Titans Aim for 5 in Row

Dec. 19, 2011

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Thur., Dec. 22 -- Portland State, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 29 -- UC Davis, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 2 -- Pacific, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (7-3) will try to win their fifth in a row for the first time since its run to the 2007-08 NCAA Tournament when they play their final pre-Big West Conference schedule game Thursday night vs. Portland State (6-5). It's the third game of a 5-game homestand.

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 upcoming home games.

VIDEO: ALL Titan home games can be viewed on computers via BigWest subscription TV.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes
G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. 14.8 4.9r Transfer from Cal; only 4-for-16 from floor last 2 games after .444 start
G 5 Kwame Vaughn 6-3 Jr. 13.5 4.3a Transfer from USF; averaging 15.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg in 4-game win streak
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 14.5 3.4r Leads Big West in 3-point field goals; career highs in assists, points prev. week
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 10.1 5.9r Transfer from South Florida; 17-for-23 FGs (.739) over last 3 games
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 13.3 8.5r Transfer from Cal has had double-figure rebounds five times
OFF THE BENCH:
F 0 Andre Hardy* 6-6 Sr. 5.4 4.8r Big West Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2010-11; transfer from ORU
G 3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 2.3 2.4a Led Big West in assists (155) and assists-to-turnover ratio (2.67:1) in 2010-11
G 10 Cameron Glover 6-0 Jr. 0.5 0.5r Transfer from Mt. San Jacinto JC
C 12 John Underwood 6-9 Jr. 1.4 1.6r Won appeal from NCAA on Nov. 4 to play this season; transfer from Missouri
G 14 Orlando Brown* 6-2 Sr. 3.0 1.0r Missed Eastern Washington game with facial injury suffered in practice
C 24 Bernard Webb 6-9 Jr. 3.5 1.0r Transfer from Salt Lake City CC; played in only 7 games due to a broken foot
G 32 Chris Collins 6-4 RFr. 2.5 1.5r Sat out true freshman season last year
C 33 Sedric Martin* 6-6 Sr. 1.5 0.5r Played in all but one game last season; started 3 times
G 44 Jordan Knox 6-0 Jr. 0.0 1.0r 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: After struggling for the first 20 minutes against a game Div. III opponent, the Titans dominated La Verne in the second half for an 86-44 win on Saturday night. After leading 35-32 at the half, the Titans held the Leopards to 3 field goals in a 51-12 second half.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 141-115 in his ninth season at Cal State Fullerton and career. He is 1-2 vs. Portland State. He has passed Alex Omalev (139-176 in 12 years) for the most CSF wins all-time. Burton's winning percentage of .551 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78).

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 72-35 (.673) in Titan Gym including 38-5 (.884) in non-conference games. Fullerton has won 35 of its last 38 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 Nov. 26 of this season vs. Bakersfield. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 297-168 (.639). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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 4-2 this season, Coach Burton's current total (including 12-17 on neutral floors) is 69-80 (.463). By comparison, for the nine seasons (1994-95 thru 2002-03) prior to Burton's arrival, the combined road record was 27-104 (.206).

SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton is 4-3 all-time vs. Portland State -- 3-0 in Titan Gym and 1-3 in Portland, where the Vikings have won the last two meetings including a 93-89 contest on Dec. 12, 2010. In that game, Orane Chin scored a career-high 32 points.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Portland State is 6-5 after a 101-68 loss at Oregon State on Sunday. The Vikings are 4-0 at home including a 91-87 win over Fullerton-beater Cal State Bakersfield but they 0-5 on the road. Tyler Geving is in his third season as head coach. The Vikes play up tempo and have three players in double figures scoring led by Charles Odum at 16.5 ppg and Chehales Tapscott at 14.1 ppg. Four other players average between 7.0 and 8.8 points per contest.

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.

REBOUNDING EDGE: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 11.5 per game, fifth best in the NCAA for games thru Dec. 18 (Pittsburgh is No. 1 at + 12.9). The school record for rebounding margin is + 6.1 by the 2003-04 team. The next best is plus 5.1 by the 1978-79 squad.

AMONG THE BIG WEST: Through games of Dec. 18, Fullerton was among the Big West Conference leaders in:
-- scoring (1st)
-- FG percentage (1st)
-- 3ptFG percentage (1st)
-- rebounding margin (1st)
-- steals (3rd)
but near the bottom in:
-- FT percentage (8th)
-- turnover margin (8th)
-- assist/turnover ratio (8th)

Individually:
-- Umipig is 1st in 3pt FGs made
-- Amoke is 2nd in FG percentage
-- Vaughn is 2nd in assists
-- Amoke is 3rd in rebounding
-- Seeley is 3rd in steals
-- Umipig is 3rd in FT percentage
-- and the Titans have four of the top 11 scorers in Seeley (7th), Umipig (8th), Vaughn (10th) and Amoke (11th)

AMONG THE NATION: In games thru Dec. 18, the Titans rank fifth in rebounding margin at +11.5 per game and No. 18 in the nation at 80.6 points per game. Omondi Amoke is 29th in field goal percentage at .587 and Isiah Umipig is tied for 41st with 2.80 3-pointers per game.

SCORING TRIO: Last-season redshirts Seeley, Amoke and Vaughn have combined for 416 or 52 percent of Fullerton's 806 points so far this season.

BALANCED, SOLID FIVE: The Titans have used the same starting lineup in every game but the opener. Those five players - Chin, Amoke, Seeley, Umipig and Vaughn - are all averaging in double figures in scoring between Chin's 10.1 ppg and Seeley's 14.8 ppg. Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least twice (Seeley 4 times, Amoke 2, Vaughn 2, Umipig 2 and Chin 2.

ALL-TIME MARGINS OF VICTORY:
Largest: 52 points, 91-39, vs. Seattle, 12/16/85
Largest, Conference: 40 points, 98-58, vs. UCR, 1/13/07
Largest, Road Game: 32 points, 89-57, at UCI, 1/25/97
Largest, Road Game, Non-Conference:
32 points, 101-69, at CSU Bakersfield, 1/3/76;
31 points, 87-56, at CSU Northridge, 11/27/76
Largest, Road Game, Div. I, Non-Conference:
31 points, 81-50, at Utah, 12/7/11
30 points, 90-60, at Hawaii, 11/27/83