January 31, 2012

Homestand Opens Against Mustangs of Cal Poly

Jan. 31, 2012

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Thur., Feb. 2 -- Cal Poly SLO, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 4 -- UC Santa Barbara, Titan Gym (4,000), 6:05 p.m. ESPNU
Thur., Feb. 9 -- UC Irvine, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: After playing six of their last seven games on the road, the Titans (13-7, 5-3) are home for three games in a row and a total of six including five in the 8-game second round of the Big West schedule. Up first are two teams that beat Fullerton on their home courts in early January in Cal Poly (13-9, 4-5) and UC Santa Barbara (11-7, 6-2).

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 Kevin Barbarino will call the upcoming game at Long Beach State.

VIDEO: ESPNU will broadcast the UCSB game with Mark Neely and Mark Adams at the microphones. All other Big West 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. 15.3 3.9a Transfer from USF; game-winning bucket on Thurs., 0-for-7 FGs on Sat.
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 12.7 2.9r Led second-half rally at Long Beach with 12 of his 16 points
G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. 16.0 5.1r Transfer from Cal; 14-for-20 treys last 4 games on way to 78 points
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 9.0 5.1r Transfer from South Florida; 13-for-22 FGs (.591) over last 4 games
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 12.6 8.8r 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 4 games due to family issues
G 3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 2.8 2.8a 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 on Jan. 21
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 1.0r Strong 12 minutes at UC Irvine 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 saw Long Beach State finish the game on a 15-2 run and pull away to a 75-61 victory Saturday night before a record crowd at The Walter Pyramid. Omondi Amoke kept the Titans in the game with 16 first-half points and Isiah Umipig led a rally from a 10-point deficit to a pair of late ties with 12 second-half points.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 147-119 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).

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 77-35 (.688) in Titan Gym -- 39-5 (.886) in non-conference games and 38-30 (.559) in Big West games. 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.

ON THE ROAD: The Titans are at .500 on the road this season at 6-6. 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. Coach Burton's current total (including 13-19 on neutral floors) is 71-84 (.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).

SERIES HISTORY: Cal Poly leads it, 32-23 overall, and 18-14 in the Div. I Era. The Mustangs won the previous meeting this season in Mott Gym, 73-67, on Jan. 7. An early 18-0 run put the Mustangs ahead to stay. Chris Eversley had career highs of 18 points and 9 rebounds. Kwame Vaughn led Fullerton with 18 points.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Cal Poly is coming off a 67-65 win at UC Davis where it overcame a 39-25 halftime deficit. Cal Poly leads the Big West in scoring defense at 57.5 points per game. David Hanson (11.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg), Will Taylor (10.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, .554 FG%) and point guard Amaurys Fermin (10.4 ppg, 3.7 apg) are the statistical leaders. The Mustangs outrebound their opponents by 7.3 per game.

BALANCED, SOLID FIVE: The Titans have used the same starting lineup -- Chin, Amoke, Seeley, Vaughn & Umipig -- in every game but two. All but Chin (9.0) are averaging in double figures led by Seeley and Vaughn, at 16.0 and 15.3 ppg, respectively. Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least twice (Vaughn 7 times, Seeley 6, Umipig 4, Amoke 3 and Chin 2. The bench scored only 3 points (Perry Webster) in the wins over Pacific and UCR and only 2 (Underwood) at Northridge but contributed 8 points at UCSB, 16 at Cal Poly and 7 at 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 876 or 57 percent of Fullerton's 1,532 points so far this season.

AMONG THE BIG WEST: Through games of Jan. 28, Fullerton is among the Big West Conference leaders in:
-- scoring (1st)
-- scoring margin (2nd)
-- FG percentage (1st)
-- 3ptFG percentage (1st)
-- rebounding margin (2nd)
-- 3pt FGs made (2nd)
-- assists (3rd)
but near the bottom in:
-- turnover margin (8th)
-- assist/turnover ratio (7th)

Individually:
-- Vaughn was 1st in assists
-- Amoke was 2nd in rebounding
-- Amoke was 2nd in double-doubles
-- Amoke was 2nd in FG percentage
-- Seeley was 3rd in steals
-- Umipig was 3rd iin 3FGs made
-- and the Titans had four of the top 10 scorers in Seeley (5th), Vaughn (6th), Umipig (9th) and Amoke (10th)

BRACKET BUSTER: The Titans drew Montana State of the Big Sky Conference for the Sears Bracket Buster series, to be played in Titan Gym on Feb. 18.

ESPNU: The Titans will be seen on ESPNU for a second time in a span of 8 nights. Last Saturday's 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.

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 this season 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 nine 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 over 7:48 to lose an early lead vs. UCR; 14-4 over 3:38 by UC Irvine; a 15-0 run over 4:08 by Cal State Northridge and a 15-2 run over the final 3:48 by Long Beach State.

REBOUNDING EDGE: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 6.9 per game despite a lack of great size but is only +2.6 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. Currently waiting in the wings are Sammy Yeager from TCU, Alex Harris from Northeastern and late arrival Darius Nelson from UTEP.

ANOTHER DIV. I TRANSFER: Forward Darius Nelson has walked on the Titan roster after completing Fall classes at UTEP and will be eligibile for the Titans at the end of the Fall 2012 semester. He was one of the highest scoring players in northern California history for Sheldon High School in Sacramento Coounty. His brother DeMarcus played four seasons at Duke and later with the Golden State Warriors.

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.