UC Davis Visits for Opener of 5-Game Homestand

Feb. 12, 2008

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Thurs., Feb. 14 -- UC Davis, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 -- Pacific, Titan Gym (4,000), 4:05 p.m. -- Homecoming Game and FSN TV
Thurs., Feb. 23 -- ESPNU Bracket Buster, vs. Portland State, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:30 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (15-7, 8-3) play their next five games in Titan Gym -- four of them Big West Conference matches down the stretch -- and find themselves half a game out of first place. A key match-up looms Saturday in co-leader Pacific (17-6, 8-2), but first they must take care of business with UC Davis (8-15, 2-8). The Titans are 8-3 in conference play for only the fourth time (1982-83, 1984-85 and 2006-07). Only in 1982-83 did they advance to 9-3 (on the way to best conference mark ever of 12-4).

AUDIO: All Titan games can be heard live on the internet on computers with sound cards. Listeners may access the CSF Athletics home page at www.fullertontitans.com and follow the links. Todd Reeves will call the UC Davis game and Justin Alderson will handle the Pacific game.

VIDEO: All Titan home games and road Big West Conference games are available via videostreaming 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
F 2 Scott Cutley* 6-5 Sr. 13.7 7.6r In Big West Top Ten in scoring, rebunding, assists, FG pct., and minutes
F 34 Marcus Morgan* 6-5 Jr. 5.7 6.2r Career highs of 13 points at Arizona, 11 rebounds at Saint Mary's
G 1 Josh Akognon 6-1 Jr. 19.9 3.4r Nearing CSF single-season record for 3-pt. field goals; but 2-for-last 21
G 22 Ray Reed* 5-11 Sr. 4.5 1.5a Has made 13 of last 21 FGAs; had 7 assists at CP
F 5 Frank Robinson** 6-4 Sr. 16.0 6.8r Made 8-of-13 treys on last week's road trip
OFF THE BENCH:
C 21 Kenneth Alexander* 6-6 Sr. 3.4 2.2r Career-high 17 pts. off the bench at Southern Utah
C 42 Andrew Green* 6-6 Sr. 3.5 2.7r Grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes at UC Riverside
G 11 Marcio Lassiter 6-2 Jr. 3.3 0.5a Career-high 17 points in career-high 25 minutes vs. UCR
C 13 Eddie Lima 6-9 Jr. 1.9 1.5r Has played only 8 minutes over last 17 games
QUESTIONABLE:
G 54 Marcus Crenshaw* 5-10 Jr. 10.1 2.2a Concussion at Cal Poly after 9 points; had 23 at UCSB
SUSPENDED:
G 15 Junior Russell 5-6 Jr. 6.1 2.6a Scored 13 of his 16 points vs. UCR in final 5 minutes
*letters earned

SERIES HISTORIES: The Titans lead the series with UC Davis, 7-1, after an 88-66 win in Davis on Jan. 19. Fullerton is 3-0 vs. the Aggies in Titan Gym. The Titans trail in the UoP series, 42-32, after an 89-82 loss in Stockton on Jan. 17. The Titans swept three games last season. Fullerton has a 22-12 advantage in Titan Gym after stopping a 7-year losing streak at home with a 76-70 victory on Jan. 6, 2007.

ABOUT THE AGGIES: The Aggies (8-15, 2-8) have lost six games in a row beginning with an 88-66 home loss to Fullerton on Jan. 19. They are 1-10 away from The Pavilion. Vince Oliver (12.7 ppg) and Shane Hanson (10.3 ppg) are the leading scorers and Mark Payne (5.2 rbp) is the top rebounder.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: The Tigers (17-6, 8-2) play at UC Irvine on Thursday night. They are coming off a weekend sweep of Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State and have won three games in a row since a home loss to Cal Poly on Jan. 28. Steffan Johnson (15.3 ppg), Chad Troyer (12.9 ppg) and Anthony Brown (11.0 ppg) are the offensive leaders. Brown leads the rebounders at 7.3 rpg. UoP shoots 49 percent from the floor and holds opponents to 42 percent.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 83-58 in his fifth year at Cal State Fullerton and career. At .589, Burton has again edged ahead of Bobby Dye (109-78, .583) as the winningest coach in Titan history. He is the only Fullerton coach with a winning conference record, currently at 41-34 (.547). Dye was 37-37. Burton is 6-1 vs. UC Davis and Gary Stewart, 3-0 in Titan Gym. Burton is 3-7 vs. Pacific and Bob Thomasson, 1-3 in Titan Gym.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 44-17 (.721) in Titan Gym including 7-2 this season.

THESE 30 ROAD WINS MUCH QUICKER: Under Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past three seasons plus this season to date, they are 36-30 (.545) away from Titan Gym. 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 39-41 (.488).

