UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Fullerton
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Cal State Fullerton returns to Titan Gym for its final two games of the regular season beginning with a 6 p.m. tip-off against UC Santa Barbara (14-12, 8-5 BWC) on Saturday. The Titans will then honor their senior class against rival Long Beach State on Wednesday.
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OPPONENTS & HISTORY
UC Santa Barbara | 6:00 p.m. (PT)| Saturday, Feb. 27 | Titan Gym
ESPN3 | PXP: Steve Quis | Analyst: Casey Jacobsen | Sideline: Sanaz Tavassol
The Gauchos (14-12, 8-5) have won a season-high five straight games, and have not trailed in any of their last three.
Head-To-Head: The Titans and the Gauchos will meet for the 82nd time in program history and UC Santa Barbara leads the all-time series 44-37. The Gauchos have won the last four games against the Titans.
Last Meeting: Despite taking a seven-point lead into halftime, Cal State Fullerton was outscored 54-34 by UC Santa Barbara in the second half after the Gauchos shot 66.7 percent from the field to defeat the Titans 81-68 on Feb. 6.
UCSB was led offensively by Michael Bryson who poured in 25 points, while narrowly missing a double-double with nine rebounds. He also dished out a game-high seven assists. Gabe Vincent also turned in a 20-point effort, while Eric Childress rounded out the double-figure scoring for the Gauchos with 13 points.
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AHMAD BREAKS RECORD
Freshman Khalil Ahmad has surpassed Bobby Brown's freshman season scoring record of 369 points set in 2004. The record held for 12 years until Ahmad's first bucket at Long Beach State on Saturday night. Ahmad has scored 398 points this season and has started in all 14 Big West Conference games for Cal State Fullerton. During that time, he has averaged 16.6 points per game to lead the Titans. He is the top scoring freshman in the Big West Conference averaging 14.7 ppg.
ON A SLIDE
Cal State Fullerton snapped a five-game losing streak with a 78-77 victory at Cal Poly on Thursday night. The Titans have endured one six-game skid and two five-game losing streaks during the year.
In his last six games, Malcolm Brooks is averaging a team-leading 14.8 points per game, scoring in double figures for six consecutive contests.
LAST TIME OUT
Tre' Coggins led a trio of Titans in double figures as the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team survived a last-second attempt by Cal Poly to hold on for the 78-77 victory at Mott Athletics Center on Thursday night.
With the win, Fullerton (10-17, 3-11 BWC) snapped a five-game slide and won its first road game since Jan. 7, although the Titans remain in last place (ninth) in the Big West Conference standings with two games to play.
Coggins led the Titans with an 18-point effort knocking down four three-pointers and helping the Titans to a season-best shooting night from the floor at 54.7 percent (29-of-53) and three-point range (.533; 8-of-15).
Freshman Khalil Ahmad poured in 16 points, while Malcolm Brooks added 15. Sophomore forward Jamar Akoh scored eight points and led the Titans with eight rebounds and a game and career-high seven assists.
THURSDAY'S POST GAME NOTES
• The Titans set season highs in shooting percentage (.547) and three-point shooting percentage (.533).
• Jamar Akoh's seven assists not only set a career high but were the most for any Titan this year.
• All nine players scored in the game.
• CSF snapped a five-game losing streak.
• The Titans won their first road game since Jan. 7 at UC Riverside.
• Fullerton used its 14th starting lineup of the season at Cal Poly: Tim Myles, Jamar Akoh, Khalil Ahmad, Tre' Coggins and Malcolm Brooks.
Cal State Fullerton closed out the final month of the regular season playing five of its last eight games on the road. This season the Titans are 5-10 in away games. Those five road games have taken place in the last three weeks: UCSB (Feb. 6), CSUN (Feb. 10), Hawai'i (Feb. 13), Long Beach State (Feb. 20) and Cal Poly (Thursday).
ENTERING THE RECORD BOOKS
Redshirt junior guard Tre' Coggins etched his name into the Cal State Fullerton record books with a career-best performance against CSUN in which he poured in 41 points to rank second all-time in the single-game annals. He also went 17-for-17 from the free throw line to set a Big West Conference record. Coggins is the first Titan to reach 41 points since Josh Akognon did it against CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 13, 2008. With 41 points, Coggins now ties for second for most points scored in the CSF record single-game record book. He is tied with Akognon, who reached the feat twice in 2008, and sits behind Bobby Brown who tallied 47 points in 2006 against Bethune-Cookman.
