Men's Basketball To Play Last Road Game At Cal State Northridge Thursday
March 5, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. -
Game: Long Beach State at Cal State Northridge
With 18 points February 15 against Cal Poly, junior Mike Caffey blew past the 1,000 point milestone at Long Beach State, becoming the 23rd player to reach the pleteau. Caffey passed two more players Saturday with 22 points at Cal State Fullerton, and now ranks as the No. 17 all-time scorer at Long Beach State.
Caffey received Preseason All-Big West honors, one of six players picked one season after earning First-Team All-Big West honors as a sophomore. Caffey is leading the 49ers in scoring with 16.2 points per game, ranking seventh in the Big West and has scored over 20 points 10 times on the year. Caffey is also leading the team with 119 assists, and is third in rebounding with 4.5 boards per game. His 34.93 minutes per game average is also second in the Big West this season.
Since the arrival of Travis Hammonds and Tyler Lamb, the 49ers have turned things around after a 1-9 start. Defensively, the team has been competitive, making the team's offensive output the key to victory. The key number is shooting 35%; Since Dec. 19, the team is 12-2 when passing that number while going 0-4 when shooting under that mark. The only two losses when shooting over that mark came against UCSB on a buzzer-beater and last Saturday at Cal State Fullerton.
Senior Dan Jennings continues to put up big numbers for the 49ers in his final season. Jennings ranks fourth in the Big West in rebounding with 8.2 rebounds per game, and is third on the 49ers with 10.1 points per game. Four times Jennings has led the 49ers in scoring, and has topped the team in rebounding 19 times in 2013-14, including recording his seventh double-double of the year against Hawai'i with 13 points and 10 rebounds; his second straight double-double. Jennings also became the first 49er in two years to have a perfect day from the field, shooting 6-for-6 against Cal State Northridge on Jan. 25.
After scoring 12 points against Loyola Marymount, junior A.J. Spencer has secured a spot in the starting lineup, scoring in double-figures in 12 times. The junior college transfer helped lift the 49ers over Hawai'i on the road scoring a career-high 24 points, and is fourth on the team with an 9.0 ppg average.
Junior college transfer David Samuels picked up his second double-double of the year against UC Davis, putting up 10 points and 10 rebounds against the Aggies. Samuels finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds at NC State while recording his first double-double earlier in the season. His 5.3 rebounds per game rank 14th in the Big West, and second on the team behind Jennings.
The 49ers also bring in freshman Travis Hammonds, who joined Long Beach State after enrolling for the spring semester. Hammonds is a 6-6 guard who hails from Columbia, S.C., and had an outstanding game against UCI, leading The Beach with 12 points. His true breakout came against UC Davis however, scoring 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting with six rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead the 49ers over the Aggies. The true freshman picked up his first double-double at UC Irvine with 10 points and 10 rebounds, the third 49er of the year to record a double-double. Hammonds ranks fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 6.1 points per game with 3.1 boards per game.
Originally serving as a backup to Mike Caffey, Branford Jones forced his way into the starting lineup as an extra ball-handler against VCU, and responded with a breakout game, scoring 19 points in 37 minutes with just one turnover against VCU's havoc defense. The redshirt freshman is continuing to showcase much of the promise the guard showed before going down with an ankle injury in the first game of the year last season. Jones currently ranks seventh on the team in scoring, averaging 5.1 points per game and is second on the team with 50 assists.
ABOUT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
In the first meeting between the teams, Mike Caffey led Long Beach State in scoring with 23 points, while Dan Jennings had a monster game,finishing with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while being perfect from the floor, 6-of-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line.
Cal State Northridge will be having their own senior night on Thursday, honoring Dominique Youmans, as well as one of their top players, Josh Greene.
Greene holds seven CSUN school records, and appears in the school's Top 10 26 times. Greene has made 219 career 3-pointers, a school record, and is averaging 15.6 points per game this season, one of three Matadors averaging over 15 points per game.
Cal State Northridge is led in scoring by Stephen Maxwell at 18.1 points per game, while Stephan Hicks is second with 16.6 points per game, and both average over five rebounds per game as well, with Maxwell leading the squad with 9.0 boards per game while Hicks averages 6.7.