Former Cal State standout Ivan Johnson signs with Mavericks

Ivan Johnson

Former Cal State San Bernardino basketball player Ivan Johnson has signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

The 6-foot-8, 255-found forward started all five games for the Mavericks at the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal in 20.8 minutes pg.

He spent the 2013-14 season playing for the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls in China, where he averaged 26 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.9 steals and 32.8 minutes per game in 24 games.

His first NBA experience came with the Atlanta Hawks, who signed him on Dec. 9, 2011 after impressing the club in a mini-camp and earning an invite to training camp. He appeared in 56 games for Atlanta in 2011-12 and averaged 6.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 72.0 percent from the foul line. Johnson was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April. He ranked third among rookies in field goal percentage.

He re-signed with Atlanta on Sept. 18, 2012. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.0 minutes per game in 69 games (five starts) for the Hawks in 2012-13.

Johnson holds career averages of 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.8 minutes per game in 125 NBA games (five starts).

Cal State’s Haddock named NABC All-American

Lacy Haddock free throw

Senior guard Lacy Haddock of Cal State San Bernardino has been named to the 2014 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-American team.

He is the seventh player in his sport’s history to earn All-American honors, joining Mark Warren (1988-89), Bobby Burries (2001-03), Jonathan Levy (2004), Brandon Brown (2009), Bryan LeDuc (2010) and Kwame Alexander (2013).

The Las Vegas native paced the Coyotes (24-5) to their best season in terms of record winning percentage in 10 seasons. The Coyotes , won the CCAA regular-season title, finished the regular season with a No. 16 national ranking and played host to NCAA West Regional.

The 6-foot-2 inch Haddock had one of the top seasons by a point guard in the country. He averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 assists and 37.2 minutes a game.  He tied his school single-game record for assists with 14 against Westmont on Nov. 13 and had five double-digit assist games and eight games with at least eight.

His 1,079 minutes played is an all-time record for a Coyote in a season and he is the only player in school history to play at least 1,000 minutes in a season, which he accomplished in both seasons. Nine times he played an entire game including two overtime contests in 2013-14.

This season’s CCAA Player of the Year, Haddock completed his two-year Coyote career as the No. 2 all-time assists leader (324) and his 179 assists this season rates third all-time. His 6.17 assists/game (season) and 5.68 assists/game (career) are both second on the CSUSB charts.

Cal State’s Haddock, Gardner earn all-West Region accolades

Lacy Haddock_Kirby Gardner

Senior guards Lacy Haddock (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Kirby Gardner (Rialto) capped their collegiate careers with National Basketball Association of Coaches (NABC) all-region honors.

Haddock earned first-team honors and Gardner was named to the second team for the Coyotes (24-5 overall), who won the CCAA regular-season title and  finished the regular season with a No. 16 national ranking.

Haddock, earlier named CCAA Player of the Year, averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 assists and 37.2 minutes a game.  He tied his school record for assists in a game with 14 against Westmont on Nov. 13 and had five double-digit assist games and eight games with at least eight.

  His 1,079 minutes played is an all-time record for a Coyote in a season and he is the only player in school history to play at least 1,000 minutes in a season, which he accomplished in both seasons. Nine times he played an entire game including two overtime contests.

  He completed his career as the No.2 all-time assists leader (324) and his 179 assists this season rates third all-time. His 6.17 assists/game (season) and 5.68 assists/game (career) are both second on the CSUSB charts.

 Gardner, a former standout at Eisenhower High and San Bernardino Valley College, averaged 14.1 points a game and had five games of at least 20 points with a season-high 25 at Humboldt State on Dec. 7. He  shot 51.7 percent from the field, 41 percent 3-pointers and averaged 4 rebounds and 2.6 assists a game.

All-CCAA Men’s Basketball Team Unveiled

Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
Marcus Bell Cal State Stanislaus C 6-9 225 Sr.
Jordan Faison Cal Poly Pomona F 6-7 220 So.
Kirby Gardner Cal State San Bernardino G 6-2 215 Sr.
Lacy Haddock Cal State San Bernardino G 6-3 185 Sr.
David Howard Humboldt State F 6-7 230 Jr.
James McCann UC San Diego G 5-11 165 Sr.
Nefi Perdomo San Francisco State G 6-1 170 Sr.
DeRonn Scott Cal Poly Pomona G 6-6 185 Sr.
Jordan Semple Chico State F 6-7 210 Jr.
Quinton Watkins Cal State L.A. G 6-4 220 Sr.
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
Jordan Burris Cal State San Bernardino F 6-7 220 Sr.
Amir Carraway Chico State F 6-6 210 Sr.
Justin Herold Sonoma State F/C 6-8 235 Sr.
Ryan Nitz Cal State Monterey Bay F/C 6-4 182 Jr.
Calvin Otiono San Francisco State G 6-2 185 Sr.
Sean Park Chico State G 6-4 200 Sr.
Rashad Parker Chico State G 6-0 190 Sr.
Chris Read Cal State Stanislaus G 6-4 195 Jr.
James Tillman Cal State L.A. F 6-6 215 Sr.
Andrew Young Cal State San Bernardino F 6-8 240 Sr.

