November 21, 2009

Titans Host Old Nemesis

Nov. 21, 2009

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Tues., Nov. 24 -- New Mexico State, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 4 -- vs. Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin Tournament, Nacogdoches, TX, 5:15 p.m. CST
Sat., Dec. 5 -- at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, TX, 7:15 p.m. CST

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (2-0) have to come off Cloud 9 after their upset win at UCLA to face a New Mexico State program which has beaten the Titans 24 of 31 times including 10 of 15 in Titan Gym. It's a rematch of last year's BracketBuster won in Las Cruces by the Aggies, 94-86.

AUDIO: The New Mexico State game can be heard live on the internet on computers with sound cards. Listeners may access the CSF Athletics home page at www.fullertontitans.com and follow the links. Erik Pessalano and Mike Martinez will describe the game.

VIDEO: All Titan home games and road Big West Conference games are available via videostreaming, normally on a subscription basis but free in the month of November. Details are available on the Big West website at www.bigwest.org.

PROBABLE STARTERS: No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg r/apg Quick Notes
G 11 Jacques Streeter* 6-0 So. 9.5 3.5a All-Big West Freshmen team last year; started all 32 games
G 0 Aaron Thompson* 6-4 Sr. 16.0 7.5r Career high 22 points at UCLA on 9-of-14 shooting
F 24 Gerard Anderson* 6-6 Jr. 10.0 6.0r Honorable mention All-Big West last year; led team in rebounding
F 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson 6-6 Jr. 9.5 6.0r Sat out last year after 2 years at San Diego State
C 13 Bryce Webster 6-10 Jr. 7.0 9.5r Grabbed 14 rebounds at UCLA; played final 16 minutes with 4 fouls

OFF THE BENCH:
G 3 Devon Peltier 5-11 Jr. 5.0 0.5a Outstanding 3-point field goal shooter from Missouri State-West Plains
G 14 Jamel McGuire 6-5 Jr. 3.0 3.0a Extremely fast guard from San Diego City College
F 15 Orane Chin 6-7 So. 12.0 4.0r Redshirt sat out last year after one season at South Florida
G 21 Robbie Robinson 6-5 Jr. 6.0 3.0r Key member of Riverside City College's state championship team in `08-09
G 22 Frank Granados 5-8 Sr. 3.0 0.0a Walk-on practiced against women's team last three years
G 24 Eric Williams 6-3 Jr. 2.0 0.0a Walk-on from Orange Coast who played at Metro State as freshman
F 33 Ray Miller* 6-8 Sr. 2.0 1.0r Led team last season with .631 field-goal percentage
F 42 Papa Guisse* 6-8 Sr. 2.0 1.5r Started 21 of team's 32 games last year
*letters earned

SERIES HISTORIES: The Titans are 7-24 vs. the Aggies, who were in the Big West Conference 1983-84 through 1999-2000. Fullerton's last win and last win at home vs. NMSU both came in the 1995-96 season. NMSU has won the last five meetings.

ABOUT THE AGGIES: New Mexico State takes an 0-2 record into a Saturday night home game against Oklahoma Panhandle State after losses at Saint Mary's and at home to in-state rival New Mexico. The Aggies return all five starters from last year's 17-15 club that was 12-4 at home, 4-10 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites. Jahmar Young (21.0 ppg) and Hamidu Rahman (18.0 ppg) are the top scorers. GordoCastillo averages 4.0 this year but torched the Titans for 20 points off the bench in last season's 94-86 win in Las Cruces in the BracketBuster.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is in his seventh year at Cal State Fullerton with a campus and career record of 109-77. Two wins this season have lifted his winning percentage to .5860, best in school history but only a few ticks ahead of Bobby Dye's .5829 (109-78) mark in the 1970s. Alex Omalev, who passed away last November at the age of 88, has the most total victories (139-176) followed by George McQuarn (122-117).

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 55-24 (.696) in Titan Gym but they went only 2-6 in Big West Conference play last season. They have won their last six home non-conference games since a loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007.

