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Weekly Release No. 16


UC Irvine Maintains Two Game Lead
UC Irvine collected its third series sweep on the conference schedule in Saturday’s victory over UC Santa Barbara. In defeating UCSB, Cal State Fullerton and Hawai‘i twice, the ‘Eaters have six wins over three of the four next best teams in the standings. UCI is 10-1 in Big West play, entering the week with a two game lead on Cal State Fullerton and a three game edge over Hawai‘i. Fourth place UC Davis (6-4) has won five straight.

‘Eaters Win Streak Now Eight Straight
UCI takes an eight game win streak into its lone matchup of the week against Cal Poly. The Thursday game will appear on ESPN3. The eight straight wins equals the longest streak in the Russell Turner era, set initially during the 2016-17 season. Another win would give UCI its longest win streak since the 2000-01 team won 13 in a row.

Sure Shots
Cal State Fullerton has rebounded from an 0-2 Big West start to win eight of its last nine games. The Titans have shot 50 percent or better in seven of their eight Big West victories, and their .476 field goal percentage is No. 1 in conference play. CSF is 9-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better, and have won 30 straight games dating back to the 2016-17 season when meeting that benchmark. The last time CSF shot 50 percent or better and lost was Dec. 7, 2016, at San Diego.
Hitting The Road, Win Streak In Tow
Trailing league-leading UC Irvine by three and a half games with just six to play, it’s a longshot UC Davis will repeat this season as regular season champion. Nonetheless, the Aggies continue to ascend the standings. After a 1-4 Big West start, the Aggies have won five straight and now own sole possession of fourth place. Wins at home last week against CSUN and Long Beach State improved the Aggies to 17-3 in the Pavilion against Big West foes dating to 2016-17. The Ags prepare for their final Big West roadtrip this week at CSF and CSUN (ESPN3). UC Davis has won its last three road games.

Hawai‘i Here We Go
After finishing 8-8 in Big West play for three of the last four seasons, Hawai‘i appears poised to emerge from the middle of the pack. The Rainbow Warriors are 7-4 against conference foes, currently good for third place, but also face the challenge of playing four of their final five games on the road. Up next is a big game at suddenly reeling UC Santa Barbara, which has lost three straight games. ESPNU will carry Thursday’s game from the Thunderdome.

Diane Top 10 In Big West Field Goal Attempts
CSUN redshirt freshman Lamine Diane is making an impact on the record books. The forward has taken 518 field goal attempts, which ranks him No. 10 in Big West single-season history. The next four players on that list all played in the NBA – San Jose State’s Ricky Berry (520, 1987-88), Cal State Fullerton’s Leon Wood (540, 1983-84) and Cedric Ceballos (545, 1988-89) and UNLV’s J.R. Rider (548, 1992-93).


UC Irvine senior JONATHAN GALLOWAY compiled his 11th double-digit rebounding game of the year with 11 against UC Santa Barbara in Saturday’s victory, giving him 10 or more boards for the seventh time in the last 11 contests.  The 11 caroms increased his career total to 900, making him just the ninth player in Big West history to accomplish the feat. Galloway surpassed both Armon Gilliam of UNLV (890) and Francois Wise of Long Beach State (896) to move into the No. 9 spot on the Big West career list. Galloway now needs five rebounds to grab the eighth spot away from UC Santa Barbara’s Eric McArthur (904, 1986-90).

Big West Career Rebounding Top 10 List
No. Name, School Rebs. Years 
1. T.J. Robinson, Long Beach State 1,208 2008-12
2. Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara 1,125 2011-15
3. Tony Neal, Cal State Fullerton 1,115 1981-85
4. Stacey Augmon, UNLV 1,005  1988-91
5.  Greg Grant, Utah State 1,003 1983-86
6. Stephen Maxwell, CSUN 976 2011-15
7. Ron Cornelius, Pacific 973 1979-81
8. Eric McArthur, UC Santa Barbara  904 1986-90
10. Francois Wise, Long Beach State 896 1977-80
11. Armon Gilliam, UNLV 890 1985-87
CSUN redshirt freshman LAMINE DIANE is having an monstrous season as the Big West leader in both scoring (24.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.9 rpg). He is in prime position to become just the eighth player in Big West history to lead in both categories. More impressively, he would become the first freshman to do so.

