Malibu-Bound Titans Try to Rebound from Loss

Dec. 8, 2006

Malibu, CA -

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UPCOMING:
Sat., Dec. 9 - at Pepperdine, Firestone Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 16 - Bethune-Cookman, Titan Gym, 6:05 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 20 - Louisiana-Lafayette, Titan Gym, 7:05 p.m. (second half of doubleheader with women vs. Cal State Bakersfield)

IN A NUTSHELL: Cal State Fullerton (5-2) tries to bounce back from a 24-point loss at No. 1-ranked UCLA on Tuesday night in what will certainly be an up-tempo affair at Pepperdine on Saturday night. Former Fresno City College Coach Vance Walberg is in his first season with the Waves and they will play a full-court defense and up-tempo offense designed to wear down the opponent. They are coming off a win at Colorado but will take a 2-6 record into a Thursday night game at Long Beach State.

AUDIO: All Titan games 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. Mel Franks will be at the microphone for the Pepperdine game.

VIDEO: All Titan home games and road Big West Conference games are available via videostreaming on a subscription basis. Details are available on the Big West website at www.bigwest.org.

PROBABLE STARTERS:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg r/apg Quick Notes
F 2 Scott Cutley 6-5 Jr. 18.3 7.8r Scored 31 points in his Titan debut at Louisiana-Lafayette
C 5 Justin Burns** 6-7 Sr. 12.4 7.7r Big West Conference player of the week two weeks ago
G 3 Bobby Brown*** 6-2 Sr. 16.8 3.3a Needs 8 points to pass Greg Bunch for No. 5 on CSF career scoring list
G 22 Ray Reed 5-11 Jr. 13.3 3.8a Leading Big West Conference in steals with 3.0 per game
G 0 Frank Robinson* 6-4 Jr. 11.8 5.3r Bothered by leg cramps in two of four games to date
OFF THE BENCH:
F 21 Kenneth Alexander 6-6 Jr. 5.0 5.0r Had 6 rebounds in solid 25 minutes at UCLA
F 34 Marcus Morgan 6-5 Jr. 3.3 3.7r Started first three games
C 42 Andrew Green 6-6 Jr. 5.4 4.3r Leads team in rebounds per minutes played
F 43 Chris Minardo 6-10 So. 7.2 3.0r Scored 38 points in first two games; started first three
G 54 Marcus Crenshaw 5-10 So. 11.7 3.1a Leads team with 16 3-point field goals (in 45 tries, .356)
*letters earned

SERIES HISTORY: Pepperdine holds an 11-9 edge in the series but the Titans have won the last two meetings. Fullerton won last year at home, 76-66, and won on its last trip to Malibu, 78-74, on Dec. 1, 2003, for Coach Bob Burton's first Div. I victory.

ABOUT THE WAVES: New Coach Vance Walberg built winning programs at Clovis West High School and Fresno City College before replacing Paul Westphal after last season. He was 133-11 (.924) in four seasons at FCC including a perfect 34-0 mark and the state championship in 2005. The Waves are 2-7 overall but are playing only their second home game. In their only previous home game they lost to UC Santa Barbara in double overtime. Their wins have come vs. Nicholls State in a tournament in Seattle and on Monday night at Colorado. Senior guard Marvin Lea leads four players in double figures at 17.4 ppg and he's the No. 1 rebounder at 5.1 per game. The coach's son, Jason, is averaging 14 points in his senior season after transferring from Saint Mary's. Sophomore point guard Michael Gerrity and sophomore forward Chris Oakes quit the team last week. Gerrity was injured and Oakes was averaging 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds.

