January 6, 2003
Ronald Johnson Breaks
South Gate native needs 256 points to break all-time CCAA conference scoring mark
Cal State L.A. senior guard/forward Ronald Johnson (South Gate, CA/South Gate) made history this past weekend, becoming the all-time leading scorer in CSULA menÂs basketball history. A Street & SmithÂs MagazineÂs 2002 All-American, Johnson notched 21 points at Cal State San Bernardino on Fri., Jan. 3, and 28 points at Cal Poly Pomona the following night to give him 1,644 career points, surpassing Tommie LipseyÂs previous school mark of 1,641 points from 1973-76.
The CCAA Conference record also is in jeopardy, a mark currently held by ChapmanÂs Roger Middleton (1,899 points from 1988-92). Johnson needs 256 points with 18 regular season games remaining (an average of 14.2 ppg) to become the conferenceÂs all-time leading scorer. JohnsonÂs 1,644 career points ranks third in CCAA history, behind Middleton and Cal State Dominguez HillsÂ William Alexander (1,766 points from 1983-87). This marks the 60th season of menÂs basketball in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), dating back to the inaugural 1939-40 season.
Johnson, a second-team NABC All-American last season, has led Cal State L.A. to a 5-4 overall mark during the 2002-03 campaign, pacing the CCAA in scoring with his 23.6 points per game average while adding 4.9 rebounds per game. In addition, Johnson is hitting 79.8 percent from the charity stripe (75-of-94) and has contributed a team-leading 12 steals. He was named the CCAA Player of the Week on December 23 for his career-high 36-point game against Vanguard followed by a 27-point output vs. crosstown-rival Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Last Saturday at Cal Poly Pomona, Johnson also became the CCAA record holder for career free throws made at 488, eclipsing San Diego StateÂs Tony PinkinsÂ mark of 485 free throws made from 1955-57. JohnsonÂs 637 free throws attempted leave him only 22 attempts away from breaking PinkinsÂ mark of 658 during those same years. Johnson currently stands at 488-for-637 (.766) from the charity stripe in his Cal State L.A. career.
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