January 28, 2010

Titans Host UC Irvine

Jan. 28, 2010

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Sat., Jan. 30 - UC Irvine, Titan Gym (4,000), Homecoming, 5:05 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 4 - at Long Beach State, Walter Pyramid (4,200), 8:05 p.m., ESPNU-TV
Sat., Feb. 6 - UC Riverside, Titan Gym (4,000), 6:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (9-10, 3-4) snapped a 3-game losing streak Tuesday night in Bakersfield and now try to stop a 3-game Big West Conference losing skid when the host UC Irvine on Saturday as part of Homecoming festivities on campus. UCI (9-11, 3-5) is hosting Pacific on Thursday night. Coaches will wear sneakers with their suits this weekend to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

AUDIO: Most Titan games can be heard live on the inernet on computers with sound cards. Listeners may access the CSF Athletics home page at www.fullertontitans.com and follow the link.

VIDEO: All Titan home games and road Big West Conference games are available via videostreaming, normally on a subscription basis. Details are available on the Big West website at www.bigwest.org.

PROBABLE STARTERS:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg r/apg Quick Notes
G 11 Jacques Streeter* 6-0 So. 10.6 4.6a Leads Big West in assist/turnover ratio at 2.05
G 0 Aaron Thompson* 6-4 Sr. 11.5 5.3r Career highs of 24 points, 14 rebounds in win at Bakersfield Tuesday
C 13 Bryce Webster 6-10 Jr. 8.3 5.1r Shooting .667 from floor, .881 from free-throw line but only 4 pts. last week
F 5 Gerard Anderson* 6-6 Jr. 9.8 5.8r Averaging 14.4 pts, 7.1 rebounds in Big West play
F 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson 6-6 Jr. 11.2 6.1r Scored career-high 22 points at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday

OFF THE BENCH:
G 3 Devon Peltier 5-11 Jr. 10.4 0.6a Has led team in scoring four times; 46-for-111 (.414) at 3-point line
G 14 Jamel McGuire 6-5 Jr. 1.4 1.4a Played 7 minutes at Bakersfield, most action since Dec. 12
F 15 Orane Chin 6-7 So. 6.5 3.2r Led team with 15 points in first Titan start at Utah State; had 16 at UoP
G 21 Robbie Robinson 6-5 Jr. 2.2 1.2r Key member of Riverside City College's state championship team in `08-09
G 22 Frank Granados 5-8 Sr. 1.0 0.0a Walk-on practiced against women's team last three years
G 24 Eric Williams 6-3 Jr. 2.3 0.8a Walk-on playing quality minutes
F 33 Ray Miller* 6-8 Sr. 2.4 1.5r Led team last season with .631 field-goal percentage
F 42 Papa Guisse* 6-8 Sr. 1.1 1.5r Started 21 of team's 32 games last year
*letters earned

SERIES HISTORY VS. UC IRVINE: Fullerton leads the all-time series, 47-41, and has a modest 17-15 advantage in Titan Gym since 1977-78. Each of the past four seasons have seen series sweeps -- UCI going 2-0 last year and in 2005-06 with the Titans winning all five meetings in between including one in the finals of the Big West Tournament in 2008.

ABOUT THE ANTEATERS: UCI has been as inconsistent as Fullerton, winning as many as three in a row and losing the same. Last week at home they beat Long Beach State but lost to UC Riverside. Sophomore forward Eric Wise is the main man with a 16.1 ppg scoring average and 5.7 rebounds per game. (Last year he averaged 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds against Fullerton.) Guard Michael Hunter averages 14.3 points and 2.2 assists and has made 52 3-point baskets going into the Pacific game.

THE COACH: Fullerton's Bob Burton brings a 116-87 (.571) mark into the game. He is in his seventh year. The Titans' 9-10 record has dropped his winning percentage below Bobby Dye's .583 (109-78), the school record from the 1970s. Burton is third in total victories. The late Alex Omalev had the most (139-176) followed by George McQuarn (122-117) and then Burton. Burton is 7-6 vs. UC Irvine and Coach Pat Douglass, 3-3 in Titan Gym.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Coach Bob Burton, the Titans are 60-25 (.706) in Titan Gym and 6-1 this year. They are 2-1 at home in Big West play, matching last year's conference home win total (2-6). The Titans have won their last nine home non-conference games since a loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007. Burton's best single-season home record is 12-2 in 2006-07. The school record is 13-0 in 1982-83. ROAD STRUGGLES: The Titans have struggled on the road this season (3-6 away plus 0-3 neutral = 3-9) after better than .500 play (50-42, .543 including 11-10 on neutral floors) over the previous five seasons away from Titan Gym. For perspective, in the previous 10 seasons (1994-95 thru 2003-04), Fullerton's combined road record was 30-115 (.207). With a 3-11 mark in his first season (2003-04), Coach Bob Burton's total CSF road record is currently 56-62 (.475).