LIVE AND DIE BY THE THREE: The Titans shoot .407 from behind the 3-point line. In their 15 wins they have shot .435 compared to .344 in the 7 losses. The only two losses where they shot above .420 were the Wright State (.423) and at UCSB (.435) games. They have won six times when shooting below .420 -- .407 vs. Cal State L.A., .333 vs. Montana, .381 at UC Riverside, .333 vs. UCR, remarkably .167 at Cal State Northridge and .350 at Cal Poly.

IRON MAN CUTLEY: The Titans' returning first-team All-Big West Conference senior forward Scott Cutley returned to the practice floor during Thanksgiving weekend, came off the bench at Arizona and started at Montana, six weeks after suffering a fractured right ankle. Last season he missed only one game despite a broken thumb. At Northridge on Feb. 2 he had to be helped from the floor after being knocked into the basketball support late in the first half. During the second half he had to leave the gym a couple of times due to stomach flu and scored only 5 points and had only 2 rebounds. But 4 of the points and one offensive rebound came in the final 2:45, when he also battled a leg cramp. He began this week ranked No. 2 in the Big West in rebounding at 7.6 rpg per game, No. 9 in scoring at 13.7 points per game, No. 7 in assists at 2.63 per game, No. 6 in field goal percentage at .493 and No. 3 in minutes played at 32.84 per game. He posted three consecutive double-doubles vs. Central Michigan, Southern Utah and Montana and just missed a triple-double vs. the Thunderbirds. He has scored in double figures in every start except at Saint Mary's (8 points) and vs. UC Riverside (6 points). He is 27-for-36 (.750) at the foul line over the last 7 games. Prior to that he was 26-for-53 (.491).

AKOGNON LIKES THE TEMPO: Josh Akognon is moving in -- more slowly of late -- on Cal State Fullerton's single-season record for 3-point field goals (89 by Don Leary in 1992-93) with 77 in his 21 games (3.67 per game to lead the Big West). At his current pace he would hit No. 90 in game No. 25 on Feb. 23 vs. Portland State. He has made four or more in a game 12 times with a best of seven on three occasions. The Washington State transfer led the Cougars in scoring in 2005-06 and made just under two treys per game while averaging 10.3 points. He began the week the Big West leader in free-throw percentage (.934 on 71 of 76) and he is the No. 3 scorer at 19.9 ppg. At Saint Mary's he grabbed a career-high 9 rebounds and he had 7 at Northridge on Feb. 2 and at Cal Poly on Feb. 9. Over his last 3 games he has made only 2 of 21 treys. He had a similar slump (final 35 minutes of Cal Poly game and vs. UCSB on Jan. 10 & 12) where he made only 2 of 20. But in between he made 14 of 30 in his next 3 games. He has scored 30 points or more four times.

ROBINSON REBOUNDS: Frank Robinson regained his 3-point shooting touch about the time Akognon lost his. Frank is 11-for-23 (.478) over the last four games and was selected Big West player of the week on Feb. 4. With 127 3-pointers he is No. 10 on the Titans' career list. Tied for No. 8 are Joe Small and Jermaine Harper at 130. Since sitting out the Dec. 17 Southern Utah game with an ankle injury, he has played consistently well. He began the week No. 4 in scoring (16.0 ppg) and No. 4 in rebounding (6.8) in the Big West Conference. He's had three double-doubles -- at Central Michigan with 15 points and 10 rebounds; vs. UCI with 17 points and 10 rebounds and at CSUN with 14 points and 10 boards -- and been one rebound shy of three more. He needs only 10 more points to become the 18th Titan to score 1,000 points. (Counting his freshman year at East Carolina he already has 1,090 for his total career).

MORGAN SHINES IN TOUGHEST SPOTS: Marcus Morgan has had his best statistical games against the tougher opponents this season. At Arizona he scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while playing solid defense. At Saint Mary's he had another strong defensive game and had 7 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. His biggest play of the year was blocking the potential game-winning layup by Montana's Andrew Strait with one second left in regulation on Dec. 20. He has made 13 of 16 (.813) free throws since going 0-for-5 vs. UC Irvine on Jan. 4. He has had double-digit rebound totals 3 times.