Freshman guard Khalil Ahmad recorded his first double-double of his collegiate career in an 88-56 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills. Ahmad tallied 15 points as he shot 60-percent overall (6-of-10) and led the squad with a career-high 12 rebounds. Senior center Kennedy Esume notched a double-double of his own as he registered a season-high 11 points to go along with 14 rebounds against Cal State East Bay. Lionheart Leslie notched his first double-double as a Titan against Hawai'i with 17 points and 10 rebounds - both career-highs for Leslie. Most recently, Jamar Akoh made his way into the group with a double-double at UC Davis with a career-high 14 points to go along with 10 boards. The sophomore forward recorded his second double-double of the year scoring 12 points and adding 11 rebounds in a 75-67 loss at CSUN.
CLEANING UP THE GLASS
The Titans' post players did a solid job of cleaning up the glass against UC Davis on Feb. 4. The trio of Kennedy Esume, Jamar Akoh and Tim Myles combined for 32 rebounds as they helped Cal State Fullerton out-rebound Davis 51-33 in a contest in which the Titan defense held the Aggies to just 22 percent shooting in the second half. On the year, Akoh is leading the Titans with an average of 6.2 rebounds per game.
TITAN TEAM NOTES
• Fullerton's .547 shooting percentage and .533 three-point field goal percentage both set season highs at Cal Poly.
• Sophomore forward Jamar Akoh dished seven assists - a Titan season high and new career high - at Cal Poly.
• Fullerton's 57 points scored at Long Beach State set a new season low.
• The first half vs. UC Irvine on Feb. 17 contained the Titans most productive first 20 minutes of basketball during the season as the CSUF matched season bests with points (42) and assists (11) and set season highs in field goal percentage (.571) and 3-pointers made (7).
• On the flip side, against the Anteaters, the Titans allowed the most points (96), most field goals made (34), highest field goal percentage (.607), most 3-pointers (13), highest 3-point field goal percentage (.542) and assists (27) for an opponent this season.
• The freshmen duo of Khalil Ahmad and Kyle Allman Jr., led the Titans at UC Irvine on Jan. 20, combining for 37 of the team's 59 points (nearly 63 percent). The pair have combined for 541 points on the year.
• The Titans have suffered through three losing streaks this season after having dropped five games in a row from Dec. 6 - Dec. 29, then falling in six straight games from Jan. 9 - Jan. 30, while its latest streak dated from Feb. 6-20.
• Junior forward Rashard Todd has decided to leave the team.• Redshirt senior guard Lanerryl Johnson has decided to leave the team.
BWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - TIMES TWO
Tre' Coggins has been named Big West Player of the Week on two occasions this season.
Coggins collected his second honor after posting a career-best 41 points against CSUN to rank second in the Cal State Fullerton single-game record book, while becoming the first Titan in eight years to reach the 40-point plateau.
Additionally, Coggins tied a Big West single-game free throw percentage record as he connected on all 17 attempts. He is just the second player in league history to accomplish such a feat. He finished the week shooting 95.7 percent (22-of-23) from the free throw line.
Most recently, ESPN selected the Titans home game against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, to be televised on ESPN3. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
The Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team is scheduled to make a total of 11 television appearances during the 2015-16 season.
The breakdown includes seven appearances via ESPN3, two on the Pac-12 Network and two on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.
BIG WEST BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ALL-SESSION TICKETS ON SALE
All-session school reserved tickets will be available for $69.00. These seats will be located within a school's section and can be purchased through each institution's box office.
Premium all-session tickets located in the first four rows of seating will be available for $149.00. General admission all-session tickets are also available for $69.00. These seats can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000.
Fans can call the Cal State Fullerton ticket office to purchase all-session tickets as well at: 657-279-CSUF.
The 2016 Big West Tournament will be hosted for the sixth straight year at Honda Center in Anaheim. The men's tournament begins on Thursday, March 10 at Honda Center with four quarterfinal games. The semifinals and championship games for both the men and women will take place Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at Honda Center.
Additional ticket information for the 2016 Big West Basketball Tournament is available at HondaCenter.com. For up to date team schedules and general information regarding the 2016 Big West Basketball Tournament, please visit BigWestTournament.com.
ON DECK FOR THE TITANS
Fullerton ends the regular season hosting Long Beach State at Titan Gym on Wednesday, March 2.