games to play before the Spring 2011 semester starts in late January. CSUN, who snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday night with a victory over Cal Lutheran, has two more games to play, before starting the Big Wes...

Men’s basketball: CSUN avoids upset with solid finish

Gilberto Manzano

December 8, 2010

It took CSUN 20 minutes to realize that it shouldn’t be struggling against a visiting Division III team. Coming out off halftime tied 31-31 against the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen, the Matadors opened the second period on a 17-4 run en route to a 75-52 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak Tuesday night at the Matadome. “It doesn’t matter what team we play, if the...

CSUN men’s basketball looks to avoid four-game losing streak

Gilberto Manzano

December 6, 2010

With a three-game losing streak and possibility of losing one of its top players, CSUN couldn’t have asked for an easier opponent to beat up on. After losing two road games in Colorado (Air Force, Denver), the Matadors will try to get back on track against Cal Lutheran, a team CSUN has dominated in past years, facing off tonight at the Matadome. Northridge’s second leading sc...

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