March 13, 2012

Titans Head to LMU

March 13, 2012

Westchester, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Wed., Mar. 14 -- at Loyola Marymount, first round, CollegeInsider.com PostSeason Tournament, Gersten Pavilion, 7 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (21-9, 12-4) make their sixth Div. I post-season appearance when they travel to Loyola Marymount (21-9, 11-5) for a first-round game in the CollegeInsider.com PostSeason Tournament. It's Fullerton's first berth in the four-year-old event and follows two NCAA (1978 and 2008) and three NIT (1983, 1987 and 2005) appearances. LMU hosted the CIT in 2010 and lost in the first-round to Pacific, which advanced to the championship game. LMU finished fourth this season in the WCC behind NCAA-bound Saint Mary's, Gonzaga and BYU with victories over both Saint Mary's and BYU.

FULLERTON'S PREVIOUS POST-SEASON RESULTS: 1978 NCAA: W 90-85 vs. New Mexico W 75-72 vs. USF and L 58-61 to Arkansas; 1983 NIT: L 83-87 at Arizona State; 1987 NIT: L 68-72 in OT at Cal; 2005 NIT: W 85-83 in OT at Oregon State, W 85-69 at USF and L 57-74 at Georgetown; 2008 NCAA: L 56-71 vs. Wisconsin. Totals: NCAA, 2-2; Post-Season NIT, 2-3.

20-WIN SEASON: Fullerton has posted its sixth winning season in the 9-year Bob Burton Era and the sixth in the last 19 seasons. Fullerton has won 20 games in a season for only the seventh time in school history (52nd season), the fourth time by Burton teams. This, after a 20-loss season in 2010-11 (11-20 record). Previous 20-win seasons: 24-7 in 1961-62; 23-9 in 1977-78; 21-8 in 1982-83; 21-11 in 2004-05; 20-10 in 2006-07; and 24-9 in 2007-08. The Titans tied for second place in the Big West. It's the third time in the Burton Era but only the fifth time in the program's Div. I history that they finished first or second.

AWARD SEASON: Fullerton's entire starting five received All-Big West Conference accolades from the opposing coaches. D. J. Seeley was selected Newcomer of the Year and made the first team, Kwame Vaughn and Omondi Amoke gained second-team honors and Orane Chin and Isiah Umipig received honorable mention. Only once before has CSF had three players on the first and second teams: Scott Cutley (1st), Josh Akognon (2nd) and Frank Robinson (2nd) in 2008.

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. Mel Franks will call the LMU game.

VIDEO: The game will be video streamed online through the CIT Tournament Central -- http://collegeinsider.com/stream/ -- and be available free of charge.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes
G 5 Kwame Vaughn 6-3 Jr. 15.4 3.8a Transfer from USF; second-team All-Big West; led BWC in FT percentagee
G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. 16.8 5.4r Transfer from Cal; Big West newcomer of the year; .440 from 3-point line
G 3 Perry Webster 6-1 Sr. 3.5 3.1a Season-high 12 points at UC Davis; 14-for-23 treys over last 11 games
F 15 Orane Chin 6-7 Sr. 10.2 5.0r Transfer from So. Florida; season-high 20 pts. vs. UCI; .453 from 3-pt. line
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 11.2 9.2r Transfer from Cal; BWC tourney record 21 rebounds vs. UC Irvine
OFF THE BENCH:
G 10 Cameron Glover 6-0 Jr. 1.0 0.7r Transfer from Mt. San Jacinto JC
C 12 John Underwood 6-9 Jr. 1.0 1.4r Transfer from Missouri has started 3 games
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. 2.9 1.7r Last 8 games averaging 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds
G 44 Jordan Knox 6-0 Jr. 0.0 0.6r 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: The Titans scored a season-low 59 points in a 65-59 loss to UC Irvine in the first round of the Big West Conference Tournament on March 8. The Anteaters hit their first three 3-point attempts and jumped out to a 15-4 lead and Fullerton never recovered. The Titans never led but had a couple of chances to tie in the final 3 minutes.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 155-121 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 .562 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78). This is his fifth season at Fullerton finishing in the top three spots in the standings -- 3rdT in 2004-05; 2ndT in 2006-07; 1stT in 2008-08; 3rdT in 2009-10; and now 2ndT in 2011-12.

