January 4, 2012

Streak at Risk at UCSB

Jan. 4, 2012

Santa Barbara, Calif -

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UPCOMING:
Thur., Jan. 5 -- at UC Santa Barbara*, Thunderdome (6,000), 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 7 -- at Cal Poly SLO*, Mott Gym (3,032), 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 14 -- at CSU Bakersfield, Icardo Center (3,800), 7 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: After an extended 5-0 homestand that included a 2-0 start in Big West Conference play, the Titans (10-3, 2-0) take their longest winning streak in 21 years -- 7 games -- on the road, where they haven't played since an impressive win at Utah on Dec. 7. UCSB (6-5, 1-0) and Cal Poly (9-5, 0-1) were picked to finish second and third, respectively, in the Big West pre-season media poll.

AUDIO: Most Titan games can be heard live on the internet. Listeners may access the CSF Athletics home page at www.fullertontitans.com and follow the links. Mel Franks will call the upcoming games at Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

VIDEO: All Titan home games can be viewed on computers via BigWest subscription TV.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes
G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. 15.7 4.8r Transfer from Cal; 14 of his 23 points vs. Portland State came in 2nd half
G 5 Kwame Vaughn 6-3 Jr. 15.4 4.1a Transfer from USF; career-high 27 vs. PSU; clutch 2 FTs to clinch Davis win
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 13.4 3.2r 16-for-32 from 3-point line during 5-game homestand
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 10.0 5.8r Transfer from South Florida; 28-for-45 FGs (.622) over last 6 games
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 12.8 8.6r Transfer from Cal had fifth double-double (11 & 11) vs. Pacific

OFF THE BENCH:
F 0 Andre Hardy* 6-6 Sr. 5.2 4.5r Big West Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2010-11; transfer from ORU
G 3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 2.4 2.4a Had season-high 6 assists in 17 minutes vs. UC Davis
G 10 Cameron Glover 6-0 Jr. 0.5 0.5r Transfer from Mt. San Jacinto JC
C 12 John Underwood 6-9 Jr. 1.4 1.6r Won appeal from NCAA on Nov. 4 to play this season; transfer from Missouri
G 14 Orlando Brown* 6-2 Sr. 2.6 1.1r Missed Eastern Washington game with facial injury suffered in practice
C 24 Bernard Webb 6-9 Jr. 3.5 1.0r Transfer from Salt Lake City CC; played in only 7 games due to a broken foot
G 32 Chris Collins 6-4 RFr. 2.5 1.5r Sat out true freshman season last year
C 33 Sedric Martin* 6-6 Sr. 1.5 0.5r Played in all but one game last season; started 3 times
G 44 Jordan Knox 6-0 Jr. 0.0 1.0r Transfer from Las Positas JC in Livermore, Calif.
*letters earned

HOW YOU SAY IT: OHR-uhn Chin &\#149; igh-ZAY-uh YOO-muh-pig &\#149; kwah-MAY Vaughn &\#149; oh-MAHN-dee ah-MOHK-ee

LAST GAME: For the second game in a row, the Titans let a double-digit first-half lead dissipate before pulling out a narrow victory, this time Monday night's 78-73 home win over Pacific. Orane Chin broke a 68-68 tie with a 3-point play at 3:09, Kwame Vaughn hit a decisive 3-pointer at 1:01 and D. J. Seeley iced it with a driving bank shot at 0:14.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 144-115 in his ninth season at Cal State Fullerton and career. He has passed Alex Omalev (139-176 in 12 years) for the most CSF wins all-time. Burton's winning percentage of .556 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78).

ON THE ROAD: From the 2004-05 through 2009-10 seasons, Coach Burton's second thru seventh years, the Titans were 57-51 (.528) on the road. But last year they were only 4-15 away from Titan Gym. At 4-2 this season, Coach Burton's current total (including 13-19 on neutral floors) is 69-80 (.463). By comparison, for the nine seasons (1994-95 thru 2002-03) prior to Burton's arrival, the combined road record was 27-104 (.206).

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 75-35 (.682) in Titan Gym including 39-5 (.886) in non-conference games. Fullerton has won 36 of its last 39 home non-conference games with the exceptions an 84-80 loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007, a 71-57 loss to Montana on Dec. 22, 2010, and Nov. 26 of this season vs. Bakersfield. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 300-168 (.641). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center. WINNING STREAK: Fullerton last won seven in a row as part of an 8-game skein running from Dec. 5, 1990, thru Jan. 2, 1991, ending in a blowout loss at UNLV. That team also went to 10-3 before losing twice.

EQUALS BEST START: Fullerton's 10-3 record equals the best start in the Bob Burton Era, matching the 2006-07 team, which went from 10-3 to 13-3 before finishing 20-10. You have to go back to George McQuarn's 1983-84 team featuring senior Leon Wood to find a better start -- 11-2 on the way to 13-2 but ultimately slumping to a 17-13 finish.

