December 2, 2010

Titans Seek USD Sweep

Dec. 2, 2010

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
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
Sun., Dec. 12 -- at Portland State, Stott Center (1,500), 2 p.m. PST

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (2-5) return home to try to complete a season sweep of the University of San Diego on Saturday night. Fullerton won at USD, 62-59, on Nov. 21, surviving four missed USD shots in the final 5 seconds. Fullerton will also try to continue its non-conference home winning ways, currently 11 victories in a row and 30 in the last 31 starts.

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. 8.6 4.4a Leads Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.1 to 1; scored 17 pts. vs. CSUB
G 3 Devon Peltier* 5-11 Sr. 15.1 2.4r Career-high 24 points at San Diego and key final rebound
G 14 Orlando Brown 6-1 Jr. 7.0 5.7r Forced to front line by injuries and second on team in rebounding
C 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson* 6-6 Sr. 10.7 5.7r 17 points, 9 rebounds in 23 minutes off bench vs. Cal State Bakersfield
F 15 Orane Chin* 6-7 Jr. 14.7 6.6r Scored career-high 27 points at Hawai'i; 12 rebounds vs. Cent. Michigan

OFF THE BENCH:
G 11 Roger Guardia 6-4 Sr. 1.5 2.5r Season-high 9 rebounds in season-high 20 minutes at Montana
G 13 Isiah Umipig 6-1 Fr. 6.7 1.9r Tied game vs. Central Michigan with trey with 1:01 to play
G 32 Eric Williams* 6-3 Sr. 1.1 1.3r Walk-on played career-high 22 minutes at USD in first Div. I start
C 33 Sedric Martin 6-6 Jr. 5.6 2.0r Scored 13 points in first start of season at USC
F 42 Chris Collins 6-4 Fr. DNP DNP Walk-on freshman from Chino Hills HS
F 45 Steve Jurich 6-7 Jr. 4.7 3.8r 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 2008-09 at Oral Roberts

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LAST GAME: The Titans fell victim to the size and free-throw shooting of Montana on Tuesday night, dropping a 75-67 decision to the Grizzlies in Missoula. Devon Peltier scored 20 points but the Titans had trouble inside with the 7-0 and 6-11 Montana post players. The rebounding was virtually even but the Titans had 11 shots blocked and leading scorer Orane Chin scored only 4 points on 1-for-11 shooting. Jer'Vaughn Johnson made his first start of the year but was only 5 of 15 from the floor. Fullerton led by as many as 8 points early in the second half but an 8-0 run put Montana in the lead for good at 51-45 and it made 11 of 16 free throws in the final two minutes while Fullerton made only 4 of 9 in the final 5 minutes.

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 125-97 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 .563 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78). He is 1-0 vs. San Diego.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 63-29 (.685) in Titan Gym including 33-3 (.917) in non-conference games. Fullerton has won its last 11 and 30 of its last 31 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 288-163 (.639). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center.

ROAD WARRIORS: Under Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past six seasons plus this year, they are 59-57 (.509) 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 62-68 (.477).

ABOUT THE TOREROS: San Diego (1-5) has lost five games in a row since opening with a home win over Occidental. USD lost on Wednesday night at home to UC Irvine, 90-82. Five players average between 9.0 and 11.3 points led by Ken Rancifer. USD is losing the battle of the boards at a rate of 7 rebounds per game and was outrebounded by vertically challenged Fullerton (minus Jer'Vaughn Johnson), 39-34.

SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton leads the series, 17-11, after the Nov. 21 win, which was the first meeting since the 1999-2000 season. The last meeting in Titan Gym was on Nov. 23, 1999, as Coach Brad Holland's USD team beat his former CSF assistant Bob Hawking's squad, 81-77.

KEY STATISTIC: Fullerton has outrebounded two opponents this year and each occurrence coincided with a victory. The edge in boards was 39-34 in a 3-point win at San Diego and 43-20 in a 10-point home win over Cal State Bakersfield.

KEY STATISTIC NUMBER TWO: Fullerton has been cold-and-hot at the foul line. An 11-for-24 effort was fatal in an opening 3-point loss to Central Michigan and a streak of 2 made in 7 attempts down the stretch at Montana kept the Titans behind. Conversely, the Titans made 33 of 37 in beating Cal State Bakersfield and the difference in the win at USD came at the line -- Fullerton was 18-for-23 while USD was 13-for-22.

TITAN PLAYER THUMBNAILS:

Orlando Brown - surprisingly second on the team in rebounding (5.7 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... played season-low 18 minutes at Montana.

Orane Chin - made the Rainbow Classic all-tournament team, averaging 22.7 points and 6.0 rebounds over 3 games... scored a career-high 27 vs. Hawai'i and came back with 24 vs. Montana State... had 12 rebounds vs. Central Michigan... has struggled against "twin towers," averaging 4 points (2-for-17 shooting) at USC (6-10 and 6-10) and Montana (7-0 and 6-11) while averaging 19 points against everyone else .. played small forward last year.

Chris Collins - walk-on has not played.

Roger Guardia - played more than double his previous season's best with 20 minutes at Montana and grabbed 9 rebounds... played only 16 minutes total in 3 games 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... got first start at Montana and had 12 points and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes.

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... had season-high 7 rebounds at Montana.

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 team's best field goal percentage at .531.

Devon Peltier - has taken over team scoring lead at 15.1 ppg... led the Titans with 15 points at USC and 20 at Montana and in between 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... played season-low 5 minutes at Montana.

Perry Webster - after scoreless game at USC came back for season-high 17 points vs. Cal State Bakersfield... had zero turnovers in three games prior to Montana, where he committed three... still leads Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.1 (31 to 10)... 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.