CRENSHAW ADAPTS TO NEW ROLE: Junior guard Marcus Crenshaw, the Big West Conference's Sixth Man of the Year in 2006-07, continued to provide an offensive spark off the bench before being thrust into the starting lineup on Feb. 7 due to the suspension of Junior Russell. At UCSB on Feb. 7 he matched his career high with 23 points -- 21 in the second half -- and had 9 early in the second half at Cal Poly when he was hit in the nose and suffered a concussion which sidelined him for the balance of the game. He ranks as the Titans' No. 4 scorer at 10.1 points per game. He earlier started at Montana and Central Michigan after 31 consecutive appearances off the bench. He also started his first three games as a Titan in November of 2006 when the roster was short three suspended players. With 138 3-point baskets as a Titan, he has moved into the No. 6 spot on the Titans' career list. At No. 5 is Richard Morton at 140. In Big West games, he is 9-for-16 (.563) at home and 18-for-44 (.409) on the road.

RUSSELL SUSPENDED: Point guard Junior Russell was suspended indefinitely on Feb. 6 for a violation of team rules. He has been a Jekyl-Hyde scorer this season. He has scored 9 or more points 6 times and had 3 or less on 10 occasions. Three times he scored 16 points -- at Central Michigan, vs. Cal Poly and vs. UC Riverside on Jan. 23 when he scored 13 of them in the final five minutes. He had a season-high 5 steals vs. UCSB. He has the best 3-point field goal percentage on the team at .531 (17 of 32). In conference games he is 11-for-18 (.611).

REED STEPS UP: Senior guard Ray Reed has stepped up his play of late. He had a season's second-best of 10 points at Cal Poly to go with season's highs of 7 assists and 25 minutes. His 6-for-7 effort at the line at Cal Poly was a Titan career best. He is averaging 7.2 points over the last five games while shooting .619 (13-for-21) from the floor.

MARCIO = OFFENSE: Like Marcus Crenshaw, Marcio Lassiter has provided an offensive spark off the bench. The transfer from San Francisco City College scored 9 points in 11 minutes at Montana, 8 points in 19 minutes vs. Montana and 11 points in 10 minutes vs. Furman. He got a season-high 17 points in a season-high 25 minutes vs. UCR in the absence of Josh Akognon, making 5-of-9 shots, 3-of-6 from the arc.

TITANS LEAD IN BIG WEST ROAD WINS: CSF has 5 -- at Davis, UCR, Long Beach, CSUN and Cal Poly; CSUN has 4 -- at UCSB, Cal Poly, UCR and Davis; UCSB has 3 -- at CSF, Cal Poly and UCR; UoP has 3 -- at Long Beach, UCSB and Davis; UCI has 2 -- at Long Beach and UCSB; Long Beach has 1 -- at Davis; and Cal Poly has 1 - at UoP. The visiting teams are 19-26 this season.

TOUGH FIELD: Cal State Fullerton will represent the Big West Conference in the 2008 Anaheim Classic on Thanksgiving Weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ESPN-televised tourney will feature an even stronger field than the inaugural event of 2007 with Wake Forest, Arkansas, Providence, Arizona State, UTEP, Baylor and UNC-Charlotte signed to join the Titans.

HOMECOMING: Festivities begin with a 1 p.m. Chalk Talk (by Associate Head Coach Andy Newman) and Alumni Association annual report. The national champion dance team, cheer squad and Tuffy Titan will appear at the event free to Alumni Assn. and Titan Athletics Club members. At 2 pm. there is a bar-b-q and athletics equipment "garage sale" and student activity booths. The cost is \$25 including a game ticket (\$15 for season ticket holders). During halftime of the UoP game, the 30-year anniversary of the Titans' "Elite Eight" NCAA Tournament team from 1977-78 will be saluted. Confirmed participants include Greg Bunch, Keith Anderson, George Barris, Tommy Morgan, Steve Shaw, Daryl Roper, Jeffery Williams, Steve McCarthy and Coaches Bobby Dye and Mel Sims.

30-POINT VICTORIES: The Titans have won three games by 30 or more points (Southern Utah, Furman and at UC Riverside) this season and nine (one on the road) in Coach Bob Burton's four-plus year tenure. By comparison, predecessors Donny Daniels had one 30-or-more-point win in three seasons, Bob Hawking had four (one on the road) in six seasons, Brad Holland had none in two seasons, John Sneed had one in four seasons, George McQuarn had 10 (one on the road) in eight seasons and Bobby Dye had seven (two on the road) in six seasons. The list of road Div. I era 30-point wins: 101-69 at Cal State Bakersfield on 1/3/76; 87-56 at Cal State Northridge on 11/27/76; 90-60 at Hawaii on 11/27/83; 89-57 at UC Irvine on 1/25/97; and 77-47 at UC Riverside on 1/7/08.

FALL SIGNEES: The Titans signed two incoming players during the November signing period -- Aaron Thompson, a 6-4, 205-pound junior wing from Cerritos College and previously of Washington High School in L.A.; and Jacques Streeter, a 6-foot, 175-pound point guard at Finley Prep School in Las Vegas and previously at Fremont High School in L.A.