December 18, 2009

Titans Off to Logan

Dec. 18, 2009

Logan, UT -

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UPCOMING:
at Basketball Travelers Invitational in Logan, Utah - Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270):
Mon., Dec. 21 -- vs. Weber State, 5:30 p.m. MST
Tues., Dec. 22 -- at Utah State, 8 p.m. MST
Wed., Dec. 23 - - vs. Morehead State, 5:30 p.m. MST

Mon., Dec. 28 -- Cal State Bakersfield, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (4-3) will have endured another long layoff -- this time 8 days and final exams -- between their last game (vs. Occidental on Dec. 12) and their opener against Weber State in the Basketball Travelers Invitational at Utah State. Fullerton has not handled rest well. After beating UCLA on Nov. 16, the Titans fell behind 25-3 in the first 10 minutes of their next game against New Mexico State on Nov. 24. They didn't play again until Dec. 4 and then lost by 20 points to a 1-5 Central Arkansas team on a neutral floor in Nacogdoches, Texas. Fullerton's appearance in this tournament is connected to the Labor Day Weekend exhibition trip to British Columbia in 2008.

AUDIO: The tournament 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 describe the game.

VIDEO: All Titan home games and road Big West Conference games are available via videostreaming, normally 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
G 11 Jacques Streeter* 6-0 So. 10.0 3.7a Staggered by the flu in Nacogdoches; played only 38 minutes total
G 0 Aaron Thompson* 6-4 Sr. 12.1 4.6r Back-to-back career highs of 22 points; BWC Player of Week (Nov. 16-22)
F 5 Gerard Anderson* 6-6 Jr. 5.7 4.6r Hand injuries have limited him to 6 points, 11 rebounds total in last 4 games
F 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson 6-6 Jr. 11.6 5.7r Scored career-high 19 points against his former SDSU team
C 13 Bryce Webster 6-10 Jr. 7.7 5.0r Scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting vs. Occidental
OFF THE BENCH:
G 3 Devon Peltier 5-11 Jr. 8.7 0.6a Has hit 13-of-27 treys last 4 games to average 12.8 points
G 14 Jamel McGuire 6-5 Jr. 2.1 2.0a Extremely fast guard from San Diego City College
F 15 Orane Chin 6-7 So. 8.7 4.1r Hit clutch trey in final minute to get Titans within a point at Stephen F. Austin
G 21 Robbie Robinson 6-5 Jr. 2.6 1.4r Key member of Riverside City College's state championship team in `08-09
G 22 Frank Granados 5-8 Sr. 1.0 0.0a Walk-on practiced against women's team last three years
G 24 Eric Williams 6-3 Jr. 4.3 1.7a Walk-on from Orange Coast who played at Metro State as freshman
F 33 Ray Miller* 6-8 Sr. 3.2 1.8r Led team last season with .631 field-goal percentage
F 42 Papa Guisse* 6-8 Sr. 1.3 2.2r Started 21 of team's 32 games last year
*letters earned

SERIES HISTORIES: Fullerton is 1-3 vs. Weber State, 17-39 vs. Utah State and 0-0 vs. Morehead State.
Vs. Weber State - the teams last met in a home-and-home series in 1987-88 and 1988-89. The Wildcats won both games, 81-77 in Ogden on Dec. 4, 1987, and 88-77 in Titan Gym on Dec. 22, 1988. Fullerton's win came in 1962-63 by a 112-93 count.
Vs. Utah State - the former conference rivals have not met since the 2005 Big West Conference post-season tourney, a game won by the Aggies, 84-77. Fullerton last won, 64-60, at home in the 2004-05 regular season on Feb. 19. The Titans are 2-24 in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, losing 21 in a row since a 72-68 win on Feb. 6, 1982, over what would become a 4-23 Utah State team.

ABOUT THE WILDCATS: The defending Big Sky Conference champions are 5-5 after a loss Thursday night at UNLV. They lost four of their first five games but had won four in a row behind leading scorer Damian Lillard (19.6 ppg). Coach Randy Rahe is in his fourth year.

ABOUT THE AGGIES: The two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champions will take a 6-3 record into a game at Long Beach State (Dec. 18). Jared Quayle leads a balanced attack at 13.4 points per game for 12th year coach Stew Morrill. Tai Wesley averages 11.9 ppg and Nate Bendall checks in at 11.3 ppg. The Aggies won Wednesday night at Cal State Bakersfield, 68-51.

ABOUT THE EAGLES: Morehead State will take a 3-4 record into a home game against East Tennesse State (Dec. 18). Kenneth Faried averages 18.3 points to lead fourth-year Coach Donnie Tyndall's squad.

ROAD WARRIORS: Under Coach Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past five seasons plus three games this year, they are 51-45 (.531) away from Titan Gym (includes 11-11 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 54-56 (.491).

THE COACH: Bob Burton is in his seventh year at Cal State Fullerton with a campus and career record of 111-80. Three losses in a row have dropped his winning percentage to .5811, a few ticks below Bobby Dye's .5829 (109-78) school record from the 1970s. The late Alex Omalev has the most total victories (139-176) followed by George McQuarn (122-117) and then Burton.

