Northridge, Calif- Freshman Lamine Diane is attacking the rim at a pace that hasn’t been seen in the Valley for quite sometime. In only his fifth game Diane took another record off the books. Diane coupled his 32 points with 18 rebounds in CSUN’s 103-94 loss to Washington State Tuesday night in Pullman, WA.
Fellow freshman Darius Brown II last night set another CSUN record by going 12-of-12 from the field to finish with 25 points.
CSUN (1-4) may have lost three straight games but are showing great promise in the feature with its young core led by Diane and Brown. Under coach Mark Gottfried, the confidence has continued to build with this team who last year was sputtering offensively.
Are the Matadors anywhere near where they want to be? Of course not. Defensively the lack of continuity have allowed opponents to average 85.6 points per game.
Still CSUN is already showing they are a much better team from last season. They get up and down the floor at a rapid pace. In four of their games this season the Matadors have scored more then 80 points. That happened just twice last year including putting up 93 points against NAIA opponent San Diego Christian.
The dismal five past seasons under Reggie Theus is now behind CSUN and they can look at the present and into the future with Gottfried and his athletic young squad.
Written by Ethan Hanson