ON THE ROAD: The Titans are at .500 on the road this season at 8-8 (7-6 hostile, 1-2 neutral). 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 13-20 on neutral floors) is 73-86 (.459). 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: At 13-1 this season, the Titans are 82-35 (.701) under Bob Burton in Titan Gym -- 40-5 (.889) in non-conference games and 42-30 (.583) in Big West games. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 307-168 (.646). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center. Fullerton has won 37 of its last 40 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.

MORE WINNING AT HOME: Fullerton went unbeaten at home in conference play at 8-0 for the first time since the 1982-83 team also went 8-0 including a win over No. 1-ranked UNLV. Coach Burton's best previous home Big West record was 7-2 in 2004-05. The overall mark of 13-1 is second in the program's Div. I history to only Leon Wood's 1982-83 team that went 13-0. Burton's previous overall best was the 2006-07 team that went 12-2.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT: The Lions enjoyed their winningest season since the 1990 team advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Coach Max Good is WCC coach of the year. The Lions hosted a first round CIT game in 2010 and lost to Pacific, which went on to advance to the championship game.

SERIES HISTORY: The Titans lead it, 13-11. The last meeting was a 71-67 LMU win in Titan Gym on Dec. 30, 2003. The last game in Gersten was a 75-68 LMU win on Dec. 7, 2002. Fullerton's last win over LMU was 84-70 on Nov. 24, 2001, in Titan Gym.

HALFTIME INDICATORS: Fullerton is 15-0 when leading at the half, 6-8 when trailing and 0-1 when tied. The Titans have outscored the opposition by 85 points (37.3 to 34.5) in the first half and by 136 points (40.6 to 36.1) in the second half.

BALANCED, EXPLOSIVE STARTING FIVE: The Titans have used the same starting lineup -- Chin, Amoke, Seeley, Vaughn & Umipig -- in every game but three. All are averaging in double figures led by Seeley and Vaughn, at 16.8 and 15.4 ppg, respectively. Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least four times (Seeley 11, Vaughn 8, Umipig 7, Amoke and Chin 4).

3-POINT SLUMP: Despite ranking fourth in the NCAA in 3-point FG percentage, the Titans are in a perimeter slump. In the last 5 games they are only 43-for-132 (.326), dropping the season's mark to .407 from .428 (second in the nation). At .407, the team is unlikely 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 well ahead of the best performance by a Bob Burton Era team -- .385 (285 of 741) by the 2007-08 NCAA Tournament team.

SCORING TRIO: Last-season redshirts Seeley, Amoke and Vaughn have combined for 1,292 or 55 percent of Fullerton's 2,338 points so far this season. Isiah Umipig (404) has scored 17 percent to leave the remaining 28 percent spread among 10 players.

REBOUNDING EDGE: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 5.5 per game despite a lack of great size but was only +2.3 in Big West Conference 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.

AMONG THE BIG WEST: Through games of Mar. 10, Fullerton was among the Big West Conference leaders in:
-- scoring (1st)
-- FG percentage (1st)
-- 3pt FG percentage (1st)
-- rebounding margin (1st)
-- 3pt FGs made (1st)
-- scoring margin (2nd)
-- assists (3rd)
-- FT percentage (3rd)
but near the bottom in:
-- turnover margin (7th)
-- assist/turnover ratio (7th)