Player, School Years
Kevin Magee, UC Irvine 1980-81, 1981-82
Sidney Green, UNLV 1982-83
Larry Johnson, UNLV 1990-91
Michael Olowokandi, Pacific 1997-98
Ralphy Holmes, Cal State Fullerton 2004-05
Christian Maraker, Pacific 2005-06
Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara 2013-14

In addition to leading the Big West in scoring and rebounding, CSUN freshman LAMINE DIANE also tops the conference in blocks. The forward has blocked 53 shots in 24 games for a 2.1 per game average. Former NBA No. 1 draft pick and Pacific center Michael Olowokandi is the only player in Big West history to finish No. 1 in all three categories. In 1997-98, Olowokandi averaged 22.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game in his senior season. Diane’s numbers to this point are 24.1 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.


Long Beach State senior DEISHUAN BOOKER leads the Big West in free throws made (197), free throws attempted (220) and free throw percentage (.895). His 197 makes from the line leads the league by a landslide, as Cal State Fullerton’s Kyle Allman, Jr. is second with 106. After an 8-of-9 performance at the line against UC Davis, Booker has made 49 of his last 51 foul shots. Booker is now No. 3 on the Big West single-season chart, just four behind UNLV’s Larry Johnson (201, 1989-90) for the second spot.  Booker’s frequency at getting to the line already has been witnessed this year in games against Menlo (11-12), Southern Utah (10-11), UC Davis (19-20), UC Irvine twice (15-16 and 11-11), UC Santa Barbara (12-15) and Cal Poly (18-19). He is on pace to obliterate the single-season record of 211 held by CSF’s Wood since 1983-84. The single-season top 10 list is as follows:

Big West Single-Season Free Throws Made Top 10 List
No. Name, School FTM Year 
1. Leon Wood, Cal State Fullerton 211 1983-84
2. Larry Johnson, UNLV 201 1989-90
4. Jerry Green, UC Irvine 196 2000-01
5. Christian Standhardinger, Hawai‘i 195 2013-14
  J.R. Rider, UNLV 195 1992-93
7. Lucius Davis, UC Santa Barbara 194 1991-92
8. Kevin Magee, UC Irvine 188 1981-82
9. Leon Wood, Cal State Fullerton 187 1981-82
  Gilbert Wilburn, New Mexico State 187 1985-86


CSUN AT LONG BEACH STATE (BIGWEST.TV) - CSUN has lost six of its last eight games. Long Beach State has dropped eight of its last nine. The Matadors won this season’s first meeting by 15 points and seek a series sweep for the second time in three years. LBSU senior Temidayo Yussuf is 38 points shy from becoming the 24th player in program history to score 1,000.

CAL POLY AT UC IRVINE (ESPN3) - UC Irvine has won the bench points battle in nine of its 11 league games. The ‘Eaters also have not lost the points in the paint category for seven consecutive games.. Junior Max Hazzard has made at least one three-pointer in 18 straight game. Cal Poly senior Donovan Fields is 16 assists away from becoming just the second player in school history to record at least 1,000 points and 300 assists in a career. PxP: Rahshaun Haylock • ANALYST: Bill Herenda • SIDELINE: Megan Reza

UC DAVIS AT CAL STATE FULLERTON (BIGWEST.TV) - Anticipated battle between two of the conference’s hotter teams. UC Davis is riding a season-best five-game winning streak, while Cal State Fullerton has captured eight of its last nine. UC Davis has been potent from distance lately, tying its season high with 12 three-point baskets in each of the last two contests. Titan senior Kyle Allman, Jr. has scored 20 or more in six of the last nine games.

HAWAI‘I AT UC SANTA BARBARA (ESPNU) - UC Santa Barbara is mired in a three-game funk that includes a combined 23.7% (14-for-59) shooting from three-point land. Conversely, Hawai‘i has been red hot from distance, connecting at a 51.8% (44-for-85) clip over its last four games. The ‘Bows are 8-1 when hitting 10 or more threes in a game. UCSB guard Max Heidegger needs 43 points to reach the career 1,000 club. PxP: Sam Farber • ANALYST: Caron Butler