Pacific Northwest Beckons as Titans Take on Two in Washington
TIP OFF: After finally lifting the lid on its home schedule with a dominating victory, the streaking Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team (3-2 overall) re-packs its bags for yet another road trip to start the 2012-13 season, heading to the Pacific Northwest this weekend for a pair of games in the Evergreen State. Riding a three-game winning streak, the Titans take on Eastern Washington on Friday (Nov. 30) at 6:05 p.m., in Cheney, Wash., before heading to Seattle, Wash., to take on the University of Washington on Sunday (Dec. 2) at 4 p.m. in a Pac-12 Network televised contest.
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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!: Cal State Fullerton will be making its second appearance on some sort of television broadcast this season and its second showing on the Pac-12 Network following a season-opening match-up at Stanford on Nov. 12. The Titans are 19-16 on television over the last seven-plus seasons -- including a 6-1 mark during the 2007-08 campaign -- and are scheduled to make at least five more TV appearances this season with the possibility of three more at the end of the year.
STRAIGHT FROM THE COACH'S MOUTH: Fans can preview the 2012-13 men's basketball season as the Cal State Fullerton sports information staff sat down with Interim Head Coach Andy Newman to talk about the upcoming campaign. View the video, shot in stunning HD by Matt Brown, on Cal State Fullerton's Official YouTube page at www.YouTube.com/CSFAthletics.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?: Thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet, Cal State Fullerton's home games, as well as selected road contests, can be heard live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. Both of this weekend's contests from Washington will be broadcast.
TITANS WITH AN "ASSIST" ON THANKSGIVING: The Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team has much to be thankful for and, with the holiday season upon us, the Titan players, coaches, and staff took a moment out of their busy schedules to give back to those less fortunate on Thanksgiving morning.
Working in conjunction with The Cheesecake Factory for its 10th annual event, the Titans worked alongside other volunteers at the Salvation Army's Anaheim Temple Corps Community Center, serving up a full-service, sit-down meal for approximately 500 people.
The complete story, along with photos from the event, is available here: http://www.fullertontitans.com/sports/m-baskbl/2012-13/releases/20121127ay8cwk.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Eastern Washington enters the week with a 1-5 overall record, splittling last weekend's contests with USC Upstate (W, 75-70) and Santa Clara (L, 89-74)... the win over USC Upstate snapped a season-opening four-game losing streak... junior guard Justin Crosgile leads the team in scoring at 14.2 ppg and is averaging 6.5 assists per game... Crosgile is one of four Eagles in double figures: freshman forward Venky Jois (12.2 ppg), senior forward Collin Chiverton (11.0 ppg), Martin Seiferth (10.0 ppg)... Jois and Seiferth have been beasts inside, averaging 8.2 and 7.0 rebounds per game, respectively... Seiferth leads the team, shooting .625 from the field and blocking 19 shots... four of the Eagles' five losses this year have come by double digits.
HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH EASTERN WASHINGTON: The Titans have won four of the five all-time meetings with the Eagles, including a 91-76 win at home last season on Dec. 11... Fullerton is 1-1 all-time in Cheney, Wash., winning the first meeting on Dec. 10, 2004, by a 70-68 score in overtime before falling in a shootout, 110-100, on Nov. 27, 2006... the teams played in four-straight years from 2003-07 before last season's meeting... the Titans won the first-ever meeting, 77-70, on Dec. 13, 2003, at home.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Washington enters the week with a 2-3 record and faces Saint Louis on Wednesday (Nov. 28) before hosting the Titans... the Huskies have lost back-to-back games since beating Seton Hall on Nov. 17, falling to Ohio State (77-66) and Colorado State (73-55)... the loss to the Rams opened a four-game homestand that also features a match-up with Nevada on Dec. 8... junior guard C.J. Wilcox leads a quartet of double-digit scorers for Washington, averaging 18.0 points and shooting .467 from the field this season... senior guard Abdul Gaddy (14.6 ppg), seven-foot senior center Aziz N'Diaye (10.8 ppg, 11.0 rpg), and seniro guard Scott Suggs (10.3) are also in double figures... the hot-shooting Huskies are making just under 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range, but just 68 percent from the line.
HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH WASHINGTON: The two programs have not met in more than two decades since the Titans won the only meeting with the Huskies, 75-55, on Dec. 19, 1986, at Titan Gym.
CONFERENCE CALL: Cal State Fullerton is an even 29-29 against current Big Sky Conference members including 1-0 this season after a 112-69 win over league newcomer Southern Utah earlier this season... the Titans have won four-straight against the Big Sky dating to an, 84-79, loss to Idaho State on Feb. 19, 2011... Fullerton is 7-34 against the current Pac-12 Conference alignment, including 0-1 this year after a 81-68 loss to Stanford to open the season on Nov. 12... the Titans are 3-7 in their last 10 against the current conference alignment.
"PAC"-ING THEIR BAGS: Sunday's game at Washington will be the 15th consecutive road contest against the current Pac-12 alignment dating back to a home contest against Utah on Nov. 30, 1996. In that span, the Titans are just 3-11 vs. the Pac-12 in those 14 previous road games.
TITANS' OFFENSE AMONG NATION'S BEST: According to ESPN.com, Cal State Fullerton is the top offense in the nation (as of Nov. 27), leading the nation in scoring at 91.2 ppg and assists per game at 19.8 apg while ranking second nationally in field goal percentage (.538) and standing as the only team in the nation to average better than 90 points per contest thus far this season. According to the NCAA website, the Titans are also second in the country in three-point percentage (.473) and three-pointers made per game (3rd - 10.6) entering this week's contests while also ranking among the top 50 in three-point defense (24th - .257), scoring margin (29th - 16.8 ppg), free throw percentage (31st - .762), and steals per game (37th - 9.8 spg). Individually, senior Sammy Yeager ranks 7th in the NCAA in three-point percentage (.583).
PLAYING FROM AHEAD: The Titans have not trailed in each of their last two contests against Green Bay and San Diego Christian (save for a combined 1:02 of game time when they were tied) and in their last 118:29 of on the clock overall overall dating back to their win over Southern Utah on Nov. 17 when senior Sammy Yeager gave his team a 4-3 lead it would not relinquish with a jumper at the 18:29 mark of the first half after the Thunderbirds had taken a 3-2 lead and held the advantage for a grand total of 46 seconds.
CENTURY CITY: Fullerton's 106 points against San Diego Christian College marked the second time this season that the Titans have reached triple digits on the scoreboard -- the fourth time in the last six seasons that they have accomplished that feat. Fullerton hasn't scored a 100 points in three games in a single season since the 2006-07 campaign when the Titans reached the century mark four times.
ALRIGHT, YOU'VE MADE YOUR POINT: With their win over San Diego Christian, the Titans improved to 53-1 all-time when scoring at least 100 points as the 106 points rank among the top 20 point totals in school history. Earlier this season, Cal State Fullerton's 112 points in a 43-point win over Southern Utah on Nov. 17 is tied for the sixth-highest point total in school history and the most for the Titans since they put up 118 points against Redlands just over a year ago to the day on Nov. 11, 2011. The record stands at 128 points against Chapman University on Jan. 8, 1972, in a 128-88 victory.
NOT HALF BAD: Fullerton's 56 points in the first half against San Diego Christian marked the second-high single-half point total for the Titans this season, trailing only the 57-point first half against Southern Utah. Fullerton has scored 50 points in a half four times this season, reaching the mark in both periods against the Thunderbirds and Hawks.
THAT'S WHAT MARQUIS HORNE IS ALL ABOUT: With a nod to the popular hamburger chain, junior forward Marquis Horne became the first Titan to notch a double-double this season, hitting 7-of-10 from the field en route to a 15-point, 10-rebound night against San Diego Christian College on Nov. 23. The totals set new career-bests in all three categories for the Salt Lake City College transfer, who scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and grabbed seven of his 10 rebounds on the offensive glass.