TRIPPING OUT: Fullerton has endured three winless road trips this season (2-game tourney in Texas, 3-game tourney in Utah and 2-game road trip to Stockton and Santa Barbara). The Titans had ZERO winless road trips over the previous four seasons and it had seen a span of 16 road trips with at least one win since going 0-2 at Utah State and Idaho on Jan. 20 & 22, 2005.

STREAKY TEAM: The Titans have had extended stretches of brilliance and ineptitude this season. The most dramatic was the New Mexico State game, when they fell behind, 25-3; went on an extended 57-17 run to go up by 18 points only to give up an 18-6 surge to make it close. Other bad starts have been 7-30 at Utah State, 2-13 at Stephen F. Austin, 4-13 vs. Cal Poly and 10-24 vs. Cal State Northridge. Good starts have been 27-8 vs. Occidental and 17-6 vs. Cal State Bakersfield. In-game runs have included 13-0 at Pacific, 12-0 at Utah State, 11-0 and 10-0 both in the second half at UCSB, 20-3 vs. Weber State, 10-0 late at UC Davis, 10-0 early vs. Long Beach State, 13-0, 11-0 and 14-0 all in the first half vs. Occidental, 11-0 at UC Riverside and 11-0 and 12-0 in the New Mexico State rally. Conversely, 0-20 vs. NMSU, 0-12 vs. Cal State Northridge, 0-11 vs. Bakersfield and Utah State and 0-10 vs. Morehead State and Central Arkansas.

TROUBLESOME PATTERN: In each of the last three games, the Titans have trailed at the half and fallen behind by double digits in the second half only to rally and take small leads. At Pacific, they went from 14 down to 4 up but the Tigers finished the game strong to win, 80-73. At UCSB, they went from 16 down to 3 up with 19 seconds left but succumbed to Orlando Johnson's clutch trey and lost in overtime. At Bakersfield, they went from 11 down to 2 up with 59 seconds left, were tied, but won in overtime.

MULTI-LEADERS: In 19 games, the Titans have had seven different scoring leaders or co-leaders with Aaron Thompson taking honors five times to lead the list (Thompson, 5; Peltier, 4; Anderson, Johnson and Chin, 3; Streeter, 2; and Webster, once). Anderson's three leadership roles all have come in conference games.

THOMPSON 3-POINT LEADER: Despite making "only" 40 percent of his attempts in Big West Conference play, Aaron Thompson continues to lead the Big West overall in 3-point field goal percentage at .518 (29-for-56). (The NCAA requires 2.5 made 3-pt. field goals per game for its national rankings by percentage.) He made 8 in a row over a 3-game span before missing his last 3 tries vs. Long Beach State. He is only 5-for-19 (.263) over the last five games.

OTHER BIG WEST LEADERS: Through overall games of Jan. 23, the Titans led the Big West Conference in free-throw percentage (.731), field goal percentage (.450), 3-point field goals made (7.1 per game) and blocks (3.1). Jacques Streeter was No. 1 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.98 (now 2.05).

DEFENSE: The Titans set a season best in points allowed in consecutive games with UC Riverside scoring only 56 points on Jan. 9 and Cal Poly getting only 54 on Jan. 14. But UCSB scored a season-high 85 (with overtime) last Saturday.

FREE THROWS: Fullerton made 30 of 37 against Cal Poly on Jan. 14. The last time the Titans made as many as 30 free throws in a game was Feb. 13, 1999, when they went 38-of-46 in a 104-97 win over UC Irvine. Fullerton last attempted as many as 37 free throws on Feb. 28, 2008 (making 25-of-37) in an 82-74 loss to Cal State Northridge.

LOTTERY NUMBERS?: In a longshot statistical quirk, the team 3-point field goal stats were identical in consecutive games at Titan Gym. Both Cal State Bakersfield and Long Beach State made 7 of 21 and each time the Titans were making 10 of 26.

ANDERSON ON FIRE: Gerard Anderson has erupted with the start of Big West Conference play and leads the team in Big West scoring at 14.4 ppg. He thrice has led the team in scoring (13 points at Davis, 22 vs. Long Beach and 20 vs. Cal Poly) and has made 34 of 61 (.557) shots including the first three treys of his career (4-for-9 after being 0-for-4 in 1 1/3 seasons). He also has made 29 of 40 (.725) free throws in conference play vs. 11-for-23 in November and December. He was 4-for-4 at Bakersfield, all in overtime.

BEST IN CRUNCH TIME: At Bakersfield, the Titans were 7-for-10 at the line in the first half, 13-for-15 in the second half and 9-for-10 in overtime for a total of 29-for-35.

WEBSTER ON TARGET: Despite going 1-for-6 on last week's road trip, center Bryce Webster has shot .733 (44-for-60) from the floor over the last 13 games. His season's FG percentage is .667. He is 16 made field goals shy of qualifying for the Big West lead (Mark Payne of UC Davis at .555). Webster leads the team in free-throw shooting at .881 and is one made free throw away from the BW lead. (.881 to .878 for Michael Hunter of UC Irvine).

