Final Road Trip North
Feb. 22, 2012
Stockton, Calif. -
Thurs., Feb. 23 -- at Pacific, Spanos Center (6,150), 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 25 -- at UC Davis, The Pavilion (7,600), 7 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 29 -- Cal State Northridge, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (18-7, 9-3) make their final road trip of the year, facing Pacific (11-15, 6-7) and UC Davis (4-23, 2-11). Last year they won at both places to earn a berth in the post-season tourney. This year they are in a fight for second place and have won four in a row and eight of nine.
WINNING SEASON: With at least five games to go, Fullerton has clinched its sixth winning season in the Bob Burton Era and the sixth in the last 19 seasons. Fullerton has won 18 games in a season for only the ninth time in school history (52nd season), the fourth time by Burton teams.
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. There will be no coverage of the Pacific or Davis games.
VIDEO: All Big West games can be viewed on computers via Big West subscription TV.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes
G 5 Kwame Vaughn 6-3 Jr. 16.0 4.1a Transfer from USF; BWC player of last week after 37-point game vs. UCSB
G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 13.6 2.8r Hit 7 of 11 3-point tries vs. UCSB, two to beat buzzers
G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. 16.2 5.2r Transfer from Cal; 0-for-4 at 3-point line last week but still at .453 pct.
F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 10.0 4.9r Transfer from South Florida; 41-for-65 FGs (.631) over last 9 games
F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 12.2 8.7r Transfer from Cal; 7th double-double at UCR after missing UCI game (ankle)
OFF THE BENCH:
F 0 Andre Hardy* 6-6 Sr. 4.9 4.5r Transfer from ORU; has missed last 8 games due to family issues; in classes
G 3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 3.2 3.1a Season-high 7 assists vs. UCI; 8-for-10 treys over last 6 games
G 10 Cameron Glover 6-0 Jr. 1.0 0.7r Transfer from Mt. San Jacinto JC
C 12 John Underwood 6-9 Jr. 1.1 1.5r Transfer from Missouri has started 3 games
G 14 Orlando Brown* 6-2 Sr. 2.1 1.2r Hit clutch trey to stop 7-0 UCI run in second half on Jan. 21
C 24 Bernard Webb 6-9 Jr. 2.0 0.6r Transfer from Salt Lake City CC played in only 7 games due to a broken foot
G 32 Chris Collins 6-4 RFr. 1.7 1.0r Sat out true freshman season last year
C 33 Sedric Martin* 6-6 Sr. 2.8 1.8r Last 3 games averaging 9.7 pg and 5.3 rpg
G 44 Jordan Knox 6-0 Jr. 0.0 0.6r Transfer from Las Positas JC in Livermore, Calif.
HOW YOU SAY IT: OHR-uhn Chin &\#149; igh-ZAY-uh YOO-muh-pig &\#149; kwah-MAY Vaughn &\#149; oh-MAHN-dee ah-MOHK-ee
LAST GAME: The Titans shot 62 percent in the first half on Saturday night and scored the first 8 points of the second half to build a 31-point lead and cruise to an 80-66 win over Montana State in the Sears Bracket Buster series. Isiah Umipig led the way with 24 points with Sedric Martin coming off the bench for a career-high 7 rebounds and 13 points.
THE COACH: Bob Burton is 152-119 in his ninth season at Cal State Fullerton and career. He has passed Alex Omalev (139-176 in 12 years) for the most CSF wins all-time. Burton's winning percentage of .561 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78).
ON THE ROAD: The Titans are a game over .500 on the road this season at 7-6. From the 2004-05 through 2009-10 seasons, Coach Burton's second thru seventh years, the Titans were 57-51 (.528) on the road. But last year they were only 4-15 away from Titan Gym. Coach Burton's current total (including 13-19 on neutral floors) is 72-84 (.462). By comparison, for the nine seasons (1994-95 thru 2002-03) prior to Burton's arrival, the combined road record was 27-104 (.206).
FRIENDLY CONFINES: At 11-1 this season, the Titans are now 80-35 (.696) under Bob Burton in Titan Gym -- 40-5 (.889) in non-conference games and 40-30 (.571) in Big West games. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 305-168 (.645). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center. Fullerton has won 37 of its last 40 home non-conference games with the exceptions an 84-80 loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007, a 71-57 loss to Montana on Dec. 22, 2010, and Nov. 26 of this season vs. Bakersfield.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: The Tigers had won five of seven to figure in the congested fight for fourth place in the Big West standings but they stumbled at UC Davis last Tuesday to fall to 6-7. They are coming off an overtime win over Idaho State in the Bracket Buster Saturday. This is their only game of the week.
The Aggies were 1-21 but have now won two in a row and three out of five despite a 73-59 non-conference loss at Seattle on Monday night. They close out their home schedule with the Titans for the second year in a row.
SERIES HISTORIES: Pacific leads it, 46-36, but the Titans have won the last three meetings including a 78-73 win on Jan. 2 in Titan Gym. In that game, the Titans squandered a 14-point first-half lead but finished with a 10-5 advantage over the final 3 minutes after a tie at 68-68. Fullerton is only 9-21 in the Spanos Center including a 13-year losing streak (1990-2002).
