Titans Home at Last

Nov. 25, 2010

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Sat., Nov. 27 -- Cal State Bakersfield, Titan Gym (4,000), 6:05 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 30 -- at Montana, Dahlberg Arena (7,500), 7 p.m. MST
Sat., Dec. 4 -- University of San Diego, Titan Gym (4,000), 6:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: After winning only one of five away games to start the season, the Titans finally get to play their home opener on Saturday night vs. Cal State Bakersfield, a team they have beaten six times over the past three seasons, and they should get more use out of returning starter Jer'Vaughn Johnson, coming back from a knee injury. But the Roadrunners come in 3-2 and riding a two-game winning streak with victories over Pepperdine and San Jose State.

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 will call the game vs. Cal State Bakersfield.

POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes
G 21 Perry Webster 6-1 Jr. 6.2 5.0a Averaged 5.7 assists in Hawai'i tournament; 5 go-ahead points at USD
G 3 Devon Peltier* 5-11 Sr. 14.4 3.0r Career-high 24 points at San Diego and final rebound
G 14 Orlando Brown 6-1 Jr. 7.2 5.6r Forced to front line by injuries and second on team in rebounding
F 15 Orane Chin* 6-7 Jr. 16.6 6.0r Scored career-high 27 points at Hawai'i; 12 rebounds vs. Cent. Michigan
C 33 Sedric Martin 6-6 Jr. 5.2 1.8r In first start at USC had 13 points

OFF THE BENCH:
G 11 Roger Guardia 6-4 Sr. 1.8 1.5r 25-year-old Spaniard is transfer from Cuesta College with one year to play
F 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson* 6-6 Sr. 3.0 4,0 Returned to practice Nov. 18; played 13 minutes at USC
G 13 Isiah Umipig 6-1 Fr. 8.8 2.0r Tied game vs. Central Michigan with trey with 1:01 to play
G 32 Eric Williams* 6-3 Sr. 1.2 1.2r Walk-on played career-high 22 minutes at USD in first Div. I start
F 42 Chris Collins 6-4 Fr. DNP DNP Walk-on freshman from Chino Hills HS
F 45 Steve Jurich 6-7 Jr. 5.3 3.5r Missed Montana State game due to back problem after starting first 2 games

DISABLED LIST:
F 0 Andre Hardy 6-6 Jr. @7.5 @5.5r Had surgery to remove bone chips, repair ligament in his ankle; out to Dec.
*letters earned \# - in 2009-10 @ - in 2008-09 at Oral Roberts

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LAST GAME: The Titans are coming off a defeat at USC that saw them trail by 2 (32-30) at the half but get outscored 49-24 after intermission for an 81-54 loss. Fullerton had only 4 turnovers in the first half but 12 in the second half, several leading to breakaway layups and dunks.

NO EXPERIENCE: With no two-years or more lettermen, the Titans field a roster that has a total of only nine seasons of Div. I experience (Johnson 3, Hardy 2, Chin 2, Williams 1 and Peltier 1) and only four of those are at Fullerton (Johnson, Chin, Williams and Peltier 1 each). With Johnson and Hardy sidelined, the Titans took only eight healthy scholarship players to Oahu with a total of four seasons of Div. I experience.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 124-96 in his eighth 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 .564 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78). He is 6-0 vs. Cal State Bakersfield.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 62-29 (.681) in Titan Gym including 32-3 (.914) in non-conference games. Fullerton has won its last 10 and 29 of its last 30 home non-conference games with the exception an 84-80 loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 287-163 (.638). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center.

ABOUT THE ROADRUNNERS: Cal State Bakersfield under Coach Keith Brown is 3-2 after a win at Pepperdine (66-64) last Saturday and a home win over San Jose State (82-77) on Wednesday. Three players average in double figures led by talented guard Stephon Carter (19.6 ppg).

SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton has won the last 11 meetings to lead the all-time series, 11-2... the last six games have come over the past three seasons in home-and-home series... prior to that, you have to go back to 1986-87... Fullerton's three wins under Coach Bob Burton at home have come by double-digit margins but the games in Rabobank Arena have been won by 4, 5 and 8 points, the latter in overtime.

TITAN PLAYER THUMBNAILS:

Orlando Brown - surprisingly second on the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg) at 6-foot-1... also has guarded opponents' top scoring threat.

Orane Chin - made the Rainbow Classic all-tournament team, averaging 22.7 points and 6.0 rebounds... scored a career-high 27 vs. Hawai'i and came back with 24 vs. Montana State... had 12 rebounds vs. Central Michigan... had only 4 points and 4 rebounds at USC.. played small forward last year.

Chris Collins - walk-on has not played.

Roger Guardia - played only 16 minutes total in Hawai'i... did not play at all vs. Central Michigan.

Andre Hardy - underwent surgery late summer for bone chips and ligament damage in ankle; due back late December.

Jer'Vaughn Johnson - only returning starter from last year... strained knee ligament in early practice session; released to practice again on Nov. 18 and played 13 minutes off the bench at USC, scoring 3 points and grabbing 4 rebounds.

Steve Jurich - averaged 8 points and 2.5 rebounds in two starts in Hawai'i before back problem sidelined him... came off the bench at San Diego and played 21 minutes with 5 points and 5 rebounds... no points but 5 boards at USC.

Sedric Martin - got first start at USC and made 6-of-9 shots against the Trojans' twin 6-10 towers and scored 13 points... played about 12 minutes per game in Hawai'i, averaging 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds... hit two free throws at 3:39 to tie Hawai'i game at 70-70... has fouled out twice.

Devon Peltier - led the Titans with 15 points at USC and was most of the Titans' offense in the second half at San Diego, scoring 14 of his career and game-high 24 points... averaged 11 points but shot poorly in Hawai'i, going combined 1-for-10 from 3-point line in first two games... 5-for-12 treys on way to 19 points vs. Montana State.

Isiah Umipig - freshman hit game-tying trey vs. Central Michigan with 1:01 to play... averaged 10 points and 2.0 rebounds in Hawai'i... back-up point guard ended up at starting small forward vs. Montana State.

Perry Webster - averaged 8 points and 5.7 assists in Hawai'i... called for charge with 5 seconds left in tie game vs. Central Michigan, setting stage for game-winnng shot by CMU... scored only 5 points at San Diego but they turned a 58-55 deficit into a 60-58 lead on back-to-back possessions (2 free throws and a trey around his steal)... had 4 steals and no turnovers at USC.

Eric Williams - walk-on averaged 9 minutes per game in Hawai'i... got first career start at San Diego as Titans went "big," starting him (6-3) in place of 6-1 Umipig, who started against Montana State... played 8 minutes at USC.