REAL STEAL REDUX: After scouring the record books, we were able to come up with another nugget for the Titans' 20-steal performance against Southern Utah on Nov. 17, as the total marked the most for the Fullerton defense since a 27-steal night against Lamar on Nov. 24, 1989, as part of a, 104-67, victory. The 20 swipes against Southern Utah were the most for a member of the Big West since Cal State Northridge finished with 24 swipes against Redlands on Nov. 15, 2006 and, of those 20 steals against the Thunderbirds, senior D.J. Seeley finished with nearly a third of the team's total as his career-high seven steals were just two shy of the school's single game record set by Cedric Ceballos against San Jose State on Jan. 19, 1989.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING!!: With its win over San Diego Christian last week, the Titans extended their home court winning streak to 13 consecutive contests dating back to a, 73-66, loss to CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 26 of last season.
BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE...: With their loss at Nevada on Nov. 16, the Titans have lost their last four true road games (including 0-2 entering this weekend) dating to last year's one-point win on the road at Pacific (69-68) on Feb. 23 in Stockton, Calif.
I'VE GOT A FEVER...: And the only cure is more points. Firing on all cylinders offensively during their current three-game winning streak, the Titans are averaging a feverish 103.7 points per game as a team while shooting just under 59 percent from the floor in victories over Southern Utah, Green Bay, and San Diego Christian, led by D.J. Seeley's 20.7 ppg that paces a quartet of Titans in double figures. Contrast those numbers with Fullerton's two losses this year where the Titans are averaging 72.5 ppg (to the opposition's 80.5 ppg) despite shooting just about even with their opponents from the floor (.453 to .455) overall and much better (.419 to .222) from three-point range.
#BULLSEYE: The marksmanship medal should go to the Titans early on in the 2012-13 season as Fullerton is far-and-away the Big West Conference's best in field goal percentage (.538 to Pacific's .473) and three-point percentage (.473 to UC Davis' .388) while ranking second in free throw percentage (.762 to Cal State Northridge's .789) entering the week. The Titans also lead the league with 53 made three-pointers overall (UC Irvine is second with 51) and 10.60 made per game (UC Davis is second with 8.67 pg).
BRANDON'S BACK?: After slogging through a bit of a slump during the Titans' trip to Reno, freshman Jared Brandon regained his stroke against San Diego Christian, finishing with a career-high 16 points on 6-of-9 from the field -- including a trio of three-pointers -- and grabbing four rebounds. The 16 points were five more than he scored in games against Nevada, Southern Utah, and Green Bay combined. Brandon ranks fifth on the team at 8.0 ppg and is shooting 54 percent from the floor while standing tied for second on the team with eight steals.
I CAN'T DRIVE 55?: But the Titans CAN shoot better than 50... percent that is. Of the eight Titans averaging more than 15 minutes per game this season, seven of them are shooting better than 50 percent from the floor overall and three are ranked among the Big West's top 15 in field goal percentage entering the week: Sammy Yeager (3rd - .585), Kwame Vaughn (8th - .549), and Alex Harris (15th - .515).
D.J. GIVETH AND HE TAKETH AWAY: When not scoring, multi-faceted senior D.J. Seeley has also been doing the little things, ranking third in the conference in assists (4.80 apg) and leading the Big West in steals (2.40 spg) entering the week. Seeley is one of only two players ranked in the top 15 in the league in both categories and one of five with double-digit steals this year.
STOP! THIEF!: Aside from Seeley, three other Titans also rank among the league's top thieves this week as senior Kwame Vaughn, freshman Jared Brandon, and sophomore Alex Harris all rank in a tie for fifth with 1.60 spg.
SWEET SCORING TRIO: As goes Kwame Vaughn, D.J. Seeley, and Sammy Yeager... so go the Titans. Fullerton's "Big Three" enter the week ranked third, fourth, and fifth in the Big West Conference, respectively, in scoring with Vaughn and his 18.4 points per contest leading the way to start the year. Vaughn, Seeley, and Yeager have all reached double figures in all five of the Titans' contests this season and have accounted for nearly 60 percent of the team's 456 points (268 points combined thus far.