Fullerton leads UC Davis, 11-6, including a 65-64 win in Titan Gym on Dec. 29 and an 87-82 decision last March in Davis to conclude the regular season. In this year's win, the Titans squandered a 16-point first-half lead. The game was tied as late at 59-59 and Davis had a shot to tie or win but Eddie Miller missed a baseline jumper. Kwame Vaughn then hit two free throws which offset a trey at the buzzer by Ritchart. Fullerton is 5-2 in The Pavilion.
HALFTIME INDICATORS: Fullerton is 13-0 when leading at the half, 5-6 when trailing and 0-1 when tied. The Titans have outscored the opposition by 105 points (38.7 to 34.5) in the first half and by 110 points (40.2 to 35.8) in the second half.
BALANCED, EXPLOSIVE STARTING FIVE: The Titans have used the same starting lineup -- Chin, Amoke, Seeley, Vaughn & Umipig -- in every game but three. All are averaging in double figures led by Seeley and Vaughn, at 16.2 and 16.0 ppg, respectively. Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least three times (Vaughn and Seeley 8 each, Umipig 6, Amoke 4 and Chin 3). The bench scored only 3 points (Perry Webster) in the home wins over Pacific, UCR and UCSB and only 2 (Underwood) at Northridge but contributed 16 and 14 vs. Cal Poly and 7 and 21 vs. UCI. With Seeley and Chin coming off the bench the Titans got 19 points from non-starters at Bakersfield.
SCORING TRIO: Last-season redshirts Seeley, Amoke and Vaughn have combined for 1,098 or 56 percent of Fullerton's 1,971 points so far this season. Isiah Umipig (340) has scored 17 percent to leave the remaining 27 percent spread among 10 players.
WINNING AT HOME: Fullerton has not gone unbeaten at home in conference play since the 1982-83 team went 8-0. The current squad is 6-0 with Northridge and Long Beach to go. Coach Burton's best home Big West record is 7-2 in 2004-05. The 2006-07 and 2007-08 teams both went 6-2.
AMOKE: Omondi Amoke hurt his ankle in the Cal Poly game but played on it -- and well with 12 points and 8 rebounds -- vs. UCSB but couldn't go against UCI, a team he dropped career highs of 23 points and 17 rebounds on in the first meeting. He came back at UCR with his seventh double-double (18 pts. and 14 rebs) but then had 5 points and no rebounds while fouling out in 12 minutes vs. Montana State.
CHIN: Orane Chin has averaged 15.5 points over the last 4 games while making 25 of 38 field goals (.658) including 7-of-9 threes. Over the last 9 games he is 41-for-65 (.631) including 10-for-17 (.588) treys. The third-year player leads the current Titans in career scoring with 857 points and 410 rebounds.
MARTIN: Sedric Martin has scored 29 points in the last 3 games after totaling only 15 in the first 22 games. He has 16 of his 28 rebounds in the last 3 games.
SEELEY: Despite an 0-for-2 effort at UCR on Wednesday and 0-for-1 vs. Montana State, D. J. Seeley is threatening the Titan single-season record for 3-point field goal percentage. He's at .453 after 25 games and the record is .443 by Don Leary (89 of 201) in 1992-93. Orane Chin (.511) and Perry Webster (.486) have even better marks but less than 1 make per game.
At .428, the team has a ways to go to top the school record of .436 by the 1984-85 squad, which made 44 of 101 attempts in the early days of the rule. But it's well ahead of the best performance by a Bob Burton Era team -- .385 (285 of 741) by the 2007-08 NCAA Tournament team.
UMIPIG: Isiah "Zeke" Umipig's .865 free-throw percentage leads the team and would top the Big West but at 45-of-52 he is 5 makes shy of the qualifying minimum.
VAUGHN: Kwame Vaughn's 37-point game vs. UCSB is surpassed only by the following in Titan Div. I history: 47 points by Bobby Brown vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 16, 2006; 41 by Josh Akognon twice; and 38 by Richard Morton. Akognon also had a 37-point game.
WEBSTER: Perry Webster led the Big West last year in assists-to-turnover ratio at 2.67 to 1 and he's not far off that pace this season at 2.44 to 1 (78 assists, 32 turnovers).
AMONG THE BIG WEST: Through games of Feb. 20, Fullerton was among the Big West Conference leaders in:
-- scoring (1st)
-- FG percentage (1st)
-- 3ptFG percentage (1st)
-- rebounding margin (1st)
-- 3pt FGs made (1st)
-- scoring margin (2nd)
-- assists (2nd)
but near the bottom in:
-- turnover margin (7th)
-- assist/turnover ratio (7th)
-- Vaughn was 1st in assists
-- Umipig was 1st in 3ptFGs made
-- Webster was 1st in assist/turnover ratio
-- Amoke was 2nd in FG percentage
-- Seeley was 2nd in 3pt FG percentage
-- Vaughn was 2nd in FT percentage
-- Amoke was 2nd in rebounding
-- Amoke was 2nd in double-doubles
-- Seeley was 3rd in steals
-- and the Titans had four of the top 12 scorers in Seeley (4th), Vaughn (5th), Umipig (9th) and Amoke (12th).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Thru games of Feb. 20, Fullerton ranked 2nd in 3-point FG percentage at .428 (Northern Colorado No. 1 at .454); 10th in FG percentage at .490 (Creighton No. 1 at .511); and 16th in scoring at 78.8 ppg (North Carolina at 83.5). Webster ranked No. 21 in assist/turnover ratio.
