Dec. 31, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
Mon., Jan. 2 -- Pacific, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 5 -- at UC Santa Barbara, Thunderdome (6,000), 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 7 -- at Cal Poly SLO, Mott Gym (3,032), 7 p.m.
IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (9-3) carry a 6-game winning streak, their longest since a 6-gamer late in 2007-08, and go for a seventh in a row that would be the longest since the 1990-91 season (8-gamer) when they host Pacific on Monday night. A win would be No. 300 in historic Titan Gym since the program went to Div. I in 1974-75. It will be the Tigers' (4-7) Big West opener.
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. 15.3 4.8r Transfer from Cal; 14 of his 23 points vs. Portland State came in 2nd half
G 5 Kwame Vaughn 6-3 Jr. 14.9 4.0a Transfer from USF; career-high 27 vs. PSU; clutch 2 FTs to clinch Davis win
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 13.7 3.3r Was leading Big West in 3-point field goals but 1-for-5 (1-for-8 overall) vs. Davis
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 9.8 6.0r Transfer from South Florida; 24-for-38 FGs (.632) over last 5 games
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 12.9 8.4r Transfer from Cal had fourth double-double (14 & 10) vs. Portland State
OFF THE BENCH:
F 0 Andre Hardy* 6-6 Sr. 5.6 4.5r Big West Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2010-11; transfer from ORU
G 3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 2.3 2.7a Had season-high 6 assists in 17 minutes vs. UC Davis
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. 2.9 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.
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: The Titans again played only one good half, this time the first, and had to hold on for dear life and a 65-64 win over UC Davis on Thursday night. Fullerton led by as many as 16 points but was tied with 2 minutes remaining. The Titans shot a season-low 39 percent from the floor including 23 percent in the second half.
THE COACH: Bob Burton is 143-115 in his ninth season at Cal State Fullerton and career. He has passed Alex Omalev (139-176 in 12 years) for the most CSF wins all-time. Burton's winning percentage of .554 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78).
FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 74-35 (.679) in Titan Gym including 39-5 (.886) in non-conference games. Fullerton has won 36 of its last 39 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 299-168 (.640). 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).
WINNING STREAK: Fullerton last won six in a row as part of a 6-game skein that was climaxed by a 3-0 run to win the 2008 Big West Conference Tournament. The last time the Titans won seven in a row was in an 8-game streak running from Dec. 5, 1990, thru Jan. 2, 1991, ending in a blowout loss at UNLV.
SECOND BEST START: The only better 12-game record for the 9-3 Titans under Coach Bob Burton is the 10-2 start of the 2006-07 team, which went to 10-3 before finishing 20-10.
SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton is 35-46 all-time vs. Pacific but swept last year's meetings, 54-51 in Titan Gym and 82-80 in Stockton.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Pacific brings a 4-7 non-conference record into its Big West slate, most recently a 55-47 loss at Fresno State on Thursday night. The Tigers are 4-1 at home but 0-6 on the road. The only double-digit scorer is Lorenzo McCloud at 10.3 points per game. Twelve different Tigers have started games but no one has more than 9 starts in the 11 games. Their most impressive win was a 65-57 decision over Utah State on Dec. 3.
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 9.8 per game. 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.
BALANCED, SOLID FIVE: The Titans have used the same starting lineup -- Chin, Amoke, Seeley, Vaughn & Umipig -- in every game but the opener. All but Chin (9.8) are averaging in double figures led by Seeley at 15.3. Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least twice (Seeley & Vaughn 4 times, Amoke 2, Umipig 2 and Chin 2.
SCORING TRIO: Last-season redshirts Seeley, Amoke and Vaughn have combined for 518 or 54 percent of Fullerton's 963 points so far this season.