BIG WEST START: Fullerton has opened up 2-0 in Big West play for only the second time in the Bob Burton Era. The other occasion was in 2007-08 which resulted in a Big West Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth. Last year's team began 1-1 with a loss to Davis and win over Pacific.

SERIES HISTORIES: Fullerton is 34-38 vs. UC Santa Barbara after losing four of the last five meetings. Fullerton is 11-21 in the Events Center, last winning on Jan. 10, 2009, 62-58. Coach Burton is 9-9 against UCSB and his good friend Bob Williams including 3-5 in the Events Center.

Fullerton is 23-31 vs. Cal Poly, 14-17 in the Div. I Era including 8-7 in Mott Gym, where it last won on Feb. 24, 2010, 70-68. Burton is 9-8 vs. Cal Poly including 5-3 in Mott Gym and 2-2 and 1-1 vs. Coach Joe Callero's Mustangs.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: UC Santa Barbara is 6-5 overall and 1-0 in the Big West after winning Monday night at Cal Poly on Orlando Johnson's 3-pointer in the final seconds. Johnson averages 20.2 points per game along with 7 rebounds and gets strong support from James Nunnally at 16.4 ppg and 5.8 rpg. Seven-foot center Greg Somogyi comes off the bench to block more than 2 shots per game. UCSB opened the year 4-2, all at home, with overtime losses to strong San Diego State and UNLV teams before a 5-game road trip that included losses at Washington, Cal and BYU.

Cal Poly is 9-5 overall and 0-1 in the Big West after the heartbreak home loss to UCSB, that ended when star David Hanson missed a rushed 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Mustangs are at Long Beach State on Thursday night. They are 4-3 at home with losses to CSU Bakersfield and Saint Mary's but a 42-36 win at USC and a 65-46 rout at Fresno State stand out in a 5-2 effort on the road. Hanson averages 11.0 points to lead the deliberate-paced Mustangs.

BALANCED, SOLID FIVE: The Titans have used the same starting lineup -- Chin, Amoke, Seeley, Vaughn & Umipig -- in every game but the opener. All are averaging in double figures led by Seeley at 15.7 ppg. Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least twice (Vaughn 5 times, Seeley 4, Amoke 2, Umipig 2 and Chin 2. The bench scored only 3 points (Perry Webster) in the win over Pacific.

SCORING TRIO: Last-season redshirts Seeley, Amoke and Vaughn have combined for 570 or 55 percent of Fullerton's 1,041 points so far this season.

CONFERENCE EQUALS CLOSE: After playing 11 non-conference games all decided by 5 points or more and all but 4 by double digits, the Titans have logged wins by 1 point and 5 points to open Big West play.

AMONG THE BIG WEST: Through games of Jan. 2, Fullerton was among the Big West Conference leaders in:
-- scoring (1st)
-- FG percentage (1st)
-- assists (1st)
-- 3ptFG percentage (1st)
-- rebounding margin (1st)
-- 3pt FGs made (2nd)
but near the bottom in:
-- turnover margin (7th)
-- assist/turnover ratio (6th)

Individually:
-- Amoke is 1st in FG percentage
-- Umipig is tied for 1st in 3pt FGs made
-- Vaughn is 2nd in assists
-- Amoke is 2nd in rebounding
-- Amoke is 2nd in double-doubles
-- Seeley is 4th in steals
(Umipig would be 1st in FT percentage but is one made shy of qualifying)
-- and the Titans have four of the top 10 scorers in Seeley (5th), Vaughn (7th), Umipig (9th) and Amoke (10th)

AMONG THE NATION: In games thru Jan. 1, the Titans ranked 8th in rebounding margin at +9.8 per game and No. 16 in the nation at 80.3 points per game and 16th in field goal percentage at .492.

STREAKY TEAM: Fullerton has displayed consistent inconsistency most of the time this year with sometimes equal amounts of good play and bad play. The Titans have trailed 14-0 at the outset to Houston Baptist and led from the opening tip 14-0 at Utah. They were a second-half team in routing LaVerne (51-12 for 86-44 win) and rallying past Portland State (56-44 for a 92-86 win) but squandered double-digit first-half leads over UC Davis (+16) and Pacific (+14) before pulling away from late ties (59-59 vs. Davis and 68-68 vs. Pacific) for wins of 65-64 and 78-73, respectively.

REBOUNDING EDGE: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 10.0 per game despite a lack of great size. The school record for rebounding margin is + 6.1 by the 2003-04 team. The next best is plus 5.1 by the 1978-79 squad.

DIVISION I TRANSFERS: Omondi Amoke, D. J. Seeley, John Underwood and Kwame Vaughn have brought the number of Div. I transfers to play for Coach Bob Burton to 15. Teammates Orane Chin and Andre Hardy preceded them. Two others (Sean Williams, Syracuse, academics; and Lloyd Walls, Wright State, injury) redshirted but never actually played. In Fullerton's Div. I history, they bring the total to 38. In the same time frame (1975 to present), only six players have left for other Div. I programs and only one (Jacques Streeter to UTEP) in the Burton era.