ABOUT THE TITANS: The Titans are trying to post their third consecutive winning season, something that hasn't been done in Fullerton since Coach George McQuarn posted four winning records between 1981-82 and 1984-85. They got off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1989-90, but have lost two out of three including their last two road games -- at Eastern Washington and at UCLA. The Titans feature three returning "regulars" in seniors Bobby Brown at point guard and Justin Burns at center and junior guard Frank Robinson, who was the Big West Conference's "sixth-man" of the year in 2005-06. Four-year transfers Scott Cutley and Marcus Crenshaw from Kent State and Ray Reed from Georgetown have made an immediate impact along with community college transfers Kenneth Alexander and Marcus Morgan from West Valley, Andrew Green from College of the Sequoias and Chris Minardo from Citrus College. Six different players (Minardo, Reed, Crenshaw, Cutley, Brown and Burns) have led the Titans in scoring in their first seven games.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 53-43 in his fourth year at Cal State Fullerton and career. At .552, Burton has the second best winning percentage of any Titans' head coach, trailing only Bobby Dye (109-78, .583). He is 2-0 vs. Pepperdine.

ON THE ROAD: Under Coach Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past two seasons plus so far this year they are 22-19 away from Titan Gym. In the previous 10 seasons the combined road record was 30-115.

BOBBY FOCAL POINT: Senior point guard Bobby Brown is the focal point of the Cal State Fullerton program. An unheralded product of Westchester High School in Los Angeles, he has developed into one of the nation's finest players and an All-America candidate. He tested the NBA draft waters last summer but opted to return for his senior year. He has been nominated for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard and is on CollegeInsider.com's pre-season Mid-Major All-American team. He has made numerous pre-season All-Big West Conference teams and is projected as player of the year by many. Last year he was first-team All-Big West and second-team All-NABC District. He needs 462 points this season to become the Titans' all-time leading scorer, surpassing All-American, Olympic gold medalist and 6-year NBA veteran Leon Wood. He needs just 8 points to move into the No. 5 spot ahead of Greg Bunch. After four games Brown is averaging 16.8 points and 3.3 assists while making 10 of 25 (.400) 3-point field goals.

SUPER SUB: Junior Frank Robinson was the key Titan off the bench last year when he was selected the "sixth man" of the year in the Big West Conference. He became a starter for the final three weeks of the season and played to an all-conference level, averaging 16.6 points over the last seven games capped by a 25-point, 12-rebound effort in defeat to Long Beach State in the semifinals of the post-season tournament. Overall, he averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds and was No. 3 in the conference in 3-point field goal accuracy at .445 (49 of 110). He also led the conference in steals at 1.66 per game. This year he scored 16 points in each of his first two games but has totaled only 15 in the last two, making 6 of 14 shots overall and only 2 of 8 from 3-point range.

BURNS WINS HONOR: Senior Justin Burns was selected the Big West Conference Player of the Week last week after posting a pair of double-doubles in victories at Texas-San Antonio and Louisiana-Lafayette. He averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 blocks for the week. With three double-doubles this season, he has moved into the Titans' career Top 12 list with 8. He had five double-doubles and picked up another one against Cal Maritime with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Against UCLA he scored 8 points but failed to get a rebound.

Scott Cutley: Kent State transfer Ray Cutley broke in with a bang, scoring 31 points with 11 rebounds in his Titan debut at Louisiana-Lafayette. It was only the 62nd 30-point game by a Titan at the Div. I level. He scored the game-tying buckets in the final minute of both regulation and overtime. He came back with 19 points at Eastern Washington and a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards vs. Texas-San Antonio. At UCLA he led the team with 7 rebounds and had 11 points, all in the first half.

RAY REED: Georgetown transfer Ray Reed leads the Titans in points (93), assists (27) and steals (21) through the first seven games. He just missed a triple-double against Hope International when he had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.

Marcus Crenshaw: He started the first three games and averaged 18 points. Playing considerably less minutes, he has averaged 7.0 points in the last four games. He leads the team with 16 3-point field goals.

WESTCHESTER CONNECTION: Westchester High School, one of California's most successful prep basketball programs in recent times, leaves a lot of flavor on the Titans' roster. Current players Bobby Brown, Scott Cutley and Jarrel Lake all played there while Titan Assistant Coach Marlon Morton was on the WHS staff. Last year's team had two more former Comets in Jerard Moret (who transferred to West L.A. College) and John Clemmons (eligibility expired).

