Titans Face 49ers on TV

Feb. 2, 2010

Long Beach, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Thur., Feb. 4 - at Long Beach State, Walter Pyramid (4,200), 8:05 p.m., ESPNU-TV
Sat., Feb. 6 - UC Riverside, Titan Gym (4,000), 6:05 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 10 - at UC Irvine, Bren Center (5,000), 7:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (10-10, 4-4) begin the second round of Big West Conference play at Long Beach State (10-11, 4-4), the pre-season favorite which has the same conference mark as Fullerton. The Titans played probably their best all-around game of the year in beating the 49ers, 85-75, in Titan Gym on Jan. 7. Todd Harris and Miles Simon are the ESPNU announcers. Fullerton is 3-0 on TV this season (at UCLA on ESPN, at UCR on FSN Net and at CSU Bakersfield on local cable).

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 link to hear Erik Pessolano and Kevin Barbarino. Titan Internet radio (www.titanradio.org) features Alex Jaich and Danny Hauger.

VIDEO: All Titan home games and road Big West Conference games are available via videostreaming, normally on a subscription basis. Details are available on the Big West website at www.bigwest.org.

PROBABLE STARTERS:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg r/apg Quick Notes
G 11 Jacques Streeter* 6-0 So. 10.6 4.8a Leads Big West in assist/turnover ratio at 2.18 overall and 2.71 BWC only
G 0 Aaron Thompson* 6-4 Sr. 11.2 5.3r Career highs of 24 points, 14 rebounds in win at Bakersfield
C 13 Bryce Webster 6-10 Jr. 7.9 4.9r Shooting .638 from floor, .881 from free-throw line but only 4 pts. last 3 gms.
F 5 Gerard Anderson* 6-6 Jr. 9.6 5.8r Averaging 13.3 pts, 6.8 rebounds in Big West play to lead team in both
F 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson 6-6 Jr. 11.4 6.2r Scored career-high 22 points at UC Santa Barbara

OFF THE BENCH:
G 3 Devon Peltier 5-11 Jr. 10.6 0.6a Has led team in scoring four times; 51-for-120 (.425) at 3-point line
F 15 Orane Chin 6-7 So. 7.4 3.5r Career highs of 23 points, 8 rebounds to key win over UC Irvine
G 21 Robbie Robinson 6-5 Jr. 2.2 1.2r Key member of Riverside City College's state championship team in `08-09
G 22 Frank Granados 5-8 Sr. 1.0 0.0a Walk-on practiced against women's team last three years
G 24 Eric Williams 6-3 Jr. 2.1 0.8a Walk-on playing quality minutes
F 33 Ray Miller* 6-8 Sr. 2.4 1.5r Led team last season with .631 field-goal percentage
F 42 Papa Guisse* 6-8 Sr. 1.1 1.5r Started 21 of team's 32 games last year

DISABLED LIST:
G 14 Jamel McGuire 6-5 Jr. 1.4 1.4a Dislocated finger in practice on Jan. 29.
*letters earned

SERIES HISTORY VS. UC LONG BEACH STATE: Long Beach State leads the most often played rivalry in Fullerton's 50-year history, 58-40, including a 10-5 edge in the Walter Pyramid. Fullerton has won four of the last five meetings including an 85-75 decision on Jan. 7 in Titan Gym. In that game the Titans led all the way and got a career-high 22 points from Gerard Anderson and 20 from Jacques Streeter. The 49ers were led by Greg Plater's 18 points off the bench.

ABOUT THE 49ers: The pre-season favorites to win the Big West title have won four of their last six since losing five in a row (capped at Fullerton) and they are 6-1 at home this season. Each of the regular starting five has won Big West player of the week honors this season -- a conference first -- including Eugene Phelps this week. T. J. Robinson is the leader in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.2) but five other players average 9.2 points or better.

THE COACH: Fullerton's Bob Burton brings a 117-87 (.574) mark into the game. He is in his seventh year. The Titans' 10-10 record has dropped his winning percentage below Bobby Dye's .583 (109-78), the school record from the 1970s. Burton is third in total victories. The late Alex Omalev had the most (139-176) followed by George McQuarn (122-117) and then Burton. Burton is 7-7 vs. the 49ers and 4-1 vs. Dan Monson (3-3, 2-1 in the Pyramid).

ROAD STRUGGLES: The Titans have struggled on the road this season (3-6 away plus 0-3 neutral = 3-9) after better than .500 play (50-42, .543 including 11-10 on neutral floors) over the previous five seasons away from Titan Gym. For perspective, in the previous 10 seasons (1994-95 thru 2003-04), Fullerton's combined road record was 30-115 (.207). With a 3-11 mark in his first season (2003-04), Coach Bob Burton's total CSF road record is currently 56-62 (.475).

