January 20, 2012

Back to the Road

Jan. 20, 2012

Fullerton, Calif. -

UPCOMING:
Sat., Jan. 21 -- at UC Irvine, Bren Center (6,000), 7 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 26 -- at Cal State Northridge, Matadome (1,600), 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 28 -- at Long Beach State, Walter Pyramid (4,200), 8:05 p.m. ESPNU

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (11-6, 3-2) try to snap a 3-game ROAD losing streak when they make the 20-mile trip south to face UC Irvine (6-12, 3-3). The Titans are coming off a come-from-behind win over UC Riverside in their second of only two home games in January.

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. Mike Martinez will call the upcoming game at UC Irvine.

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 5 Kwame Vaughn 6-3 Jr. 15.5 3.9a Transfer from USF; made all 7 2nd-half shots in 28-point game vs. UCR
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 13.1 3.1r Averaging only 8.8 in Big West games, 14.8 in non-conference games
G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. 15.5 5.2r Transfer from Cal; 4-for-6 treys vs. UCR after 3-for-17 slump
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 9.4 5.1r Transfer from South Florida; 767 career points lead Titans
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 11.4 8.5r Transfer from Cal; has led team in rebounding 11 times

OFF THE BENCH:
F 0 Andre Hardy* 6-6 Sr. 49 4.5r Transfer from ORU; missed UCR game due to family issues
G 3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 2.9 2.5a Season-highs of 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists in CSU Bakersfield start
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 1.8r Transfer from Missouri started at CSU Bakersfield but suffered rib injury
G 14 Orlando Brown* 6-2 Sr. 2.5 1.4r Missed Eastern Washington game with facial injury suffered in practice
C 24 Bernard Webb 6-9 Jr. 2.7 0.7r 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. 1.4 0.5r 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: After committing 10 turnovers in the first 13 minutes and falling behind by 9 points, the Titans came back to beat UC Riverside, 72-61, for their 11th win to match last season's total (11-20). The Titans shot 67 percent from the floor in the second half while committing only 5 turnovers.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 145-118 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 .551 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 4-5 this season, Coach Burton's current total (including 13-19 on neutral floors) is 69-83 (.454). 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 76-35 (.685) 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 301-168 (.642). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center.

SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton leads it, 50-42, including 13-12 in the Bren Center, where it lost last year, 85-78, before winning at home, 80-74.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT: The young Anteaters haven't played since Saturday's loss at UC Santa Barbara. They are 6-12 including a road sweep at Pacific and UC Davis after a 2-9 start. Michael Wilder (11.4 ppg) and Daman Starring (11.3 ppg) are the leading scorers. Will Davis II usually comes off the bench yet leads the team in rebounding at 5.7 per game. Three teammates also average better than 5.0 boards.

BALANCED, SOLID FIVE: The Titans have used the same starting lineup -- Chin, Amoke, Seeley, Vaughn & Umipig -- in every game but two. All but Chin (9.4) are averaging in double figures led by Seeley and Vaughn, both at 15.5 ppg. Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least twice (Vaughn 7 times, Seeley and Umipig 4, and Chin and Amoke 2 each. The bench scored only 3 points (Perry Webster) in the wins over Pacific and UCR but contributed 8 points at UCSB and 16 at Cal Poly. With Seeley and Chin coming off the bench the Titans got 19 points from non-starters at Bakersfield.

SCORING TRIO: Last-season redshirts Seeley, Amoke and Vaughn have combined for 721 or 55 percent of Fullerton's 1,309 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 four of their last six games decided by 6 points or less.

AMONG THE BIG WEST: Through games of Jan. 14, Fullerton was among the Big West Conference leaders in:
-- scoring (1st)
-- scoring margin (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:
-- Umipig was 1st in 3pt FGs made
-- Vaughn was 1st in assists
-- Amoke was 2nd in rebounding
-- Amoke was 2nd in double-doubles
-- Amoke was 3rd in FG percentage
-- Seeley was 3rd in steals
(Umipig would be 1st in FT percentage but was one (now three) made shy of qualifying)
-- and the Titans had 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. Against UCR, they bracketed halftime with a 25-6 run (11-3 to finish the first half and 14-3 to open the second half).

VICTIMS OF SPURTS: The Titans have had a major cold spell in each of the last six games: outscored 18 points to 6 over 9:05 v. UC Davis; 19-5 over 6:21 vs. Pacific; 24-7 over 6:48 at UCSB; 18-0 over 5:25 at Cal Poly; 11-2 over 2:52 to lose a 9-point lead in the first half at Bakersfield and 15-5 to lose an early lead vs. UCR.

REBOUNDING EDGE: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 8.1 per game despite a lack of great size but is only +3.8 in Big West play. 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.

ESPNU: The Titans will be seen on ESPNU twice in a span of 8 nights in the near future. The Jan. 28 game at Long Beach State ( 8 p.m. tip) already was on the schedule before a "wild card" game of UCSB at Fullerton on Feb. 4 (6 p.m. tip) was added in early January.

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.