Titans Try for Second Sweep of Season

Dec. 18, 2007

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Thur., Dec. 20 -- Montana, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 22 -- Wright State, Titan Gym (4,000), 3:05 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 28 -- at Shamrock Classic, Moraga, CA, vs. Furman, 5 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 29 -- at Shamrock Classic, Moraga, CA, vs. Saint Mary's or Howard, 5 or 7:30 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (5-2) go for their second series sweep of the young season and fourth win in as many tries at home Thursday night when they host Montana in a rematch of Fullerton's entertaining 100-91 victory in Missoula on Nov. 30. Fullerton completed a home-and-home sweep of Southern Utah with a 99-63 win Monday night in Titan Gym. The Titans are 5-2 for the third year in a row.

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. Justin Alderson will be mikeside for the Montana and Wright State contests.

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 Sr. 12.5 8.3r Just missed triple double vs. SUU w/15 points, 10 boards, 8 assists
F 34 Marcus Morgan* 6-5 Jr. 5.4 4.3r Career highs of 13 points, 9 rebounds at Arizona
G 1 Josh Akognon 6-1 Jr. 20.9 2.4r Averaging 4.4 made 3-pointers per game
G 15 Junior Russell 5-6 Jr. 5.4 2.7a Scored 16 points off the bench at Central Michigan
G 22 Ray Reed* 5-11 Sr. 5.3 1.6a Season-high 11 points vs. Southern Utah

OFF THE BENCH:
C 21 Kenneth Alexander* 6-6 Sr. 6.4 2.6r Career-high 17 points off the bench at Southern Utah
G 54 Marcus Crenshaw* 5-10 Jr. 9.7 3.0a Hit 5 of 9 treys vs. Southern Utah (Dec. 17)
C 42 Andrew Green* 6-6 Sr. 6.4 3.4r Made first Titan career start vs. Cal State L.A.
G 11 Marcio Lassiter 6-2 Jr. 2.9 1.0a Scored 9 points in 11 minutes of action at Montana

DISABLED LIST:
F 5 Frank Robinson** 6-4 Sr. 15.8 6.8r Missed Southern Utah game with ankle injury
C 13 Eddie Lima 6-9 Jr. 3.0 1.6r Made 3 of 4 shots vs. CSU Bakersfield; knee injury
*letters earned

SERIES HISTORIES: The Titans are 2-6 vs. Montana (0-3 in Titan Gym) including a 100-91 win on Nov. 30 in Missoula. The Titans are 0-1 vs. Wright State, a 77-62 loss in Dayton last season.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: The Grizzlies were 5-2 with losses to nationally ranked Gonzaga and Washington State when the Titans rolled into Missoula a few weeks ago. Since then, Montana has lost four in a row including a home loss at the buzzer to Portland and an overtime loss at Pacific to fall to 5-6. Forward Jordan Hasquet, who had 26 points and 12 rebounds against Fullerton, is the team leader with 15.6 ppg and 7.2 rpg. Forward Andrew Strait, who hit 9 of 13 shots against the Titans on his way to 21 points, averages 10.7 points and 5.5 rebounds.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS: Wright State takes a 4-3 record (1-1 Horizon League) into a Tuesday night home game against Saint Bonaventure. Wright State is riding the momentum of a 2-1 streak that includes an overtime loss to Bradley in between beating No. 13-ranked Butler, 43-42, in its conference opener and a come-from-behind 58-57 victory at the buzzer over Miami of Ohio.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 73-53 in his fifth year at Cal State Fullerton and career. At .579, Burton has the second best winning percentage of any Titans' head coach, trailing only Bobby Dye (109-78, .583). His four previous 8-game records at Fullerton: 4-4 in 2003-04; 5-3 in 2004-05; 5-3 in 2005-06; and 6-2 last season.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Coach Bob Burton, the Titans are 40-15 (.727) in Titan Gym.

THESE 30 ROAD WINS MUCH QUICKER: Under Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past three seasons plus this season to date, they are 30-27 (.526) away from Titan Gym. For the previous 10 seasons (1994-95 thru 2003-04) the combined road record was 30-115. With a 3-11 mark in his first season (2003-04), Burton's total CSF road record is 33-38.

HEALING MAN CUTLEY: The Titans' returning first-team All-Big West Conference senior forward Scott Cutley returned to the practice floor during Thanksgiving weekend, came off the bench at Arizona and started at Montana, six weeks after suffering a fractured right ankle. Last season he missed only one game despite a broken thumb. He led the Big West in rebounding last year. He led the team with 9 rebounds against Montana and had his first double-double of the year (12th of his career) with 21 points and 11 rebounds at Central Michigan. He narrowly missed CSF's second triple-double (Ralphy Holmes: 14 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists on March 5, 2005 vs. CSUN) with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in Monday night's win over Southern Utah.

AKOGNON LIKES THE TEMPO: Josh Akognon is averaging 4.4 3-point field goals per game at 31-for-73 (.425) while leading the team in scoring at 20.9 points per game. He has averaged 5.6 treys in the five Titan wins and 1.5 treys in the two losses. He is only fifth on the team in 3-point percentage behind Marcio Lassiter (.500 on 5/10), Junior Russell (.500 on 3/6), Marcus Crenshaw (.463 on 19/41) and Frank Robinson (.450 on 9/20). The Washington State transfer led the Cougars in scoring in 2005-06 but made just under two treys per game while averaging 10.3 points.

ROBINSON REBOUNDS: Frank Robinson sat out Monday's Southern Utah game with an ankle injury but is expected to be available Thursday night. He bounced back from one of his worst games as a Titan at Arizona to score a career-high 30 points at Montana to go with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. He was 1-for-7 from the floor in Tucson and 11-for-16 in Missoula. He had a double-double at Central Michigan with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

CRENSHAW STARTS: Junior guard Marcus Crenshaw, the Big West Conference's Sixth Man of the Year in 2006-07, started at Montana (and Central Michigan) after 31 consecutive appearances off the bench. He started his first three games as a Titan in November of 2006 when the roster was short three suspended players. He is only 12 makes away from moving into the Titans' all-time Top Ten list for successful treys after a 5-for-9 effort vs. Southern Utah which was augmented by 8 assists, which tied his career high.

MORGAN SHINES IN TV SPOTLIGHT: Marcus Morgan had his best statistical game against easily the toughest opponent he has faced in his 36-game Titan career. He scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while playing solid defense at Arizona. Two nights later in Montana, with a large contingent of family members watching, he got into early foul trouble and finished with only 2 points and 3 rebounds in 13 minutes of action. He also got into foul trouble at Central Michigan and finished with 3 points and 2 rebounds in 13 minutes.

SURVEY SAYS: Cal State Fullerton was a consensus third-place prediction at the annual Big West Conference Basketball Media Day on Oct. 24 behind UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly SLO. The Titans were third in the media poll and tied for third with Pacific in the coaches poll.