ROAD WARRIORS: Under Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past five seasons plus the UCLA game this year, they are 51-42 (.548) away from Titan Gym (includes 11-10 on neutral floors). For the previous 10 seasons (1994-95 thru 2003-04), the combined road record was 30-115 (.207). With a 3-11 mark in his first seaon (2003-04), Burton's total CSF road record is 54-53 (.505).

UCLA REHASH: The Titans beat UCLA for the first time in 10 attempts, 68-65 in double overtime on Monday night. Aaron Thompson had a career-high 22 points, going 9-for-14 from the floor. Gerard Anderson had 14 points and Jacques Streeter had 11, 7 of those coming in the final 10:09 of the game. Bryce Webster grabbed 14 rebounds, most by a Titan since Scott Cutley had 14 against Cal Poly on Feb. 24, 2007. UCLA made only 5 of 29 3-point attempts and shot only 31 percent from the floor in losing at home to an unranked non-conference opponent for the first time in five years, covering 37 games.

VS. Pac-10: The win at UCLA was only the fourth for the Titans over a Pac-10 team in 25 tries (4-21). They are 1-9 vs. UCLA, 1-1 vs. Oregon State, 1-3 vs. Arizona, 1-0 vs. Washington, 0-1 vs. Cal, 0-2 vs. USC, 0-2 vs. Arizona State and 0-3 vs. Oregon.

OVERTIME SUCCESS: Fullerton has won five of its last six overtime games, which covers this season and the previous three.

HOME BODIES: Cal State Fullerton has only five games on its 2009-10 schedule outside the state of California --two tourney games in Nacogdoches, Texas, and three in Logan, Utah. Last season the Titans traveled far and wide -- to Honolulu, Portland, Baton Rouge, Las Cruces and Bozeman after a Labor Day exhibition tour to Vancouver, BC.

SHORT-TERM EXPERIENCE: Despite five returning lettermen, the Titans have no players remaining on the roster who suited up during the 2007-08 Big West Conference championship and NCAA Tournament season. Jacques Streeter (32), Gerard Anderson (29), Papa Guisse (21), Aaron Thompson (16) and Ray Miller (12) did combine for 110 starts last season.

CHECK THOSE PHOTO FILES: Of the five returning players, three of them have changed jersey numbers. Jacques Streeter switched from 22 to 11, Gerard Anderson switched from 24 to 5 and Ray Miller swithced from 43 to 33.

DIV. I TRANSFERS: The Titans have two new Div. I transfers eligible this season in Orane Chin (South Florida) and Jer'Vaughn Johnson (San Diego State) plus two players who began at 4-year schools but came to Fullerton via the community college route (Bryce Webster from Minnesota via Irvine Valley and Eric Williams from Metro State in Colorado via Orange Coast). The Titans have two more Div. I transfers redshirting in Sean Williams from Syracuse and Andre Hardy from Oral Roberts. They bring the total of Div. I transfers to CSF to 13 in the Bob Burton Era and 36 in the program's now 35-year Div. I history.

SHELTON TO REDSHIRT: D. J. Shelton, the only freshman in CSF's program, will redshirt this season. The 6-9 forward is a product of East Bakersfield High School.

FALL SIGNEES: Cal State Fullerton has received two national letters of intent in the November signing period:
&\#149; De'Andre Haskins is attending Citrus College in Azusa after playing his freshman year at Valparaiso University in Indiana. The 6-foot-4 wing player out of Long Beach Jordan HS averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Crusaders and, as a lefthander, will draw comparisons to recent Titan Frank Robinson. "He's an explosive athlete and can shoot the 3-pointer," said Assoc. Head Coach Andy Newman. "He can put the ball on the floor, too."
&\#149; Isiah Umipig is a senior at Federal Way High School and lives in Seattle, Washington. The 6-1 point guard led his team to the Class 4A state championship in 2008-09 and was his team's leading scorer in the championship game win over Garfield, 62-54, in the Tacoma Dome with 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting. He played only 13 games his junior season due to an ankle injury. The title was the first in school history. "He's a combination guard who has a great feel for the game," said Newman. "He can really shoot it. He's one of the most exciting high school guards we've seen and is right there with some of the guards we have signed in recent years such as Bobby Brown and Jacques Streeter. He's very crafty and knows how to score."

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