Titans Seek Revenge

Jan. 11, 2012

Bakersfield, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Sat., Jan. 14 -- at CSU Bakersfield, Icardo Center (3,800), 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 18 -- UC Riverside, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 21 -- at UC Irvine, Bren Center (6,000), 7 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (10-5, 2-2) take a break from the Big West Conference schedule this week and have only a Saturday game at CSU Bakersfield, the return match of an in-season home-and-home series that saw the Roadrunners (9-9) win in Titan Gym, 73-66, on Nov. 26. Last week the Titans saw their 7-game win streak end in a pair of losses at UCSB and Cal Poly.

UPDATE: ESPNU Picks UCSB at Cal State Fullerton for "Wild Card" Telecast on ESPNU Jan. 11, 2012

Cal State Fullerton men's basketball will get a second national television exposure within a span of eight nights following the announcement today that the Titans' Feb. 4 home game vs. UC Santa Barbara has been selected for a "wild card" ESPNU telecast. Tipoff for the Big West Conference contest remains at 6:05 p.m. PST as originally scheduled. The Titans already were scheduled for an ESPNU telecast the previous Saturday, Jan. 28, at Long Beach State at 8:05 p.m. PST in the Walter Pyramid. Feb. 4 is Fullerton's Homecoming celebration. The Titans' women's team plays Pacific earlier that day at 2 p.m. and festivities will continue between games.

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 game at CSU Bakersfield.

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. 15.5 5.1r Transfer from Cal; Only 9-for-28 (.321) from floor, 2-of-12 3's, last 2 games
G 5 Kwame Vaughn 6-3 Jr. 15.3 4.1a Transfer from USF; 15-for-28 (.536) from 3-point line last 5 games
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 13.4 3.1r 16-for-32 from 3-point line during 5-game homestand
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 9.6 5.5r Transfer from South Florida; 752 career points lead Titans
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 11.5 8.5r Transfer from Cal; only 3-for-14 (.214) from floor, 1-of-6 at line last 2 games

OFF THE BENCH:
F 0 Andre Hardy* 6-6 Sr. 5.0 4.5r Transfer from ORU; had 8 points, 10 rebounds at UCSB
G 3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 2.5 2.3a Season-high 6 assists in 17 minutes vs. UC Davis; season-high 7 pts. at Cal Poly
G 10 Cameron Glover 6-0 Jr. 0.5 0.5r Transfer from Mt. San Jacinto JC
C 12 John Underwood 6-9 Jr. 1.3 2.0r Transfer from Missouri played 16 minutes at Cal Poly, most since opener
G 14 Orlando Brown* 6-2 Sr. 2.8 1.3r Missed Eastern Washington game with facial injury suffered in practice
C 24 Bernard Webb 6-9 Jr. 3.2 0.8r 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. 1.6 0.6r Played in all but one game last season; started 3 times
G 44 Jordan Knox 6-0 Jr. 0.0 0.8r 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: Actually, the last two games were remarkably similar. At UCSB, the Titans saw a 14-11 lead at 7:19 of the first half turn into a 35-21 deficit at halftime. At Cal Poly, the Titans saw a 9-7 lead turn into a 25-9 deficit in less than 6 minutes and they couldn't overcome either big lead.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 144-117 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 .552 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78).

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.

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 4-4 this season, Coach Burton's current total (including 13-19 on neutral floors) is 69-82 (.457). By comparison, for the nine seasons (1994-95 thru 2002-03) prior to Burton's arrival, the combined road record was 27-104 (.206).

SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton leads it, 12-4, but the Roadrunners have won the last two meetings -- 77-75 on Jan. 25, 2011, in Rabobank Arena, and 73-66 on Nov. 26 in Titan Gym. This is the first meeting in the Icardo Center.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT: The Roadrunners are 9-9 under first-year Coach Rod Barnes, the former player and Naismith Coach of the Year at Mississippi, after a 71-70 home win Tuesday night over New Jersey Tech. They are 6-1 in the Icardo Center. They are 4-0 against Big West teams with wins over Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge and Pacific as well as Fullerton. They are 0-2 against the Pac-12 (Oregon State and Colorado) and have losses to UNLV and Texas Tech. Double-figure scorers are Issiah Grayson at 11.2 ppg and Stephon Carter at 10.2 ppg. Rashad Savage is the top rebounder at 6.1 rpg. Center Andre Jackson (6-10, 285) averages only 4.1 points and 1.7 rebounds but had 15 points (7 of 9 FGs) and 6 rebounds against the Titans in November.

BALANCED, SOLID FIVE: The Titans have used the same starting lineup -- Chin, Amoke, Seeley, Vaughn & Umipig -- in every game but the opener. All but Chin (9.6) are averaging in double figures led by Seeley at 15.5 ppg. Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least twice (Vaughn 6 times, Seeley 4, Umipig 3 and Chin and Amoke 2 each. The bench scored only 3 points (Perry Webster) in the win over Pacific but contribute 8 at UCSB and 16 at Cal Poly.

SCORING TRIO: Last-season redshirts Seeley, Amoke and Vaughn have combined for 636 or 54 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 seen three of four Big West games decided by 6 points or less.

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

Individually:
-- Amoke is 2nd in FG percentage
-- Umipig is tied for 1st in 3pt FGs made
-- Vaughn is 1st in assists
-- Amoke is 2nd in rebounding
-- Amoke is 2nd in double-doubles
-- Seeley and Vaughn are tied for 4th in steals
(Umipig would be 1st in FT percentage but is one made shy of qualifying)
-- and the Titans have three of the top nine scorers in Seeley (6th), Vaughn (7th) and Umipig (9th)

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.

VICTIMS OF SPURTS: The Titans have had a major cold spell in each of the last four games: outscored 6 points to 18 over 9:05 v. UC Davis; 5-19 over 6:21 vs. Pacific; 7-24 over 6:48 at UCSB; 0-18 over 5:25 at Cal Poly.

REBOUNDING EDGE: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 8.4 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.

NOVEMBER SIGNEES: The Titans have signed three incoming players for 2012-13. Forwards Marquis Horne of Salt Lake City Community College and center James "Deuce" Johnson of Central Wyoming College both began their careers at the Div. I level. Horne, 6-foot-6, began his career at Ohio University but never played while Johnson, 6-foot-7, played his freshman year at Louisiana Tech. Horne and Johnson will have two seasons of eligibility while 6-foot-4 prep school guard Jared Brandon of Maine Central Institute, who led Canyon Springs High School of North Las Vegas to the Nevada state championship in 2011, will have four.