Road Swing Starts at UCI

Jan. 4, 2011

Irvine, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
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., Prime Ticket TV
Thur., Jan. 13 -- at Cal Poly, Mott Gym (3,032), 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 15 -- at Cal State Northridge, The Matadome (1,600), 7:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (5-9, 1-1) play their next four games on the road after splitting a pair of home Big West Conference games with UC Davis and Pacific. The front line rotation again will be rearranged due to a one-game suspension of emerging star Andre Hardy for "fighting" vs. Pacific on Dec. 30.

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: Wednesday's game will be videotaped for delay broadcast on Cox Cable in the South Orange County area. Saturday's game at UC Riverside will be televised by Prime Ticket. Ron Pitts (play-by-play), Michael Cage (analyst) and Crystina Poncher (sideline) are the talent. ALL Big West Conference 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. 8.7 5.8a Leads Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.26 to 1; was second in nation
G 3 Devon Peltier* 5-11 Sr. 12.6 1.8r Career-high 24 points at USD; beats Pacific with trey at 00.4
G 14 Orlando Brown 6-1 Jr. 4.1 3.6r Made first field goal in five games vs. Pacific
F 15 Orane Chin* 6-7 Jr. 15.4 5.9r Scored career-high 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting at Portland State
C 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson* 6-6 Sr. 14.7 5.3r Mr. Consistent: 6 of 12 from the floor in each of past three games
OFF THE BENCH:
G 11 Roger Guardia 6-4 Sr. 2.7 2.3r Season-high 14 pts. vs. USD, made all four 3-point attempts; started at UofA
G 13 Isiah Umipig 6-1 Fr. 5.9 1.4r Scored 13 of season-high 15 points in first half vs. Occidental
G 32 Eric Williams* 6-3 Sr. 0.8 1.2r 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. 3.2 2.2r Got third start of season vs. Occidental
SUSPENDED:
F 0 Andre Hardy 6-6 Jr. 15.7 9.7r Twice a rebound shy of double-doubles in back-to-back starts vs. Davis, UoP
*letters earned

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LAST GAME: The Titans beat Pacific for the first time in three years and only the seventh time in the last 31 meetings with a strong defensive effort, 54-51. But after leading by 12 at the half, by 19 early in the second half and by 12 with 5:16 to play, they needed a 3-point basket by Devon Peltier with 00.4 on the clock to nullify a closing 12-0 run by the Tigers.

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 128-101 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 9-6 vs. UC Irvine and 4-3 in the Bren Center.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 66-31 (.680) 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 the Dec. 22 loss to Montana. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 291-165 (.638). 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).

SECOND-HALF DEFENSIVE WOES: Titan opponents are averaging 33 points in the first half and 40 in the second half. At USC (49), at Montana (52), at Portland State (51) and vs. UC Davis (52) have been the biggest explosions. Only twice (CSU Bakersfield - 46 and 29 on Nov. 27; USD - 39 and 37 on Dec. 4) has an opponent scored fewer points in the second half than the first. On Dec. 30, Pacific managed a Fullerton-opponent season's low of 19 points in the first half (with a 2-0 headstart before the tip) but erupted for 32 in the second half.

ABOUT THE ANTEATERS: UC Irvine is 6-8, 0-1 after home losses last week to UC Riverside (73-68) and Loyola Marymount (87-80). Junior forward Eric Wise is the inside star, averaging 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Darren Moore (16.7 ppg) and Patrick Rembert (11.5 ppg) are the top threats from the perimeter. UCI leads the Big West in scoring (75.4 ppg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.379) as well as field-goal percentage defense (.409).

SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton leads it, 49-41, and has won 7 of the past 9 meetings. Fullerton is 13-11 in the Bren Center.

KEY STATISTIC: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponent five times this year and the first four occurrences 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 in a 76-48 home win on Dec. 18 vs. Occidental. Fullerton outrebounded the much taller UC Davis Aggies on Dec. 28, 36-33, but lost to superior 3-point shooting.

PROTECTING THE BALL: Fullerton committed only 3 turnovers in the win over Pacific, the lowest number in the Bob Burton Era and possibly a school record. The previous low for a Burton team was 7 (on 8 occasions). In records dating back to the 1982-83 season, the previous low was 4 vs. UC Irvine in 1988-89 and vs. San Jose State in 1987-88.

LINEUP DIVERSITY: In 14 games, the Titans have utilized 10 different starting lineups, due in great part to the delayed arrivals of Jer'Vaughn Johnson and Andre Hardy, not to mention the absence of any returning starters other than Johnson from 2009-10.

TITAN PLAYER THUMBNAILS:

Orlando Brown - playing time has diminished with returns of first Jer'Vaughn Johnson and now Andre Hardy... did not start for first time at Arizona... averaged 29 minutes over first six games vs. 12 minutes over last eight games with TOTAL of 10 points and 15 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 18+ points against everyone else... played small forward last year and started there for first time this year vs. Oxy.

Roger Guardia - after averaging 19 minutes over five games between Nov. 30 to Dec. 18, has played a total of only 20 minutes in last three 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 - in first three games since returning from ankle surgery is averaging almost a double-double at 15.7 ppg and 9.7 rpg... his suspension for the UCI game for "fighting" vs. Pacific has been appealed to the NCAA... after a rusty first half vs. Montana on Dec. 22 (in first game action since March, 2009, in 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... almost did it again vs. UC Davis with team-high 19 points and 9 rebounds in a starting role and had 17 points and 9 boards vs. Pacific before being ejected for "fighting" with 2:57 to play, a call that was appealed all the way to the NCAA.

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... has been most consistent Titan player... in last three games has gone exactly 6-of-12 from the floor each night for 15, 15 and 12 points... made all 7 shots and all 5 free throws in 19-point game at Portland State before fouling out with 1:16 to play... shot only .405 (17 for 42) vs. USC and Montana but .702 (40 for 57) against all others)... would lead the Big West in field-goal percentage (.576) but needs to play two more games to qualify.

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 - has not played in last two games... 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 6.6 points (11-for-35 FGs, 7-for-22 treys) over last five games after averaging 16 points over first 9 games... but hit game-winning trey in final second to beat Pacific on Dec. 30... 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 Dec. 22.

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... started again at point vs. UC Davis but picked up two quick fouls and ended up scoreless.

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 five of the 14 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 4.26 to 1.0 (81 to 19)... began week third in the nation (leader is Tyler Newbold of Utah State at 4.70 to 1)... 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... started again on Dec. 28 vs. UC Davis.

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