UNFRIENDLY VENUE: The Dee Glen Smith Spectrum has been a house of horrors for the Titans, who have lost 21 in a row in the building since future Olympic point guard Leon Wood led the Titans to a narrow 72-68 win on Feb. 6, 1982, for Coach George McQuarn over what would eventually be a 4-23 Aggies team. The only other CSF win was 96-88, on Jan. 31, 1980, under Coach Bobby Dye, who had a physical breakdown later in the road trip at San Jose State and was forced to resign at the end of the season. Three of the losses have come in overtime and there was a one-point loss in 2002-03. Among the "unusual" occurrences: Utah State shot 55 free throws (making 44) in one game; CSF star guard Richard Morton went 5-for-25 from the floor in another game; and TWO Fullerton guards (Aaron Sunderand and Greg Vernon) picked up four personal fouls each in the FIRST HALF in another game.

OTHER EVENTS OF 1982? Sony introduces the first CD player... the Falklands War is fought... 21-year-old Wayne Gretzky sets NHL single season scoring record for Edmonton... Cal wins in football, 25-20, with bizarre 57-yard, 5-lateral kickoff return thru the Stanford band... Claus von Bulow is convicted of attempted murder of his wife... "Chariots of Fire" wins academy award as best picture... Cal Ripken plays the first of his 2,632 consecutive games for Baltimore... Time Magazine's "man of the year" is the computer... Toyota debuts its Camry... President Ronald Reagan addresses English Parliameant... Michael Jackson releases "Thriller."

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Coach Bob Burton, the Titans are 57-24 (.704) in Titan Gym but they went only 2-6 in Big West Conference play last season. They have won their last eight home non-conference games since a loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007.

NOT THIS TIME: Not since a trip to Utah State and Idaho on Jan. 20 & 22, 2005, had the Titans failed to fly home with at least one victory from a multi-game road trip -- a span of 16 road trips -- before it occurred in Texas on Dec. 4-5. They had two 2-0 trips, one 2-1 trip and 13 1-1 adventures between the 0-2s.

NO DOUBLE FIGURES: When Bryce Webster and Devon Peltier led the Titans with only 8 points vs. Central Arkansas on Dec. 4, it was the lowest point total for a Titan scoring leader in the program's 36-year Div. I history. In only three other games did no Titan score in double figures -- 9 by Pape Sow vs. USF, Nov. 19, 2005; 9 by Babacar Camara at Valparaiso on Dec. 22, 2000; and 9 by both Ike Harmon and Chris Dade at Utah State on Feb. 7, 1998.

ANOTHER LOW: Fullerton's 49 points vs. Central Arkansa were its lowest output since a 77-44 loss at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 31, 2004. The only other sub-50-point game in the Bob Burton Era was a 57-49 loss at Utah State on Jan. 22, 2004.

FAST START: Fullerton was 3-0 out of the gate for the fourth time in the Burton Era. But only in 2006-07 have the Titans made it to 4-0.

OVERTIME SUCCESS: Fullerton has won five of its last six overtime games, which covers this season and the previous three.

STOPPING THE TREY: In opening 3-0, Fullerton held its opponents to a .200 percentage (15-for-75) from the 3-point line. But in the last four games, the Titans have seen their opponents shoot .448 (26-for-58) from behind the arc. Fullerton opponents shot .367 last year and .375 the year before. Despite the loss of Josh Akognon, the Titans are a better 3-point shooting team this year at .397 (48-for-121) compared to last year's .344. Aaron Thompson's 12-for-19 (.632) effort, which is among the nation's leaders, tops the list. Devon Peltier is at .451 (15-for-32).

HOME BODIES: Cal State Fullerton has only five games on its 2009-10 schedule outside the state of California --two tourney games in Nacogdoches, Texas, and three in Logan, Utah. Last season the Titans traveled far and wide -- to Honolulu, Portland, Baton Rouge, Las Cruces and Bozeman after a Labor Day exhibition tour to Vancouver, BC.

SHORT-TERM EXPERIENCE: Despite five returning lettermen, the Titans have no players remaining on the roster who suited up during the 2007-08 Big West Conference championship and NCAA Tournament season. Jacques Streeter (32), Gerard Anderson (29), Papa Guisse (21), Aaron Thompson (16) and Ray Miller (12) did combine for 110 starts last season.

DIV. I TRANSFERS: The Titans have two new Div. I transfers eligible this season in Orane Chin (South Florida) and Jer'Vaughn Johnson (San Diego State) plus two players who began at 4-year schools but came to Fullerton via the community college route (Bryce Webster from Minnesota via Irvine Valley and Eric Williams from Metro State in Colorado via Orange Coast). The Titans have two more Div. I transfers redshirting in Sean Williams from Syracuse and Andre Hardy from Oral Roberts. They bring the total of Div. I transfers to CSF to 13 in the Bob Burton Era and 36 in the program's now 35-year Div. I history.

SHELTON TO REDSHIRT: D. J. Shelton, the only freshman in CSF's program, will redshirt this season. The 6-9 forward is a product of East Bakersfield High School. His cousin, Tim Shelton, is on the San Diego State team but nursing a knee injury.

FALL SIGNEES: Cal State Fullerton received two national letters of intent in the November signing period:
&\#149; De'Andre Haskins is attending Citrus College in Azusa after playing his freshman year at Valparaiso University in Indiana. The 6-foot-4 wing player out of Long Beach Jordan HS averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Crusaders and, as a lefthander, will draw comparisons to recent Titan Frank Robinson.
&\#149; Isiah Umipig is a senior at Federal Way High School and lives in Seattle, Washington. The 6-1 point guard led his team to the Class 4A state championship in 2008-09 and was his team's leading scorer in the championship game win over Garfield, 62-54, in the Tacoma Dome with 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting. He played only 13 games his junior season due to an ankle injury. The title was the first in school history.