November 4, 2011

Men's Basketball Begins

Nov. 4, 2011

Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton's men's basketball teams plays an outside opponent in public for the first time Friday night when the Titans host Cal State Los Angeles in a free exhibition in Titan Gym. Tip-off is at 7:05 p.m.

Ninth-year Head Coach Bob Burton is optimistic about his team with six returning regulars and the eligibility of three redshirts who could only practice with the team last year. Fullerton is projected for fourth place in the pre-season media Big West Conference poll.

The Titans got a boost Friday afternoon when center John Underwood, a 6-foot-9 transfer from the University of Missouri, won a hardship appeal to the NCAA to become eligible to play this season. He has two years of eligibility remaining and could see action as soon as tonight.

Underwood played in only four games for the Tigers last season before leaving school to return to his home in Phoenix for family matters. As a freshman in 2009-10 he played minimal minutes in 14 games.

He joins 6-foot-9 Salt Lake City Community College transfer Bernard Webb to give the Titans an inside presence for two seasons to go with a formidable perimeter game.

The Titans return three starters and three other lettermen from last year's team and they are augmented by eligible Div. I transfers Omondi Amoke and D. J. Seeley from Cal and Kwame Vaughn from San Francisco. Amoke (shoulder) and Seeley (leg) are sidelined another week or two due to injuries.

The visiting Div. II Golden Eagles have one exhibition under their belt with a 79-49 loss at Syracuse, alma mater of head coach Stephen Thompson. Quinton Watkins had a game-high 15 points while Carl Hoffman had 11 points and 8 rebounds.

The Titans officially open the season on Nov. 11 at home vs. Redlands.