Titans Head to Bayou

Nov. 16, 2011

Lafayette, LA -

UPCOMING:
Fri., Nov. 18 -- vs. Nicholls State at Beryl Shipley Classic, Cajundome (12,800), 3 p.m. PST
Sat., Nov. 19 -- at Louisiana-Lafayette, Beryl Shipley Classic, Cajundome (12,800), 5:30 p.m. PST
Sun., Nov. 20 -- vs. Houston Baptist at Beryl Shipley Classic, Cajundome (12,800), 11 a.m. PST
Sat., Nov. 26 -- Cal State Bakersfield, Titan Gym (4,000), 6:05 p.m.

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IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans get their first taste of Div. I competition this weekend with three games in three days in the Cajundome in Lafayette. Fullerton opened with a 118-68 romp over Div. III Redlands, threatening three school scoring records in the process.

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 is the play-by-play announcer in Louisiana.

VIDEO: ALL Titan home games can be viewed on computers via BigWest subscription TV.

POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes
F 0 Andre Hardy* 6-6 Sr. \#10.6 \#8.5r Big West Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2010-11; transfer from ORU
G 5 Kwame Vaughn 6-3 Jr. %12.6 %4.0r Transfer from USF; second leading scorer for Dons in 2009-10
C 12 John Underwood 6-9 Jr. -- -- Won appeal from NCAA on Nov. 4 to play this season; transfer from Missouri
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. \#7.4 \#1.2a Counting exhibition vs. Cal State L.A., is 12-for-20 from 3-point line
G 21 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. \#7.8 \#5.2a Led Big West in assists (155) and assists-to-turnover ratio (2.67:1) in 2010-11

OFF THE BENCH:
G 10 Cameron Glover 6-0 Jr. -- -- True freshman from Lakeside High School in Lake Elsinore
G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. %2.4 %1.4r Transfer from Cal; injured leg dunking in Oct. 22 scrimmage
G 14 Orlando Brown* 6-2 Sr. \#4.3 \#2.9r Started 13 games last season, several at power forward
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. \#12.2 \#5.6r Only two-year letterman on the roster; transfer from South Florida
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. %4.8 %4.6r Transfer from Cal with one year of eligibility; injured shoulder on Oct. 22
C 24 Bernard Webb 6-9 Jr. \#3.0 \#1.6r Transfer from Salt Lake City CC; played in only 7 games due to a broken foot
G 32 Chris Collins 6-4 RFr. -- -- Sat out true freshman season last year
C 33 Sedric Martin* 6-6 Sr. \#2.6 \#1.5r Played in all but one game last season; started 3 times
G 44 Jordan Knox 6-0 Jr. -- -- Transfer from Las Positas JC in Livermore, Calif.
*letters earned \# - last season % - 2009-10 season

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 defeated University of Redlands, 118-68, on Nov. 11 in the season opener. Isiah Umipig scored a career-high 34 points and four teammates also were in double figures. Fullerton led at the half, 70-27.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 135-112 in his ninth season at Cal State Fullerton and career. He has the most victories at the Div. I level and trails only Alex Omalev (139-176 in 12 years) all-time. Burton's winning percentage of .547 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78).

ON THE ROAD: 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 11-16 on neutral floors) is 65-78 (.455). 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: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 70-34 (.673) in Titan Gym including 36-4 (.900) in non-conference games. Fullerton has won 33 of its last 35 home non-conference games with the exceptions an 84-80 loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007, and a 71-57 loss to Montana on Dec. 22, 2010. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 295-167 (.639). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center.

SERIES HISTORIES: Fullerton never has played Nicholls State nor Houston Baptist but is 2-0 against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Titans swept a home-and-home series in 2006-07, winning in the Cajundome, 91-89 in overtime, and 85-49 in Titan Gym.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS:
Nicholls State Colonels, Thibodaux, LA
Coach: J. P. Piper, 8th year, 78-124
The Colonels (0-1) lost their opener at LSU, 96-74. They made 13 of 27 3-pointers and shot 51 percent from the floor but were minus 14 in turnovers (23 to 9) and minus 12 in rebounds... Trevon Lewis came off the bench to top the scorers with 19 points... Lachlan Prest hit 4 of 6 treys... the team has only two seniors.

