Feb. 7, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. -
Thur., Feb. 9 -- UC Irvine, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 15-- at UC Riverside, Student Recreation Center (2,753), 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 18 -- Sears Bracket Buster: Montana State, Titan Gym (4,000), 6:05 p.m.
IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (15-7, 7-3) have won five out of six and are 9-1 at home going into a single game this week at home vs. UC Irvine (9-14, 5-5). Fullerton won at the Bren Center on Jan. 21, 92-84, in a weird game that saw Fullerton build a 30-point lead and a 56-30 halftime advantage yet have to sweat out a rally by UCI, which made 10 of 16 3-pointers (14 of 31 for the game) and scored 54 points in the second half. In addition to a sweep of the Anteaters, a win Thursday would leave the Titans alone in second place ahead of idle UC Santa Barbara and clinch a winning season, the sixth in Bob Burton's 9-year tenure and only the sixth in the last 19 seasons.
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 UCI game.
VIDEO: All 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. 16.2 4.2a Transfer from USF; BWC player of week after 37-point game vs. UCSB
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 13.0 2.9r Hit 7 of 11 3-point tries vs. UCSB, two to beat buzzers
G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. 16.5 5.2r Transfer from Cal; 20-for 30 (.667) treys last 6 games on way to 121 points
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 9.1 4.9r Transfer from South Florida; 22-for-38 FGs (.579) over last 6 games
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 12.2 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 6 games due to family issues
G 3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 3.0 2.8a Season-highs of 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists in start at CSU Bakersfield
G 10 Cameron Glover 6-0 Jr. 1.0 0.7r Transfer from Mt. San Jacinto JC
C 12 John Underwood 6-9 Jr. 1.4 1.6r Transfer from Missouri started at CSU Bakersfield but suffered rib injury
G 14 Orlando Brown* 6-2 Sr. 2.4 1.3r Hit clutch trey to stop 7-0 UCI run in second half on Jan. 21
C 24 Bernard Webb 6-9 Jr. 2.0 0.6r Transfer from Salt Lake City CC played in only 7 games due to a broken foot
G 32 Chris Collins 6-4 RFr. 1.7 1.0r Sat out true freshman season last year
C 33 Sedric Martin* 6-6 Sr. 1.2 0.9r Strong 12 minutes at UC Irvine with 4 points, 3 rebounds
G 44 Jordan Knox 6-0 Jr. 0.0 0.7r Transfer from Las Positas JC in Livermore, Calif.
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 set a school record withh 17 3-point baskets in only 26 attempts (.654) and rallied from a 12-point deficit for a 99-86 win over UC Santa Barbara. Kwame Vaughn scored 37 points and Isiah Umipig had 25 including a pair of remarkable buzzer-beating treys. It marked the most points allowed by a UCSB team a 105-70 loss at North Carolina on Dec.22, 2007.
THE COACH: Bob Burton is 149-119 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 .556 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78).
FRIENDLY CONFINES: At 9-1 this season, the Titans are now 79-35 (.693) under Bob Burton in Titan Gym -- 39-5 (.886) in non-conference games and 40-30 (.571) in Big West games. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 303-168 (.643). 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: Fullerton leads it, 51-42, including a bizarre 92-84 win in the Bren Center on Jan. 21. Fullerton has only a 19-15 edge in Titan Gym (since `77-78) despite winning four of the last five.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: UC Irvine's young squad was projected for ninth place in the media's Big West Conference pre-season polls but the Anteaters are tied for fourth at 5-5 with UC Riverside and Pacific. They had won three in a row since a home loss to Fullerton before losing to Pacific on Satrday, 72-64. They feature a guard-oriented attack led by Daman Starring (11.6 ppg) and Michael Wilder (11.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg). They are shooting only 40 percent as a team but holding opponents to only 41 percent.
