November 29, 2011

Midwest Trip Up Next

Nov. 29, 2011

Wichita, KS -

UPCOMING:
Thurs., Dec. 1 -- at Wichita State, Charles Koch Arena (10,506), 5:05 p.m. PST
Sat., Dec. 3 -- at SIU Edwardsville, Sam Vadalabene Center (4,000), noon PST
Wed., Dec. 7 -- at Utah, Huntsman Center (15,000), 6 p.m. PST
Sun., Dec. 11 -- Eastern Washington, Titan Gym (4,000), 3:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (3-2) try to bounce back from a rare home non-conference loss with a pair of road games in the Midwest. On their first road trip of the season, they went 2-1 in the Beryl Shipley Classic in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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. This road trip will NOT be broadcast.

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
G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. 16.6 5.4r Transfer from Cal; MVP of the Beryl Shipley Classic with 61 pts. in 3 games
G 5 Kwame Vaughn 6-3 Jr. 12.2 4.3a Transfer from USF; made the all-tourney team at Lafayette
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 14.6 2.8r Only 2-for-18 from 3-point line in Louisiana but 11-for-20 in Titan Gym
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 8.4 6.2r Transfer from South Florida made all-tourney team with two double-doubles
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 14.4 8.0r Transfer from Cal leads team in rebounding despite one foul-shortened game

OFF THE BENCH:
F 0 Andre Hardy* 6-6 Sr. 4.2 5.4r Big West Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2010-11; transfer from ORU
G 3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 1.6 2.6a Led Big West in assists (155) and assists-to-turnover ratio (2.67:1) in 2010-11
G 10 Cameron Glover 6-0 Jr. 1.0 1.0r Transfer from Mt. San Jacinto JC
C 12 John Underwood 6-9 Jr. 2.8 2.5r Won appeal from NCAA on Nov. 4 to play this season; transfer from Missouri
G 14 Orlando Brown* 6-2 Sr. 3.8 1.0r Scored 14 points in two bursts of about 3 minutes total vs. Nicholls State
C 24 Bernard Webb 6-9 Jr. 5.0 1.5r Transfer from Salt Lake City CC; played in only 7 games due to a broken foot
G 32 Chris Collins 6-4 RFr. 5.0 2.0r Sat out true freshman season last year
C 33 Sedric Martin* 6-6 Sr. 1.0 0.0r Played in all but one game last season; started 3 times
G 44 Jordan Knox 6-0 Jr. 0.0 3.5r Transfer from Las Positas JC in Livermore, Calif.
*letters earned

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 trailed almost the entire game in losing to CSU Bakersfield, 73-66, on Saturday night. The Titans' only lead of the second half was at 59-58 with 5 minutes to play but the Roadrunners scored the next 10 points. Fullerton committed 21 turnovers and allowed Bakersfield to grab 15 offensive rebounds.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 137-114 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 .546 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. At 2-1 this season, Coach Burton's current total (including 12-17 on neutral floors) is 67-79 (.459). 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 70-35 (.667) in Titan Gym including 36-5 (.878) in non-conference games. Fullerton has won 33 of its last 36 home non-conference games with the exceptions an 84-80 loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007, a 71-57 loss to Montana on Dec. 22, 2010, and Saturday night vs. Bakersfield. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 295-168 (.637). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center. SERIES HISTORIES: Fullerton is 0-3 vs. Wichita State and 1-0 vs. SIU-Edwardsville. Fullerton lost at Wichita in 1976-77 (70-63) and 1982-83 (82-61) and in the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu in 1981-82 (70-67). The SIU-Edwardsville game is the return match from the 2009-10 ESPN Bracket Buster, which produced a 78-74 Fullerton win in Titan Gym on Feb. 20 despite 32 points by freshman Mark Yelovich, who is now a junior.

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS:
Wichita State is 3-2 including a 1-2 effort at a tournament in Puerto Rico, where it beat Colorado and lost to Alabama and Temple. The Shockers are 2-0 at home with wins over Charleston Southern and UAB. Both of those games drew more than 10,000 people, running their string to 108 games in a row with more than 10,000 fans in attendance. The leading scorer is 6-5 guard Toure Murry at 14.8 points per game plus 5.0 rebounds. Seven-foot center Garrett Stutz leads in rebounding at 8.0 and is the No. 3 scorer at 10.6 ppg. Wichita State's defense is allowing opponents to shoot only 38 percent from the floor and 25 percent at the 3-point line. WSU was 29-8 last season for Coach Gregg Marshall, now in his fifth year (85-57) after 10 seasons at Winthrop.

SIU Edwardsville is located across the Missouri River from St. Louis. The Cougars take an 0-4 record into a Nov. 30 home game vs. Robert Morris. They lost at Illinois and Illinois State before letting a pair of second-half leads get away to Lipscomb and Hampton in a tournament in Cancun, Mexico. A pair of 6-6 junior forwards lead the way statistically. Mark Yelovich is averaging 13.3 points and 4.8 assists and Jerome Jones is averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. The team is shootiing only 39 percent from the floor and 57 percent at the foul line. Coach Lennox Forrester is 40-79 inn his fifth season.

TITAN PLAYER NOTES:
The following numbers are not this week's lotto winner:
16-14-2-20-20
5-8-18-11-0
34-13-6-1-19
12-6-5-21-17
They are the chronological and inconsistent scoring totals for, in order, Omondi Amoke, Orane Chin, Isiah Umipig and Kwame Vaughn.

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 (Jacques Streeter to UTEP) in the Burton era.

NOVEMBER SIGNEES: The Titans have signed three incoming players for 2012-13. Forwards Marquis Horne of Salt Lake City Community College and center James "Deuce" Johnson of Central Wyoming College both 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 while 6-foot-4 prep school guard Jared Brandon of Maine Central Institute, who led Canyon Springs High School of North Las Vegas to the Nevada state championship in 2011,will have four. "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. "Jared is a long, rangy guard who can play all three positions on the perimeter. He has good size and strength for a guard and has a real knack for scoring in the lane." 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. Brandon averaged 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a senior for Canyon Springs. In the 82-47 win over Reno's Bishop Manogue in the state 4A title game he had 18 points and 8 rebounds. His team went 29-2 with a 13-1 league mark.