PELTIER FROM OUTSIDE: Devon Peltier has taken 157 shots this season and 111 (71 percent) have come from behind the 3-point line. He has made at least three threes in a game nine times and three times at least five. At 2.9 treys per game, he was second in Big West Conference games only to UoP's Demetrece Young (3.3) and at 2.5 is third in all games behind Stephan Gilling of Long Beach (2.9) and Michael Hunter (2.6) of UC Irvine.

PELTIER IN CRUNCH TIME: Peltier was Fullerton's go-to man on last week's road trip. At Pacific, he had only 7 points but he gave the Titans their biggest lead at 62-58 and their last lead at 64-62. At UCSB he matched his career high with 21 points including Fulleron's last seven of regulation -- two free throws to give Fullerton its first tie of the game (67-67) at 1:24; its first lead (70-69) with a trey at 0:47; and its biggest lead (72-69) with two free throws at 0:19.8 -- and its first 3 points of overtime with a trey to complete a personal 10-0 run.

SHORT BENCH: The Titans haven't used more than 10 players in any of their last 10 games since a lopsided loss at Utah State on Dec. 22.

FAST START: Fullerton was 3-0 to open the season for the fourth time in the Burton Era. But only in 2006-07 did the Titans made it to 4-0.

OVERTIME SUCCESS: Fullerton has won two of three overtime games this year and six of its last eight.

TV APPEARANCE: FSN West on Jan. 22 selected the Cal State Fullerton at Cal Poly men's basketball game for the Big West's Wednesday, February 24 FSN West Wild Card broadcast. The game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. (PST).

NO DOUBLE FIGURES: When Bryce Webster and Devon Peltier led the Titans with only 8 points vs. Central Arkansas on Dec. 4, it was the lowest point total for a Titan scoring leader in the program's 36-year Div. I history. In only three other games did no Titan score in double figures -- 9 by Pape Sow vs. USF, Nov. 19, 2005; 9 by Babacar Camara at Valparaiso on Dec. 22, 2000; and 9 by both Ike Harmon and Chris Dade at Utah State on Feb. 7, 1998.

ANOTHER LOW: Fullerton's 49 points vs. Central Arkansas were its lowest output since a 77-44 loss at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 31, 2004. The only other sub-50-point game in the Bob Burton Era was a 57-49 loss at Utah State on Jan. 22, 2004.

SHORT-TERM EXPERIENCE: Despite five returning lettermen, the Titans have no players remaining on the roster who suited up during the 2007-08 Big West Conference championship and NCAA Tournament season. Jacques Streeter (32), Gerard Anderson (29), Papa Guisse (21), Aaron Thompson (16) and Ray Miller (12) did combine for 110 starts last season.

DIV. I TRANSFERS: The Titans have two new Div. I transfers eligible this season in Orane Chin (South Florida) and Jer'Vaughn Johnson (San Diego State) plus two players who began at 4-year schools but came to Fullerton via the community college route (Bryce Webster from Minnesota via Irvine Valley and Eric Williams from Metro State in Colorado via Orange Coast). The Titans have two more Div. I transfers redshirting in Sean Williams from Syracuse and Andre Hardy from Oral Roberts. That pair brings the total of Div. I transfers to CSF to 13 in the Bob Burton Era and 36 in the program's now 35-year Div. I history.

FALL SIGNEES: Cal State Fullerton received two national letters of intent in the November signing period: &\#149; De'Andre Haskins is attending Citrus College in Azusa after playing his freshman year at Valparaiso University in Indiana. The 6-foot-4 wing player out of Long Beach Jordan HS averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Crusaders and, as a lefthander, will draw comparisons to recent Titan Frank Robinson. &\#149; Isiah Umipig is a senior at Federal Way High School and lives in Seattle, Washington. The 6-1 point guard led his team to the Class 4A state championship in 2008-09 and was his team's leading scorer in the championship game win over Garfield, 62-54, in the Tacoma Dome with 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting. He played only 13 games his junior season due to an ankle injury. The title was the first in school history.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Guard Bobby Brown had 8 points and a team-high 5 assists in 15 minutes of action Wednesday night in his debut with the L.A. Clippers, who acquired him earlier in the week from New Orleans... guard Josh Akognon is playing in Europe for BC Kalev / Cramo in Tallinn, Estonia (west of Russia, south of Finland and north of Latvia)... guard Frank Robinson recently joined the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. Through 10 games he was averaging 15.0 points. He began the season in China after being a late cut by the Atlanta Hawks... forward Scott Cutley is averaging 15 points thru 22 games for Entrerriano in Argentina... Marcio Lassiter is playing for Smart Gilas, the newly formed Philippine national team.