The Cal State Northridge men's basketball team (8-3), winner of seven of its past eight games, reminds senior forward Pat Bolden of the 1984-85 Matador squad that won the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. championship.
"We started 0-3 against Utah, Utah State and Weber State," said Bolden, who was a freshman in 1984. "This is almost like a replica, except this year we have a better bench."
Bolden, who needs just 41 points to join the CSUN top 10 for career scoring, scored 16 points and had 9 rebounds in CSUN's 85-55 win over Barry on Monday. The senior forward--CSUN's leading scorer with an average of 15 points a game--looked especially impressive on plays where he swept in from the outside, grabbed a rebound and scored.
"Coach Cassidy has been getting on my case for four years about that," Bolden said.
Free-throw futility: Northridge has been impressive in just about every category this season except free-throw shooting.
Against Barry, the Matadors converted 8 of 17 free throws--just slightly better than their 7-of-17 performance from the three-point line.
Northridge has made only 61% of its free throws this season.
30-30 vision: Steve deLaveaga is closing in on another scoring record after pumping in 35 points in Cal Lutheran's 85-80 victory over Cal Poly Pomona on Monday.
DeLaveaga, who is averaging 26.6 points a game, has scored 30 points or more four times this season. The junior guard had seven 30-point games last year--a school record--and has 12 in his college career.
In three of CLU's four victories, deLaveaga has scored 30 points or more.
CLU (4-7) will compete in a Division III tournament in La Jolla this weekend. The Kingsmen conclude their nonconference schedule Monday at home against Southern Utah State. They play host to Westmont in their Golden State Athletic Conference opener Wednesday.
Valley connection: The College of the Sequoias basketball team is off to a 12-6 start largely because of a freshman trio of former Valley-area high school players.
Marcus Malone, a 6-4 All-City Section forward from Kennedy, is the leading scorer for the Giants, averaging 15 points a game. Malone was selected all-tournament at the Antelope Valley and Sequoias tournaments and scored a season-high 28 points against Golden West.
Andre Anderson, a 5-10 point guard from Cleveland, is the first guard off the bench and is averaging 9.2 points a game.
John DeRouen, a 6-2 guard from Montclair Prep, is also a reserve, averaging 2.3 points a game.
Sequoias is coached by John Boragno, who is in his first year with the program. Boragno coached at Western New Mexico the previous two years and was an assistant at Cal State Northridge from 1979-83.
Big chill: Northridge was forced to pull its swim team out of this weekend's UC Irvine Invitational after it missed two weeks of training because the school's pool heater was turned off over the holidays.
The university turned off heating elements in all of its facilities for two weeks as a cost-cutting measure.
Northridge will play host to Irvine in a dual meet Jan. 16 at 11 a.m.
Pool poll: If the latest College Swim Coaches Assn. rankings are any indication, Cal State Northridge once again will contend for Division II national championships.
Northridge women have national bests this season in 13 categories. The men's team has six.
Jude Kylander, Stacy Mettam, Tina Schnare and Jeanna Giessinger each own national bests in two events. Kylander has the fastest times in the 50 and 100 freestyles, clocking 24.20 and 52.56, respectively. Other national bests are Mettam in the 100 backstroke (59.25) and 200 back (2:07.83), Schnare in the 200 back (1:05.66) and 200 breaststroke (2:21.47), Giessinger in the 200 free (1:54.28) and also in the 500 free (5:04.03). Lisa Dial and Michelle Sulak of CSUN are second and third in the 500 free with times of 5:05.70 and 5:06.33, respectively.
Tina Dodson has the best time in the 100 butterfly (57.68) and Northridge relay teams have the fastest times in the 200 medley (1:48.78), 400 medley (3:55.15), 200 free (1:36.71) and 400 free (3:32.96).
Ted Hollahan has the best time in the men's 100 free (45.49) and 200 free (1:39.65). John Carpadakis has the fastest time in the 500 free (4:35.33), Sean Parker is best in the 200 back (1:54.12) and Kurt White is rated first in the 400 individual medley (4:07.54). The CSUN men's team also has the best time in the 800 free relay (6:53.20).
Restless: The Cal Lutheran women's basketball team cannot complain about fatigue. The Regals (1-8), who play at Cal State Los Angeles on Friday, have had nearly a month off since their last game.
Regal Coach Norm Chung hopes the break will help CLU snap its six-game losing streak.
"The layoff is good because they will come back rested," Chung said. "By the time we get to the end of the season, we're still fresh."
The Regals have two games before they open GSAC play at Southern California College on Jan. 16.