Player of the Year: Lacy Haddock, Cal State San Bernardino
Newcomer of the Year: Chris Read, Cal State Stanislaus
Freshman of the Year: Adam Klie, UC San Diego
Coach of the Year: Jeff Oliver, Cal State San Bernardino

Two locals still in NCAA Division II national rankings

Josh Gouch vs. SFSU

Two local teams still boast national basketball rankings.

Cal State San Bernardino is now No. 14, up one place from last week, while Cal Poly Pomona is up four spots to No. 17.

Both teams are on the road this week to wrap up the regular season.

The CCAA tournament will get underway March 6 with first-round action. The Coyotes have guaranteed themselves a opening-round bye and play Friday, March 7.

Metro State remains the nation’s top-ranked team with 15 first-place votes.

1. Metro State, Colo. (15 first place votes) 23-1
2. Tarleton State, Texas (1 first place vote) 23-1
3. East Stroudsburg, Pa.24-1
4. West Liberty, W.Va. 23-2
5. Drury, Mo. 23-2
6. Southern Connecticut St. 23-2
7. California Baptist 23-1
8. South Carolina Aiken 24-3
9. Indianapolis, Ind. 22-3
10. Colorado School of Mines 22-3
11. Indiana, Pa. 22-3
12. Florida Southern 23-3
13. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.22-2
14. Cal State San Bernardino 21-3
15. Minnesota State 25-4
16. Lake Superior State, Mich. 26-3
17. Cal Poly Pomona 20-3
18. Lewis, Ill. 21-4
19. Central Missouri 22-4
20. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 22-5
21. Montevallo, Ala. 21-4
22. Delta State, Miss. 22-4
23. Findlay, Ohio 21-4
24. Wisconsin-Parkside 21-5
25. Southern Indiana 20-5
Dropped out: Walsh (22).

Others receiving votes: Chico State (Calif.) 13, Midwestern State (Texas) 10, Walsh (Ohio) 9, Michigan Tech 7, Missouri Southern 6, Bellarmine (Ky.) 4, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 3, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 3, Saint Leo (Fla.) 1, Western Washington 2, Gannon (Pa.) 1, Northwest Missouri State 1, Texas A&M International 1, Winona State (Minn.) 1.

Coyotes’ Andrew Young named CCAA Player of Week

Andrew Young

Cal State San Bernardino senior center Andrew Young has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for Feb. 10-16.

Young, named for the second time this season, helped the Coyotes to road wins at Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay.

Friday against the Pioneers Young netted a season-high 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting from the floor and seven-for-10 shooting from the free throw line as the No. 17 Coyotes defeated the Pioneers 80-73.

During Saturday’s two-point victory (79-77) over the Otters, Young shot 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from the field and 71.4 percent (5-for-7), while also snagging weekend-highs of eight rebounds and three steals.

On the weekend, the senior post player averaged 24 points and seven rebounds in just 29.5 minutes per game.

CCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Nov. 8-10: Gabe Kindred (Cal State East Bay)
Nov. 11-17: Marcus Bell (Cal State Stanislaus)
Nov. 18-24: Drew Dyer (UC San Diego)
Nov. 25-Dec. 1: Giordano Estrada (Chico State)
Dec. 2-8: James Tillman (Cal State L.A.)
Dec. 9-15: Rashad Parker (Chico State)
Dec. 16-22: Andrew Young (Cal State San Bernardino)
Dec. 30-Jan. 5: Lacy Haddock (Cal State San Bernardino)
Jan. 6-12: Marcus Bell (Cal State Stanislaus)
Jan. 13-19: DeRonn Scott (Cal Poly Pomona)
Jan. 20-26: James McCann (UC San Diego)
Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Jordan Semple (Chico State)
Feb. 3-9: James McCann (UC San Diego)
Feb. 10-16: Andrew Young (Cal State San Bernardino)

Cal State San Bernardino women set for national television appearance

Tatiana Dunlap

It’s been a tough season for the Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball team. But the Coyotes and first-year coach Renee Jimenez will take center stage when their CCAA showdown at Cal State Monterey Bay airs live on national television at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The game, selected before the season started, is the Division II Game of the Week and will air on CBS Sports Network. That’s Channel 221 on Direct TV, Channel 158 on Dish Network, Channel 411 and 786 on Charter Communications, Channel 261 (standard), Channel 474 (High Def)  on Time Warner, Channel 94 on Verizon Vios and Channel 643 (standard), 1643 (High-Def) ATT-U-verse.