COIN DRIVE: The nine campuses of the Big West Conference are conducting their fifth annual Coin Drive during February to benefit local charities. Last year Fullerton fans contributed \$306.10 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Pacific won the competition with \$2,512.07 for the St. Josephs Foundation for Breast Cancer Services.
STREAKY TEAM: "Streaky" is the best one-word description of the 2011-12 Titans -- from week to week, game to game, half to half and even within a half (although not so much lately) -- Fullerton has displayed consistent inconsistency this season with sometimes equal amounts of good play and bad play. They have a 7-game win streak, a current 4-game win streak, two 3-game winning streaks and two 3-game losing streaks. They have trailed 14-0 at the outset (to Houston Baptist) and also led from the opening tip 14-0 (at Utah). They were a second-half team in routing LaVerne (51-12 for 86-44 win) and rallying past Portland State (56-44 for a 92-86 win) but squandered double-digit first-half leads over UC Davis (+16) and Pacific (+14) before pulling away from late ties (59-59 vs. Davis and 68-68 vs. Pacific) for wins of 65-64 and 78-73, respectively. Against UCR, they bracketed halftime with a 25-6 run (11-3 to finish the first half and 14-3 to open the second half). At UCI they jumped out to a 52-22 lead but were outscored 62-40 the rest of the way. Vs. UCI at home, they outscored UCI 68-47 over the final 22 minutes. At UCR they bracketed halftime with a 15-0 run (7-0 to end the first, 8-0 to start the second). And against Montana State they finished the first half on a 26-5 run and then scored the first 8 points of the second half.
VICTIMS OF SPURTS: CSF has had a bad spell in each of the last 13 games. It was outscored 18 points to 6 over 9:05 vs. UC Davis; 19-5 over 6:21 vs. Pacific; 24-7 over 6:48 at UCSB; 18-0 over 5:25 at Cal Poly; 11-2 over 2:52 to lose a 9-point lead in the first half at Bakerfield; 15-5 over 7:48 to lose an early lead vs. UCR; 14-4 over 3:38 by UC Irvine; a 15-0 run over 4:08 by Cal State Northridge and a 15-2 run over the final 3:48 by Long Beach State. Even Cal Poly had an 11-2 surge to finish the game. UCSB used a 15-0 run over 3:49 late in the first half to take a short-lived 40-28 lead and UCI had a 19-5 surge over 5:47 to go from 12-11 down to 30-17 up. UCR had a 14-5 run and Montana State went 16-5 over the final 7 minutes of each of the last two games.
REBOUNDING EDGE: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 6.7 per game despite a lack of great size but is only +3.9 in Big West play. The school record for rebounding margin is + 6.1 by the 2003-04 team. The next best is plus 5.1 by the 1978-79 squad.
DIVISION I TRANSFERS: Omondi Amoke, D. J. Seeley, John Underwood and Kwame Vaughn have brought the number of Div. I transfers to play for Coach Bob Burton to 15. Teammates Orane Chin and Andre Hardy preceded them. Two others (Sean Williams, Syracuse, academics; and Lloyd Walls, Wright State, injury) redshirted but never actually played. In Fullerton's Div. I history, they bring the total to 38. In the same time frame (1975 to present), only six players have left for other Div. I programs and only one (Jacques Streeter to UTEP) in the Burton era. Currently waiting in the wings are Sammy Yeager from TCU, Alex Harris from Northeastern and late arrival Darius Nelson from UTEP.
ANOTHER DIV. I TRANSFER: Forward Darius Nelson has walked on the Titan roster after completing Fall classes at UTEP and will be eligible for the Titans at the end of the Fall 2012 semester. He was one of the highest scoring players in northern California history for Sheldon High School in Sacramento County. His brother DeMarcus played four seasons at Duke and later with the Golden State Warriors.
NOVEMBER SIGNEES: The Titans have signed three incoming players for 2012-13.
Forwards Marquis Horne of Salt Lake City Community College and center James "Deuce" Johnson of Central Wyoming College both began their careers at the Div. I level. Horne, 6-foot-6, began his career at Ohio University but never played while Johnson, 6-foot-7, played his freshman year at Louisiana Tech.
Horne and Johnson will have two seasons of eligibility while 6-foot-4 prep school guard Jared Brandon of Maine Central Institute, who led Canyon Springs High School of North Las Vegas to the Nevada state championship in 2011, will have four.