BALANCED, EXPLOSIVE STARTING 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 16.5 and 16.2 ppg, respectively. Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least twice (Vaughn 8, Seeley 7, Umipig 4, Amoke 3 and Chin 2). The bench scored only 3 points (Perry Webster) in the wins over Pacific, UCR and UCSB and only 2 (Underwood) at Northridge but contributed 8 points at UCSB, 16 and 14 vs. 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 988 or 58 percent of Fullerton's 1,714 points so far this season. Isiah Umipig (287) has scored 17 percent to leave the remaining 25 percent spread among 10 players.
VAUGHN UPDATE: His 37-point game vs. UCSB is surpassed only by the following in Titan Div. I history: 47 points by Bobby Brown vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 16, 2006; 41 by Josh Akognon twice; and 38 by Richard Morton. Akognon also had a 37-point game.
SEELEY THREATENING: D. J. Seeley is threatening the Titan single-season record for 3-point field goal percentage. He's at .445 after 22 games and the record is .443 by Don Leary (89 of 201) in 1992-93. Orane Chin (.459) and Perry Webster (.452) have even better marks but less than 1 make per game.
At .413, the team has a way to go to top the school record of .436 by the 1984-85 squad, which made 44 of 101 attempts in the early days of the rule. But it's ahead of the best performance by a Bob Burton Era team -- .385 (285 of 741) by the 2007-08 NCAA Tournament team.
AMONG THE BIG WEST: Through games of Feb. 4, Fullerton was among the Big West Conference leaders in:
-- scoring (1st)
-- FG percentage (1st)
-- 3ptFG percentage (1st)
-- rebounding margin (1st)
-- 3pt FGs made (1st)
-- scoring margin (2nd)
-- assists (3rd)
-- steals (3rd)
but near the bottom in:
-- turnover margin (8th)
-- assist/turnover ratio (7th)
-- Vaughn was 1st in assists
-- Amoke was 1st in FG percentage
-- Umipig was 1st in 3FGs made
-- Amoke was 2nd in rebounding
-- Amoke was 2nd in double-doubles
-- Seeley was 3rd in steals
-- and the Titans had four of the top 10 scorers in Seeley (3rd), Vaughn (5th), Umipig (9th) and Amoke (10th).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Thru games of Feb. 5, Fullerton ranked 5th in 3-point FG percentage at .414 (Creighton No. 1 at .448); 15th in FG percentage at .486 (Creighton No. 1 at .512); 16th in 3's made per game at 8.5 (Florida at 10.5) and 22nd in scoring at 77.9 ppg (North Carolina at 84.1). Individually, Isiah Umipig (vs. Redlands) is one of 40 players to make at least 8 3-point field goals in a game. Kwame Vaughn was one of only 28 players to have scored 37 or more points in a game. The high was Kevin Murphy of Tennessee Tech with 50 vs. SIU-Edwardsville.
BRACKET BUSTER: The Titans drew Montana State (currently 11-11) of the Big Sky Conference for the Sears Bracket Buster series, to be played in Titan Gym at 6:05 p.m. on Feb. 18.
COIN DRIVE: The nine campuses of the Big West Conference are conducting their fifth annual Coin Drive during February to benefit local charities. Last year Fullerton fans contributed \$306.10 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Pacific won the competition with \$2,512.07 for the St. Josephs Foundation for Breast Cancer Services.
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 (although not so much lately) -- Fullerton has displayed consistent inconsistency this season with sometimes equal amounts of good play and bad play. They have a 7-game win streak, two 3-game winning streaks 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' string of having a major cold spell was stopped at 9 games by last Thursday's effort vs. Cal Poly. CSF was 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. Other than an 11-2 advantage in "debris" time, Cal Poly's only runs were 6-0 (when down by 31) and 5-0 to take its last lead at 10-8. On Saturday, UCSB used a 15-0 run late in the first half to take a short-lived 40-28 lead.
REBOUNDING EDGE: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 6.6 per game despite a lack of great size but is only +2.7 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 eligible 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 County. 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.