December 11, 2000 Vol. V, No. 8

Northridge Slam Dinks UCLA in Hoops

No matter what happens during the rest of the season, Cal State Northridge basketball coach Bobby Braswell and his Matadors already have made history this fall for the university and its athletic program.

The Matadors' huge 78-74 victory at 15th-ranked UCLA on November 21 was the biggest win ever for CSUN basketball, the basketball program's first win over a nationally ranked team, and widely viewed as the biggest victory in the history of CSUN athletics.

The upset, shown on cable network Fox Sports West II, brought floods of congratulations to CSUN, boosted attendance at home games, spurred unprecedented media coverage, and cast a bright aura over the campus.

"This is just unbelievable for our program. This team is an absolute gift," said Braswell, after beating 11-time NCAA champion UCLA before a crowd of 6,500 at Pauley Pavilion.

How was the victory received? "CSUN rocks!" the Daily News declared in an editorial. "CSUN is definitely marching forward and making tremendous progress as an institution and as a leader in the community."

CSUN President Jolene Koester said the team's success should help spur interest in the rest of CSUN's endeavors. "That kind of attention is what CSUN should receive all the time in Los Angeles," she said.

Matadors 2000-2001 Basketball Schedule
Overal Record 5-2/Conference Record 0-0
Nov. 19 W 90-73 Howard
Nov. 21 W 78-74 UCLA
Nov. 25 L 70-69 UNLV
Nov. 28 W 75-50 Cal Poly Pomona

Dec. 1 W 89-85 OT Kent State
Dec. 2 L 69-66 Marquette
Dec. 5 L 99-90 USC
Dec. 7 W 78-74 Wyoming
Dec. 18 James Madison
Dec. 21 Alabama-Birmingham
Dec. 22 University of Hawaii
Dec. 23 Georgia State
Dec. 27 Vanguard

Jan. 4 *Weber State
Jan. 6 *Sacramento State
Jan. 11 *Northern Arizona
Jan. 13 *Idaho State
Jan. 18 *Portland State
Jan. 20 *Eastern Washington
Jan. 25 *Montana State
Jan. 27 *Montana
Jan. 31 *Sacramento State

Feb. 1 *Weber State
Feb. 8 *Idaho State
Feb. 17 *Northern Arizona
Feb. 22 *Montana
Feb. 24 *Montana State

March 1 *Eastern Washington
March 3 *Portland State
March 8-10 Big Sky Conf. Tourn.

*Big Sky Conference game Home Games in Bold

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