Jan. 29, 2009

Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State L.A. take centerstage Saturday night when the two will meet for a nationally televised California Collegiate Athletic Association showdown. The game between the Coyotes and the Golden Eagles will be aired at 5:30 p.m (PT) from Coussoulis Arena on the CSUSB campus by the CBS COllege Sports Network and will also be available for viewing on ncaa.com.

"This appearance on national TV will compliment our other marketing initatives like webstreaming of home volleyball and basketball games, which is already under way," said CSUSB Athletic Director Kevin Hatcher.    

"I'm also excited about the opportunity for our alumni, fans and friends across the country to be able to see us play," Hatcher added.

“Our partnership with CBS College Sports has been a successful and productive Division II initiative,” said Mike Racy, vice president of NCAA Division II. “We are able to provide national exposure for the student-athletes and their institutions while also providing viewers a unique glimpse into the division and the way we balance academics and athletics excellence.”

This will be CSUSB’s third appearance on national television in three years. In March, 2007, the Coyotes NCAA championship semifinal game against Barton College was carried live on cable channel CSTV, the predecessor of CBS College Sports. Last November, the Coyotes’ exhibition game against UCLA was carried live on cable station ESPN2.

The Coyotes are the 2007-08 co-champions of the CCAA conference and have won or shared the title in seven of the last nine years. They have won three NCAA West Region titles – 1999, 2002 and 2007.

“NCAA Division II basketball has been a staple of our strategy to serve fans at every level,” said Tim Pernetti, executive vice president for content at CBS College Sports Network. “Our partnership with the NCAA continues to thrive on many fronts, providing a well-deserved national showcase for NCAA Division II athletics and some memorable moments on the CBS College Sports Network.”

The Coyotes lead the series 26-10 and have won the last 21 in a row since losing to the Golden Eagles 64-46 in 1999 at L.A.
 
“They are another team with a lot of weapons," CSUSB coach Jeff Oliver said. "(Chris) Fields is one of the leading scorers in the conference. (Christofer) Hart is one of the best point guards in the CCAA.”

Oliver summed it all up when we said, “We will have to play extremely well defensively both nights to win.”

The Golden Eagles have already faced Cal State San Bernardino this season and the Coyotes pulled out a 73-70 win in overtime. Cal State L.A. led by eight points with 10 minutes to go in regulation, fell behind by as many five and then sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Demetrius Hazel.
 
Cal State L.A. enters this weekend’s game with a 10-7 overall record and a 5-5 mark in conference. Cal State San Bernardino is 9-7 overall and 7-3 in conference. The Golden Eagles have won nine of their last 12 games.
 
Cal State L.A.’s men’s team finished tied for third in the CCAA last season, its best finish since 2000. The Golden Eagles finished with a 17-11 overall mark and hosted a first-round CCAA Championship Tournament game. The 17 wins were the most for the Golden Eagles since a 19-9 finish in 1999-2000 and marked an impressive seven-game improvement from the previous two seasons. Just three years ago, the Golden Eagles suffered through a 1-26 record.
 
The Golden Eagles were ranked ninth in the final regular-season Division II West Region poll and just missed out on the 64-team field that included eight teams from eight different regions.

Courtesy of Cal State San Bernardino & Cal State L.A. Athletics