TRIPPING OUT: Fullerton has endured three winless road trips this season (2-game tourney in Texas, 3-game tourney in Utah and 2-game road trip to Stockton and Santa Barbara). The Titans had ZERO winless road trips over the previous four seasons and it had seen a span of 16 road trips with at least one win since going 0-2 at Utah State and Idaho on Jan. 20 & 22, 2005.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Coach Bob Burton, the Titans are 61-25 (.709) in Titan Gym and 7-1 this year. They are 3-1 at home in Big West play, already surpassing last year's conference home win total (2-6). The Titans have won their last nine home non-conference games since a loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007. Burton's best single-season home record is 12-2 in 2006-07. The school record is 13-0 in 1982-83.

BRACKET BUSTER: The Titans drew Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, a transitioning Div. I team with a current 3-18 record, for its home ESPNU Bracket Buster game on Feb. 20. Game time to be determined. Pacific is the only Big West team to get a TV exposure.

STREAKY TEAM: The Titans have had extended stretches of brilliance and ineptitude this season. The most dramatic was the New Mexico State game, when they fell behind, 25-3; went on an extended 57-17 run to go up by 18 points only to give up an 18-6 surge to make it close. Other bad starts have been 7-30 at Utah State, 2-13 at Stephen F. Austin, 4-13 vs. Cal Poly and 10-24 vs. Cal State Northridge. Good starts have been 27-8 vs. Occidental and 17-6 vs. Cal State Bakersfield. In-game runs have included 13-0 at Pacific, 12-0 at Utah State, 11-0 and 10-0 both in the second half at UCSB, 20-3 vs. Weber State, 10-0 late at UC Davis, 10-0 early vs. Long Beach State, 13-0, 11-0 and 14-0 all in the first half vs. Occidental, 11-0 at UC Riverside and 11-0 and 12-0 in the New Mexico State rally. Conversely, 0-20 vs. NMSU, 0-12 vs. Cal State Northridge, 0-11 vs. Bakersfield and Utah State and 0-10 vs. Morehead State and Central Arkansas.

TROUBLESOME PATTERN: In three of the last four games, the Titans have trailed at the half and fallen behind by double digits in the second half only to rally and take small leads. At Pacific, they went from 14 down to 4 up but the Tigers finished the game strong to win, 80-73. At UCSB, the Titans went from 16 down to 3 up with 19 seconds left but succumbed to Orlando Johnson's tying trey and lost in overtime. At Bakersfield, they went from 11 down to 2 up with 59 seconds left, were tied, but won in overtime. Vs. UCI they led at the half, led by as many as 9 in the opening minute of the second half, fell behind by 3 but outscored UCI 13-7 over the final 5 minutes after a tie at 61.

MULTI-LEADERS: In 20 games, the Titans have had seven different scoring leaders or co-leaders with Aaron Thompson taking honors five times to lead the list (Thompson, 5; Peltier and Chin, 4; Anderson and Johnson, 3; Streeter, 2; and Webster, 1). Seven times the leader or co-leader has come off the bench.

THOMPSON 3-POINT LEADER: Despite making "only" 39 percent of his attempts in Big West Conference play, Aaron Thompson continues to lead the Big West overall in 3-point field goal percentage at .508 (30-for-59). (The NCAA requires 2.5 made 3-pt. field goals per game for its national rankings by percentage.) He made 8 in a row over a 3-game span before missing his last 3 tries vs. Long Beach State. He is only 6-for-22 (.273) over the last six games.

OTHER BIG WEST LEADERS: Through overall games of Jan. 30, the Titans led the Big West Conference in free-throw percentage (.736), field goal percentage (.451), 3-point field goals made (6.95 per game) and blocks (3.05). Jacques Streeter is No. 1 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.18.

SHORT BENCH: The Titans haven't used more than 10 players in any of their last 11 games since a lopsided loss at Utah State on Dec. 22. They have used only eight players in five of those 11 games.

PRODUCTIVE BENCH: The Titans' bench (Chin 23, Peltier 15) outscored the starting five, 38-36, vs. UC Irvine. On the season, the starters have scored 50.8 points per game while the bench has produced 22.5. In Big West play, the numbers are remarkably similar -- 52.75 to 20.0.

DEFENSE: The Titans set a season best in points allowed in consecutive games with UC Riverside scoring only 56 points on Jan. 9 and Cal Poly getting only 54 on Jan. 14. But UCSB scored a season-high 85 (with overtime) last Saturday.

FREE THROWS: Fullerton made 30 of 37 against Cal Poly on Jan. 14. The last time the Titans made as many as 30 free throws in a game was Feb. 13, 1999, when they went 38-of-46 in a 104-97 win over UC Irvine. Fullerton last attempted as many as 37 free throws on Feb. 28, 2008 (making 25-of-37) in an 82-74 loss to Cal State Northridge.

