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Men’s basketball: Matadors look toward future

Gilberto Manzano

March 16, 2011

Before the 2010-11 season began, Bobby Braswell did not know what to anticipate from his youngest team in 15 years as head coach at Cal State Northridge. Braswell was not expecting the Matadors to win a Big West title or even finish in the top half of the conference standings. All he knew was h...

CSUN men’s basketball: No. 3 Matadors lose to No. 5 Gauchos in the Big West semifinals Friday night in Anaheim

Gilberto Manzano

March 13, 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The inexperienced Matadors, who were chosen to finish eighth in the conference, had their surprise run to the Big West semifinals come to an end as the veteran group of UC Santa Barbara won in a blow out, 83-63, Friday night at the Honda Center.       “We were picked to finish eighth or ninth and these kids found a way to fight and battle and...

CSUN men’s basketball: Matadors season comes to an end after losing to defending champions UC Santa Barbara in semifinals

CSUN men's basketball: Matadors season comes to an end after losing to defending champions UC Santa Barbara in semifinals

Gilberto Manzano

March 12, 2011

Cal State Northridge immediately walked over to congratulate UC Santa Barbara as the final buzzer sounded on Friday night. Lenny Daniel opted to remain in his chair clutching on his white towel with a dazed look as his senior season came to an end. Moments later, Daniel gradually stood up to shake hands with the Gauchos, but it was too late as most of the team was already headed to the locker room. Similar to Daniel’s delayed walk, No. 3 ...

CSUN men’s basketball: Matadors have no problem with Titans, advance to face UCSB in semifinals

CSUN men's basketball: Matadors have no problem with Titans, advance to face UCSB in semifinals

Gilberto Manzano

March 11, 2011

There was a peculiar saying that stood out for Vinnie McGhee during Thursday night’s Big West quarterfinals. “We had a real good talk with coach and basically we didn’t want to come out like grasshoppers because grasshoppers don’t eat grapes,” said McGhee drawing laughs from reporte...

CSUN men’s basketball: Northridge wins first game at Spanos Center and clinch third seed in Big West Tournament

Gilberto Manzano

March 6, 2011

Cal State Northridge was not anticipated to finish anywhere near the top half of the Big West Conference standings and certainly were not expected to beat the University of the Pacific at Spanos Center, a place where the Matadors have never won in 10 tries. But that’s exactly what happened on Saturday night as Northridge clinched the No. 3 seed in the Big West Tournament after holding on to a 58-54 road victory over the Tigers to e...

CSUN Men’s Basketball: Matadors come out victorious against Gauchos in last home game, 68-60

CSUN Men's Basketball: Matadors come out victorious against Gauchos in last home game, 68-60

Gilberto Manzano

February 25, 2011

Video by Monique Muñiz / Sports Editor It was the perfect Senior Night as all five Matador seniors were able to come out in the final seconds of Thursday night’s matchup and get a standing ovation from the ruckus sold out crowd at the Matadome. Senior Dathan Lyles knocked down five free throw...

CSUN basketball: Matador seniors to be honored in last home game

Gilberto Manzano

February 23, 2011

What is your most memorable moment at CSUN? Michael Lizarraga Forward “Winning the Big West Championship two years ago. Last season’s Washington Huskies game, I had one of my best games and the Cal game this season because my old school was there to see me and I had 15 points.” Lenny Daniel forward ...

CSUN men’s basketball: Seniors will play last home game against UC Santa Barbara

Gilberto Manzano

February 23, 2011

It will be a special game for the five Matador seniors being honored tonight at the Matadome against UC Santa Barbara, but also a vital matchup as Cal State Northridge will try to climb up the Big West standings and position themselves for a better seed in the conference tournament. Seniors Raymond Cody, Lenny Daniel, Michael Lizarraga, Dathan Lyles, and Rashaun McLemore will all be recognized on Senior Night. Lyles said he is lookin...

Men’s Basketball: Matadors get trampled by Mustangs, 72-49

Gilberto Manzano

February 16, 2011

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- The opportunity was there for Cal State Northridge to climb up the standings. Beat Cal Poly on Wednesday night and move back to second place in the Big West and hold the tie breaker over the Mustangs. CSUN failed to take advantage of a golden chance as they were cru...

CSUN men’s basketball: 49er Casper Ware scores 22 points and drops Matadors to third place after a 79-62 loss

Gilberto Manzano

February 13, 2011

Casper Ware continues to haunt Cal State Northridge. With a jam packed Matadome and CSUN only trailing the top-ranked team in the Big West by one point with 7:49 left, Ware, who was dealing with foul trouble, entered the game and orchestrated the Long Beach State offense to perfection. The Matadors, who entered the matchup in second place and two games behind the 49ers, had no answers for the junior point guard as Long Beach State went...

CSUN men’s basketball will face two Big West Conference foes in Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State

Gilberto Manzano

February 9, 2011

What a difference a year makes. Last season, through the first 10 Big West Conference games, Cal State Northridge had a 4-6 record and was at the bottom half of the league standings. To make matters worse, Matador star player Lenny Daniel was benched for two games for poor behavior toward the team. It has been the opposite so far this season as the Matadors are currently in second place with a 6-4-league ...

CSUN men’s basketball wins over UC Irvine to stay in second place

Gilberto Manzano

February 6, 2011

After having its three-game winning streak snapped Thursday at UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge bounced back to defeat UC Irvine, 91-83, Saturday at the Matadome and remain in second place in the Big West standings. The Matadors recorded their sixth conference win, matching last season’s total. Matador Lenny Daniel led all scorers with 22 points and...

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