Titans Off to Missoula

Nov. 29, 2010

Missoula, MT -

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UPCOMING:
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. PST
Wed., Dec. 8 -- at Arizona, McKale Center (14,545), 6:30 p.m. MST

IN A NUTSHELL: After winning their home opener Saturday after a 1-4 start away from Titan Gym, the Titans (2-4) have another split week - visiting Montana (2-2) on Tuesday and hosting San Diego on Saturday. The former is the first of an in-season home-and-home and the latter is the rematch of Fullerton's Nov. 21 victory in San Diego.

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. San Diego.

VIDEO: ALL Titan home games can be viewed on computers via BigWest subscription TV. The game at Arizona will be televised by Fox College Sports TV.

POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes
G 21 Perry Webster 6-1 Jr. 8.8 4.7a Season-high 17 points vs. Cal State Bakersfield; no turnovers last 3 games
G 3 Devon Peltier* 5-11 Sr. 14.3 2.7r Career-high 24 points at San Diego and final rebound
G 14 Orlando Brown 6-1 Jr. 7.8 6.2r Forced to front line by injuries and second on team in rebounding
F 15 Orane Chin* 6-7 Jr. 16.5 6.3r Scored career-high 27 points at Hawai'i; 12 rebounds vs. Cent. Michigan
C 33 Sedric Martin 6-6 Jr. 5.7 1.8r Scored 13 points in first start of season at USC

OFF THE BENCH:
G 11 Roger Guardia 6-4 Sr. 1.4 1.2r 25-year-old Spaniard is transfer from Cuesta College with one year to play
F 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson* 6-6 Sr. 10.0 6.5r 17 points, 9 rebounds in 23 minutes vs. Cal State Bakersfield
G 13 Isiah Umipig 6-1 Fr. 7.3 2.2r Tied game vs. Central Michigan with trey with 1:01 to play
G 32 Eric Williams* 6-3 Sr. 1.3 1.5r 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. 4.2 3.2r 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 ankle; out to late Dec.
*letters earned \# - in 2009-10 @ - in 2008-09 at Oral Roberts

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LAST GAME: The Titans are coming off a come-from-behind 85-75 win over Cal State Bakersfield in their home opener Saturday. Hurt by 10 first-half turnovers and hot CSUB shooting, the Titans trailed by as many as 14 points (46-32) before a surge to close the first half and open the second half produced a 49-49 tie. Fullerton took the lead for good at 66-63 and hit 23 of 25 second-half free throws to hold the lead.

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 125-96 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 .566 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78). He is 2-0 vs. Montana.

ROAD WARRIORS: Under Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past six seasons plus five game this year, they are 59-56 (.513) away from Titan Gym (includes 11-15 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 season (2003-04), Burton's total CSF road record is 62-67 (.481).

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: Montana is 2-2 and has been idle since a 75-33 win over Idaho on Nov. 22 in which the visiting Vandals made only 6 of 50 field goal attempts. The Griz lost road games at Nevada and Utah before winning twice at home over Montana Tech and Idaho. The Griz were picked second by the coaches and third by the media in the Big Sky Conference pre-season polls after finishing tied for third last season and going 22-8 overall. The early scoring leaders are 6-11, 260-pound center Brian Qvale (16.0 ppg) and 6-1 guard Will Cherry (15.5 ppg). Qvale is the rebounding leader at 7.5 rpg for fifth-year head coach Wayne Tinkle.

SERIES HISTORY: Montana leads the series, 6-3, but the Titans have won the last three meetings including a home-and-home sweep three years ago. Fullerton won in Missoura, 100-91, on Nov. 30, 2007, and at home, 79-76 in overtime, on Dec. 20, 2007. In the former, the Titans became the first opponent in 18 years to reach the century mark in Dahlberg Arena. They hit 14 3-point field goals and got 30 points from Frank Robinson and 26 from Josh Akognon.

TITAN PLAYER THUMBNAILS:

Orlando Brown - surprisingly second on the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg) at 6-foot-1... twice has grabbed 9 in a game... also has guarded opponents' top scoring threat... scored season-high 11 points vs. Cal State Bakersfield.

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... had 17 points and 9 rebounds in 23 minutes vs. Bakersfield... scored 9 unanswered points to forge 49-49 tie.

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 .556 field goal percentage.

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 - after scoreless game at USC came back for season-high 17 points vs. Cal State Bakersfield... has zero turnovers in last three games... averaged 8 points and 5.7 assists in Hawai'i... 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 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 and 7 vs. Cal State Bakersfield.

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