The major storyline will be the return of Jimenez to Monterey Bay, where she directed the Otters program to national prominence in her five-year tenure there. She resigned there in the spring to take the vacant San Bernardino job.

The Coyotes (5-15, 4-13) are coming off a 74-71 win over Cal State East Bay on Thursday while Monterey is fresh off a 56-48  loss to UC San Diego, also Thursday.

The Coyotes won the first game between the two teams 47-46 earlier this season in San Bernardino.


Cal State San Bernardino coach miffed at opponent’s tactics

Jeff Oliver and crew

It’s safe to say Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball coach Jeff Oliver won’t be exchanging pleasantries with anyone from Humboldt State any time soon.

The coach was still miffed, 24 hours after his team beat the Lumberjacks 82-70 on Friday.

Oliver drew two technical fouls in that game, meaning he had to sit out the next night’s game which happened to be against local rival Cal Poly Pomona in a battle for first between two nationally ranked teams.

Oliver was incensed with what he called “deliberate, dirty play” on the part of the Humboldt State team. He thought his players’ safety was at stake which was why he voiced his objections so loudly to the officials.

“I felt my players were in serious jeopardy with the way they were playing and I couldn’t let it go,” he said. “The first thing they did after the game was thank me for having their backs.”

Oliver said that team is known for such tactics and is still upset it hasn’t been addressed to this point by anyone of higher authority.

“It’s their M.O., the way they operate,” he said. “They were trying to get my guys to retaliate so they’d get kicked out of the game. You could tell it was deliberate because no one on their bench reacted at all.”

“They have done it with other teams and it’s what they did at Pomona last year,” he said referencing a game against the Broncos that featured a brawl in which four players were ejected, two from each team.

The Coyotes lost on Saturday to Cal Poly Pomona 88-68, with assistants Reggie Howard and Robert Tossetti handling the reigns. It was a game they were never in. Although the Broncos played a flawless game, Oliver thought his players sluggish play might have been a bit of the result of the physicality of the game the previous night.

Despite the loss the Coyotes (16-1, 13-1) retain a share of first place with Cal Poly Pomona while Humboldt State (8-12, 3-11) sits 11th out of 12 teams.

Coyotes up to eighth in national poll

Jeff Oliver and crew

The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team moved up one spot to eighth in the NABC Top 25 poll.

CSUSB (13-1 overall, 10-0 CCAA) extended its longest winning streak in 10 seasons to 13 games after winning at San Francisco State and Sonoma State last weekend.

The Coyotes are in the top 25 for the fourth consecutive week and have climbed from Nos. 19-14-9 and now No. 8 since making their first appearance this season in the Dec. 31st poll.

West Liberty (W. Va.) retains the top spot in the poll once again for the seventh consecutive week in one of five remaining undefeated teams at the NCAA Division II level.

The Hilltoppers (14-0) are joined in the unbeaten ranks in the poll by No. 2 Florida Southern, No. 4 Tarleton State, No. 6 East Stroudsburg and No. 12 Cal Baptist.  Metro State dropped into the rankings between Florida Southern and Tarleton State at No. 3, while Drury followed Tarleton State at No. 5.  Slots seven-10 are: Bellarmine, CSUSB, Southern Indiana and Lincoln Memorial.

Two other West Region teams appear in this week’s poll. After CSUSB and Cal Baptist, Dixie State is No. 18 and Seattle Pacific at No. 24.

The Coyotes return to Coussoulis Arena this weekend in the final weekend of first-half CCAA play. They take on Cal State L.A. (Friday) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (Saturday).

Coyotes move into national top 10

Lacy Haddock drive vs CSUMB

An 11-game winning streak has propelled the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team into this week’s NABC Division II Coaches poll top 10.

The Coyotes (11-1, 8-0 in CCAA) moved up five places to No. 9. It is the first appearance in the top 10 in six seasons for coach Jeff Oliver’s program and their third consecutive week in the top-25 poll. CSUSB opened at 19th on Dec. 31 and moved to 14th last week.

The last time the Coyotes appeared in the top 10 was Jan. 15, 2008.

CSUSB is the top-ranked team in the West Region. Five West teams are in this week’s poll: the Coyotes, No. 12 Dixie State, No. 18 Cal Baptist, No. 19 Western Washington and No. 25 Chico State.

The Coyotes are on the CCAA road for the first time since Dec. 16 when they take on San Francisco State (7-4, 5-3) on Friday and Sonoma State (1-11, 0-8) on Saturday.

West Liberty and Bellarmine remain one and two, and Florida Southern moved up to third as a result and Metropolitan State, which beat then-No. 11 Colorado School of Mines, rose to fourth. Indiana (Pa.) and Tarleton State also moved up to fifth and sixth, respectively, while Drury, which lost at Bellarmine last Thursday, dropped to seventh.

Cal Poly Pomona received votes but didn’t quite crack the poll.