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, Lafayette, LA
Coach: Bob Marlin, 2nd year, 15-17
The Ragin' Cajuns (1-2) went 1-2 at a season-opening tournament at San Francisco... they beat Northern Arizona, 83-66; lost to North Dakota State, 78-58; and lost to host USF, 71-70, when a last-second tip-in try failed to fall... J. J. Thomas is the statistical leader with 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game... Darshawn McClelland averages 10.0 points... the team has made only 15 of 54 (.278) 3-point tries... Coach Marlin was 225-131 in 12 seasons at Sam Houston State.

Houston Baptist Huskies, Houston, TX
Coach: Ron Cottrell, 21st year, 397-256
The Huskies (1-1) opened the season with an 82-68 loss at Campbell before beating Bethune Cookman at home in overtime, 76-74, on Monday night... they are in their first full-fledged NCAA Div. I season after great success in the NAIA (10 consecutive playoff appearances)... they play in the Great West Conference... they were 5-26 last year but have eight newcomers... the school is one of the few younger than Cal State Fullerton (1957), having been founded in 1960.

ROAD OPENERS: Coach Bob Burton is an interesting 4-4 in road openers. He is 0-3 in neutral court openers (2 at Hawaii, 1 at Central Connecticut) but 4-1 on hostile courts, losing only his debut game at Northern Arizona in 2003-04.

TOURNAMENTS: The Titans have a current 8-game losing streak in regular season tournaments. After going 6-7 from 2003-04 through 2008-09 starting with five 1-1 splits, the Coach Burton's Titans have gone 0-2 at Stephen F. Austin and 0-3 at Utah State in 2009-10 and 0-3 at Honolulu to open last season. All-time the Titans are 34-37 in regular season tournaments including 2-13 in 3-game affairs (1-2 twice, 0-3 thrice).

PLAYER UPDATES:
Both Omondi Amoke (shoulder) and D. J. Seeley (leg) were injured in the Blue-White scrimmage on Oct. 22 and didn't return to the practice floor until last week before seeing limited action vs. Redlands.
Isiah Umipig's 8-for-12 performance from the 3-point line vs. Redlands tied for fourth-best total made in a game by a Titan... the record is 11 by Bobby Brown. Ryan Dillon made 10 and Josh Akognon made 9.

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 in the Burton era.

NOVEMBER SIGNEES: The Titans have signed two incoming players for 2012-13 with a third signing imminent. Both forward Marquis Horne of Salt Lake City Community College and center James "Deuce" Johnson of Central Wyoming College 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. "Marquis is a very smooth, left-handed combo forward who will play the 3 and the 4 for us," said Associate Head Coach Andy Newman. "His biggest strengths are his athleticism and ability to score both inside and out. "Deuce provides our program with a strong inside presence. The combination of his unique ability to score around the rim and his relentless motor make him a tremendous asset. Deuce can also stretch the defense with his ability to knock down perimeter jump shots." Horne averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16 games as a freshman for the Salt Lake Bruins and he got 12 points and 5 rebounds in this year's season-opening win over Pump n Run for new Head Coach Todd Phillips. Horne played his junior and senior high school seasons at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, helping the team to the state finals as a senior when he averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds in 2008-09. As a junior he averaged 12 points and 7 boards. He played his sophomore season for a 22-7 team at Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. Johnson played in all but three games and started four times for Louisiana Tech, averaging 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds in about 7 minutes per game for Coach Kerry Rupp, who was fired. Johnson is playing this season at Central Wyoming College in Riverton for new Coach Curtis Condie, a former Louisiana Tech assistant. Johnson is averaging 20.5 points and 8 rebounds in the first two games of this season. He played his high school ball for Campbell Hall in North Hollywood, Calif. He averaged 14.5 points and 8.4 rebounds as a senior. He was a two-time All-CIF selection and his teams won two state championships.

LOUISIANA FREQUENT FLYERS: The Titans are not infrequent visitors to Louisiana. In addition to the previous basketball trip to Lafayette in 2006, the Titans recently (2008) played at LSU and also played at UNO in 1988. The Titans' baseball team has made several trips -- to LSU for regular season and NCAA play, to UNO for NCAA play (1987) and to the Superdome for the 1988 Busch Challenge. The football team played in Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe twice each and once (1987) at LSU.