BEST IN CRUNCH TIME: At Bakersfield on Jan. 26, the Titans were 7-for-10 at the line in the first half, 13-for-15 in the second half and 9-for-10 in overtime for a total of 29-for-35. Vs. UC Irvine on Saturday, they were 9-for-12 in the final 3 minutes.

LOTTERY NUMBERS?: In a longshot statistical quirk, the team 3-point field goal stats were identical in consecutive games at Titan Gym. Both Cal State Bakersfield (Dec. 28) and Long Beach State (Jan. 7) made 7 of 21 and each time the Titans were making 10 of 26.

ANDERSON STEPS UP: Gerard Anderson has erupted with the start of Big West Conference play and leads the team in Big West scoring at 13.3 ppg and rebounding 6.8 rpg. He thrice has led the team in scoring (13 points at Davis, 22 vs. Long Beach and 20 vs. Cal Poly) and has made 36 of 67 (.537) shots including the first four treys of his career (4-for-11 after being 0-for-4 in 1 1/3 seasons). He also has made 30 of 42 (.714) free throws in conference play vs. 11-for-23 in November and December. He was 4-for-4 at Bakersfield, all in overtime.

WEBSTER ON TARGET: Despite going 1-for-10 over the last three games, center Bryce Webster has shot .688 (44-for-64) from the floor over the last 14 games. His season's FG percentage is .638. He is 20 made field goals shy of qualifying for the Big West lead (Dominic Calegari of UC Davis at .544). Webster leads the team in free-throw shooting at .881 and is three made free throw away from qualifying for the BW lead. (behind only the 887 mark for Michael Hunter of UC Irvine).

PELTIER FROM OUTSIDE: Devon Peltier has taken 166 shots this season and 120 (72 percent) have come from behind the 3-point line. He has made at least three threes in a game 10 times and four times at least five. At 3.13 treys per game, he leads in Big West Conference games only ahead of UoP's Demetrece Young (2.88) and at 2.55 is third in all games behind Stephan Gilling of Long Beach (2.71) and Michael Hunter (2.59) of UC Irvine.

PELTIER IN CRUNCH TIME: Peltier was Fullerton's go-to man on last week's road trip. At Pacific, he had only 7 points but he gave the Titans their biggest lead at 62-58 and their last lead at 64-62. At UCSB he matched his career high with 21 points including Fulleron's last seven of regulation -- two free throws to give Fullerton its first tie of the game (67-67) at 1:24; its first lead (70-69) with a trey at 0:47; and its biggest lead (72-69) with two free throws at 0:19.8 -- and its first 3 points of overtime with a trey to complete a personal 10-0 run.

FAST START: Fullerton was 3-0 to open the season for the fourth time in the Burton Era. But only in 2006-07 did the Titans made it to 4-0.

OVERTIME SUCCESS: Fullerton has won two of three overtime games this year and six of its last eight.

TV APPEARANCE: FSN West on Jan. 22 selected the Cal State Fullerton at Cal Poly men's basketball game for the Big West's Wednesday, February 24 FSN West Wild Card broadcast. The game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. (PST).

SHORT-TERM EXPERIENCE: Despite five returning lettermen, the Titans have no players remaining on the roster who suited up during the 2007-08 Big West Conference championship and NCAA Tournament season. Jacques Streeter (32), Gerard Anderson (29), Papa Guisse (21), Aaron Thompson (16) and Ray Miller (12) did combine for 110 starts last season.

DIV. I TRANSFERS: The Titans have two new Div. I transfers eligible this season in Orane Chin (South Florida) and Jer'Vaughn Johnson (San Diego State) plus two players who began at 4-year schools but came to Fullerton via the community college route (Bryce Webster from Minnesota via Irvine Valley and Eric Williams from Metro State in Colorado via Orange Coast). The Titans have two more Div. I transfers redshirting in Sean Williams from Syracuse and Andre Hardy from Oral Roberts. That pair brings the total of Div. I transfers to CSF to 13 in the Bob Burton Era and 36 in the program's now 35-year Div. I history.

FALL SIGNEES: Cal State Fullerton received two national letters of intent in the November signing period: &\#149; De'Andre Haskins is attending Citrus College in Azusa after playing his freshman year at Valparaiso University in Indiana. The 6-foot-4 wing player out of Long Beach Jordan HS averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Crusaders and, as a lefthander, will draw comparisons to recent Titan Frank Robinson.
&\#149; Isiah Umipig is a senior at Federal Way High School and lives in Seattle, Washington. The 6-1 point guard led his team to the Class 4A state championship in 2008-09 and was his team's leading scorer in the championship game win over Garfield, 62-54, in the Tacoma Dome with 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting. He played only 13 games his junior season due to an ankle injury. The title was the first in school history.

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