Individually:
-- Vaughn was 1st in assists
-- Webster was 1st in assist/turnover ratio
-- Vaughn was 2nd in FT percentage
-- Umipig was 2nd in 3ptFGs made
-- Amoke was 2nd in rebounding
-- Amoke was 2nd in double-doubles
-- Amoke was 3rd in FG percentage
-- Seeley was 3rd in 3ptFG percentage
-- Seeley was 3rd in steals
-- and the Titans had three of the top 9 scorers in Seeley (4th), Vaughn (6th) and Umipig (9th).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Thru games of Mar. 11, Fullerton ranked 4th in 3-point FG percentage at .407 (Northern Colorado No. 1 at .444) and 14th in 3's made at 8.7 per game (Florida at 10.0) and scoring at 77.9 ppg (Iona at 83.3). Webster ranked No. 24 in assist/turnover ratio at 2.45.

AMOKE: Omondi Amoke set a Big West Tournament record with 21 rebounds vs. UC Irvine (school record is 27 by Kerry Davis in 1975 vs. Central Michigan). He hurt his ankle in the Cal Poly game (missed the UCI home game) and has been ill the last few weeks, resulting in some inconsistent numbers. He had 18 points and 14 rebounds at UCR but only 5 points and 0 rebounds vs. Montana State. He had 1 rebound at UC Davis but 12 vs. CSUN on Feb. 29 and 13 vs. Long Beach on Saturday. In the first UCI game he had career highs of 23 points and 17 rebounds but he missed the rematch.

CHIN: Orane Chin has had two strong games since his first sub-par game of February vs. CSUN on the 29th (6 points and 0 rebounds before fouling out after 29 minutes). He bounced back with 9 points and 10 rebounds vs. Long Beach and kept the Titans in the tourney gave vs. UCI with 20 points (8 of 11 FGs, 3 of 4 treys), 15 in the second half. The third-year player leads the current Titans in career scoring with 915 points and 438 rebounds.

MARTIN: Sedric Martin has scored 61 points all season. He got 27 of them in 2 games -- vs. UCI (14) and UCR (13). He has 12 of his 36 rebounds in those 2 games.

UMIPIG: Isiah "Zeke" Umipig is not playing at LMU for personal reasons. His .867 free-throw percentage leads the team and would top the Big West but at 52-of-60 he is 6 makes shy of the qualifying minimum. He had made 2 or more 3-pointers in each of the previous six games and 10 of the previous 11 before an 0-for-5 on a 2-point night vs. UCI. He was only 2-for-13 vs. UCI this season.

SEELEY: D. J. Seeley is averaging 20.0 points and 6.6 rebounds over the last 5 games while making only 10-for-29 (.345) behind the arc. He was only 5-for-22 (.227) from the 3-point line over the 5 games prior to going 5-for-6 vs. Long Beach but then went 0-for-4 vs. UCI. In a 7-game stretch (Jan. 18 thru Feb. 9) he was 24-for-34 (.706). At .440, he has fallen behind the Titan single-season record of .443 by Don Leary (89 of 201) in 1992-93. Perry Webster (.479) and Orane Chin (.453) have better marks but slightly less than 1 make per game. To set the record if this is the last game, Seeley needs to go 3-for-3 or 4-for-5 or 5-for-7 or 6-for-9 or better.

VAUGHN: Kwame Vaughn's 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. After his 37-point game, Vaughn tallied 24 vs. UCI but then averaged only 9.3 points over the next 4 games before erupting for another 24 vs. CSU Northridge on Feb. 29. He scored 10 vs. Long Beach and 12 vs. UCI in the two most recent games.

WEBSTER: Perry Webster led the Big West last year in assists-to-turnover ratio at 2.67 to 1 and he's not far off that pace this season at 2.45 to 1 (93 assists, 38 turnovers). He had his season high of 12 points at UC Davis on Feb. 25 and had 6 vs. CSUN on Feb. 29. He had made at least one 3-pointer in 9 games in a row before going 0-for-1 vs. Long Beach. He was 1-for-3 vs. UCI.

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.