Titans Host UC Davis

Dec. 23, 2010

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Tues., Dec. 28 -- UC Davis, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 30 -- Pacific, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 5 -- at UC Irvine, Bren Center (5,000), 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 8 -- at UC Riverside, Student Recreation Center (2,753), 7 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (4-8) start a second season in two senses -- it's conference play and they finally have their full 11-man roster available. They've had the services of Jer'Vaughn Johnson (knee injury) for about half the season to date and now they have welcomed the arrival of forward Andre Hardy after ankle surgery.

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 is the usual play-by-play announcer.

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

POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes
G 21 Perry Webster 6-1 Jr. 8.8 5.7a Leads Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.0 to 1; was second in nation
G 3 Devon Peltier* 5-11 Sr. 13.3 1.7r Career-high 24 points at USD and key final rebound; 2-for-16 last 2 games
F 15 Orane Chin* 6-7 Jr. 15.8 5.8r Scored career-high 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting at Portland State
F 0 Andre Hardy 6-6 Jr. 11.0 11.0 Double-double off bench in season debut Wednesday vs. Montana
C 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson* 6-6 Sr. 15.0 5.4r Has made 20 of 27 field goals in past three games; shooting 60 percent overall

OFF THE BENCH:
G 11 Roger Guardia 6-4 Sr. 3.2 2.5r Season-high 14 pts. vs. USD, made all four 3-point attempts; 1st start at UofA
G 13 Isiah Umipig 6-1 Fr. 6.9 1.6r Scored 13 of season-high 15 points in first half vs. Occidental
G 14 Orlando Brown 6-1 Jr. 4.6 3.9r Forced to front line by injuries; usually guards opponents' top scorer
G 32 Eric Williams* 6-3 Sr. 1.0 1.3r Walk-on played career-high 22 minutes at USD in first Div. I start
C 33 Sedric Martin 6-6 Jr. 4.1 1.7r Scored 13 points in first start of season at USC
F 45 Steve Jurich 6-7 Jr. 3.8 2.5r Got third start of season vs. Occidental
*letters earned

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LAST GAME: The Titans lost to Montana for the second time this year on Wednesday night, 71-57. Fullerton jumped out to a 16-4 lead but was outscored 31-8 over the final 12 minutes of the first half to fall behind, 35-24, and the deficit never got to a single digit. Montana scored on 7 consecutive possessions and 11 of 12 while the Titans went cold on their way to a season-low 33 percent from the floor.

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 127-100 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 .559 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78). He is 8-5 vs. UC Davis, 3-3 in Big West Conference games.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 65-30 (.684) in Titan Gym including 35-4 (.897) in non-conference games. Fullerton had won its last 13 and 32 of the last 33 home non-conference games prior to Wednesday night's loss. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 290-164 (.639). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center.

ROAD STRUGGLES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. Despite a 1-7 record this season, they are 59-59 (.500) away from Titan Gym (includes 11-15 on neutral floors) from 2004-05 through the present. 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 62-70 (.470).

ABOUT THE AGGIES: Davis takes a 5-7 record into Big West play after beating Southern Utah, 74-65, on Tuesday night. Returning second-team All-Big West forward Joe Harden leads the Aggies in scoring at 14.8 ppg while lanky guard Mark Payne contributes 12.8 ppg and 3.6 assists. Harden also is the leading rebounder at 6.3 rpg. The Aggies and Titans have no common opponents this season.

SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton leads the series, 9-5, but the Aggies swept three meetings last season -- home and road and in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament. Davis also has a 2-game winning streak in Titan Gym.

KEY STATISTIC: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponent four times this year and each occurrence coincided with a victory. The edge in boards was 39-34 in a 3-point win at San Diego, 43-20 in a 10-point home win over Cal State Bakersfield, 27-24 in a 90-76 win over USD and 24-21 on Dec. 18 vs. Occidental.

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. In the loss at Portland State, PSU was 19-for-23 including 9-for-9 in the final minute, while the Titans were 12-of-17.

TITAN PLAYER THUMBNAILS:

Orlando Brown - playing time has diminished with return of Jer'Vaughn Johnson and emergence of Roger Guardia... did not start for first time at Arizona... averaged 29 minutes over first six games vs. 13 minutes over last six games with TOTAL of 8 points and 11 rebounds... twice has grabbed 9 boards in a game... usually guards opponents' top scoring threat... scored season-high 11 points vs. Cal State Bakersfield.

Orane Chin - scored career-high 32 points at Portland State on 13-of-22 shooting (4 of 7 treys)... made the Rainbow Classic all-tournament team, averaging 22.7 points and 6.0 rebounds over 3 games... had 12 rebounds vs. Central Michigan... has struggled against "twin towers," averaging 5 points (5-for-26 shooting) at USC (6-10 and 6-10) and vs. Montana (7-0 and 6-11) while averaging 19.3 points against everyone else... played small forward last year and started there for first time this year vs. Oxy.

Roger Guardia - has emerged last six games, averaging 17 minutes each night after only 29 minutes TOTAL in first six games... grabbed 9 rebounds at Montana and against USD had 14 points including 4-for-4 from 3-point line... had 2 points in first start at Arizona.

Andre Hardy - after a rusty first half, had a strong second half vs. Montana on Wednesday in first game action since March, 2009, and the NCAA Tournament for Oral Roberts... had 11 points and 8 rebounds after intermission to post only the third double-double (11 pts., 11 rebs.) by a Titan this season.

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 on Nov. 24, scoring 3 points and grabbing 4 rebounds... had 17 points and 9 rebounds in 23 minutes vs. Bakersfield... in first two starts had 12 points and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes at Montana and career-high 23 points and 7 boards in 30 minutes in second win over USD... made all 7 shots and all 5 free throws in 19-point game at Portland State before fouling out with 1:16 to play... went 7-for-8 vs. Oxy and is now shooting .600 from the floor... only .405 (17 for 42) vs. USC and Montana but .848 (28 for 33 against others).

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... started again vs. Occidental.

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.

Devon Peltier - in shooting slump... averaging only 5 points (5-for-22 FGs, 4-for-15 treys) over last three games after averaging 16 points over first 9 games... 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... had 19 points in second USD win... led team with 19 at Arizona, making 4 of 6 treys... scored only in first 17 seconds and final 10 seconds vs. Montana on Wednesday night.

Isiah Umipig - freshman "saved the game" for the Titans per Coach Burton vs. Occidental... came off the bench to score 13 of his season-high 15 points before intermission including team's final seven of the period... 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.

Perry Webster - after scoreless game at USC came back for season-high 17 points vs. Cal State Bakersfield and matched that vs. Occidental... has had zero turnovers in four of the 12 games including second USD win when he had 10 assists... also had 10 assists in double-double with 10 points at Portland State... leads Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.0 to 1.0 (68 to 17)... began week second in the nation at 4.33 to 1 to Washington State's Marcus Capers (only 29 assists and 5 turnovers)... 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 had started against Montana State... hit first trey of season vs. Occidental.

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