January 24, 2012

Titans Travel to CSUN

Jan. 24, 2012

Northridge, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
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
Thur., Feb. 2 -- Cal Poly SLO, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (12-6, 4-2) play their fifth and sixth road games of a 7-game span this week at Cal State Northridge (5-12, 2-5) and Long Beach State (14-6, 7-0). Fullerton is on its latest streak - a modest 2-game "winner" after chronological streaks of 3 wins, 3 losses, 7 wins and 3 losses. The Titans had won seven years in a row at Northridge before losing last season, 89-65.

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 and Patrick Alog will call the upcoming game at Cal State Northridge.

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. 16.0 3.8a Transfer from USF; 53 points last week on 18/28 FGs, 7/11 3's, 10/10 FTs
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 12.6 3.1r Averaging only 8.2 ppg in Big West games, 14.8 in non-conference games
G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. 16.2 5.1r Transfer from Cal; 10-for-12 treys last week on way to 49 points
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 9.1 4.9r Transfer from South Florida; averaging only 6.8 points last 5 games
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 12.1 8.9r Transfer from Cal; career highs of 23 pts., 17 rebs. at UCI; made 13-of-16 FTs

OFF THE BENCH:
F 0 Andre Hardy* 6-6 Sr. 4.9 4.5r Transfer from ORU; missed last 2 games due to family issues
G 3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 2.7 2.7a Season-highs of 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists in start at CSU Bakersfield
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. 2.6 1.4r Hit clutch trey to stop 7-0 UCI run in second half Saturday
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. 1.7 0.8r Strong 12 minutes at UCI with 4 points, 3 rebounds
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: Fullerton scored 56 points in the first half but gave up 54 in the second half in holding on for a wild 92-84 win at UC Irvine on Saturday. Fullerton made 9 of 14 treys in the first half and UCI made 10 of 16 in the second half. D. J. Seeley's 6-for-6 effort is school record for 3-pt. percentage in a game with at least five made. Omondi Amoke, a 51 percent foul shooter coming in, made 13 of 16 free throws.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 146-118 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 .553 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 5-5 this season, Coach Burton's current total (including 13-19 on neutral floors) is 70-83 (.458). 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, 35-29, but the Matadors swept three games last season. The Titans had won seven years in a row in the Matadome before an 89-65 rout last season. CSUN won, 70-68, in Titan Gym and 75-54 in the Honda Center in the post-season tournament.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT: The Matadors are 5-12, 2-5 and coming off a 100-54 loss at Cal Poly, where the Mustangs hit their first 11 3-point field-goal attempts. The conference wins came at UC Riverside and home to UC Davis. Stephan Hicks leads the way statistically at 15.9 ppg and 7.2 rpg. CSUN is shooting only 36 percent from the floor and 28 percent at the 3-point line but 75 percent at the line to lead the Big West by a wide margin. They are not eligible for the post-season tournament.

BALANCED, SOLID FIVE: The Titans have used the same starting lineup -- Chin, Amoke, Seeley, Vaughn & Umipig -- in every game but two. All but Chin (9.1) are averaging in double figures led by Seeley and Vaughn, at 16.2 and 16.0 ppg. Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least twice (Vaughn 7 times, Seeley 5, 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, 16 at Cal Poly and 7 a UCI. 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 796 or 57 percent of Fullerton's 1,401 points so far this season.

AMONG THE BIG WEST: Through games of Jan. 21, Fullerton was among the Big West Conference leaders in:
-- scoring (1st)
-- scoring margin (1st)v -- 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:
-- 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
-- and the Titans had four of the top 11 scorers in Seeley (4th), Vaughn (5th), Umipig (9th) and Amoke (11th)

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Through games of Jan. 22, the Titans were 9th in the nation in rebounding margin, 21st in 3-point FG percentage 27th in FG percentage and 28th in scoring.

STREAKY TEAM: "Streaky" is the best one-word description of the 2011-12 Titans -- from week to week, game to game, half to half and even within a half -- Fullerton has displayed consistent inconsistency most of the time this year with sometimes equal amounts of good play and bad play. They have a 7-game win streak and two 3-game losing streaks. They have trailed 14-0 at the outset (to Houston Baptist) and also 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). At UCI they jumped out to a 52-22 lead but were outscored 62-40 the rest of the way.

VICTIMS OF SPURTS: The Titans have had a major cold spell in each of the last seven games: outscored 18 points to 6 over 9:05 vs. 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 Bakerfield; 15-5 to lose an early lead vs. UCR and 14-4 by UCI to get back into the game in the second half Saturday night.

REBOUNDING EDGE: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 8.0 per game despite a lack of great size but is only +4.2 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. The Saturday 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.