ONLY ONE NEW STOP: Lafayette, Louisiana, with its Cajundome is the only stop on the Titans' basketball itinerary this year where the Titans have not previously competed. Conversely, three new opponents are visiting Titan Gym -- California Maritime, Bethune Cookman and Louisiana-Lafayette.

SURVEY SAYS: Cal State Fullerton was a consensus third-place prediction at the annual Big West Conference Basketball Media Day on Oct. 25. Both the media and coaches polls had Fullerton behind Pacific and Long Beach State.
HIGH SCORING: In anticipation of a high-scoring affair at Pepperdine, here are the top scoring games by Fullerton and its opponents:

Highest Scoring Games...
128 vs. Chapman University (88), Jan. 8, 1972
117 vs. U.S. International (94), Dec. 11, 1985
113 vs. Pasadena Nazarene (102), 1965-66
112 vs. Weber State (93), 1962-63
111 vs. Utah State (99), Feb. 6, 1992 OT
111 vs. LaVerne (73), 1968-69
110 vs. Cal Poly SLO (98), Feb. 27, 1997
110 vs. UC Riverside (60), 1960-61
109 vs. Mississippi Valley St. (100), Dec. 15, 1990
109 vs. MacMurray (65), Jan. 6, 1979
109 vs. Portland State (92), Dec. 13, 1978
109 vs. UNLV (88), 1960-61
108 vs. Califormia Maritime (56), Nov. 10, 2006
107 vs. Hope International (73), Nov. 27, 2004
107 vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (90), 1971-72
107 vs. Luke Air Force Base (73), 1960-61
106 vs. Sacramento State OT (97), Dec. 15, 2001
106 vs. Brown (60), Dec. 30, 1987
106 vs. Southern California College (75), 1965-66
105 vs. Univ. of San Diego, 1961-62
104 vs. UC Irvine, Feb. 13, 1999
104 vs. Lamar, Nov. 24, 1989
104 vs. Sacramento State, Dec. 10, 1982
104 vs. Cal Poly Pomona, 1962-63
104 vs. San Diego Navy, 1967-68
103 vs. Chapman, 1968-69
102 vs. Denver, Dec. 23, 2004
102 vs. Cal Poly Pomona, 1967-68
102 vs. Humboldt State, 1970-71
101 at UC Irvine, Feb. 24, 1993
101 at Cal State Bakersfield, Jan. 3, 1976
101 vs. UC Riverside, 1960-61
101 vs. Cal State Northridge, 1961-62

Highest Scoring Games By Opponent...
120 at UCLA, Dec. 13, 1997
115 vs. UNLV, Mar. 8, 1990
110 at Eastern Washington, Nov. 27, 2006
108 at Cal Poly, Feb. 12, 2000
108 at Utah, Dec. 27, 1995
106 vs. New Mexico State, Feb. 2, 1995
105 vs. Portland, Dec. 29, 1978
104 vs. UNLV, Mar. 2, 1991
103 at Utah State, Feb. 11, 1995
103 vs. UNLV, Mar. 3, 1990
101 at Cal Poly, Jan. 30, 1999

Combined Points by Both Teams...
216 - CSF 128, Chapman 88; Jan. 8, 1972
215 - CSF 113, Pasadena Nazarene 102; 1965-66
211 - at UCLA 120, CSF 91; Dec. 13, 1997
211 - CSF 117, U.S. International 94; Dec. 11, 1985
211 - Westmont 115, CSF 96; 1964-65
210 - at Eastern Washington 110, CSF 100; Nov. 27, 2006
210 - CSF 111, Utah State 99 OT; Feb. 6, 1992
210 - Cal State Northridge 117, CSF 93; Feb. 29, 1964
209 - CSF 109, Mississippi Valley Stae 100; Dec. 15, 1990
208 - CSF 110, Cal Poly SLO 98; Feb. 27, 1997
208 - UNLV 115, CSF 93 at Long Beach; Mar. 8, 1990