Titans Open with Hope

Nov. 13, 2009

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Sat., Nov. 14 -- Hope International, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 16 -- at UCLA, Pauley Pavilion (12,819), 9:04 p.m. -- ESPN TV
Tues., Nov. 24 -- New Mexico State, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans play Goliath and then David this weekend to open Cal State Fullerton's 50th season of men's basketball. They host Hope International of the NAIA Golden State Athletic Conference on Saturday night and then have an ESPN national telecast at 11-time national champion UCLA on Monday night. The latter launches ESPN's 24-hour marathon of basketball on Nov. 17 (12:04 a.m. EST tipoff).

AUDIO: The Hope and UCLA 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. Erik Pessalano and/or Mike Martinez will describe the first two games.

VIDEO: All Titan home games and road Big West Conference games are available via videostreaming, normally on a subscription basis but free in the month of November. 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. 10.4 4.4a All-Big West Freshmen team last year; started all 32 games
G 0 Aaron Thompson* 6-4 Sr. 7.9 3.9r Played in all 32 games last year, half of them as a starter
F 24 Gerard Anderson* 6-6 Jr. 9.0 5.8r Honorable mention All-Big West last year; led team in rebounding
F 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson 6-6 Jr. dnp dnp Sat out last year after 2 years at SDSU; had 9 pts., 9 rebs. vs. Cal State L.A.
C 13 Bryce Webster 6-10 Jr. dnp dnp One season at Minnesota, one at Irvine Valley and one off the court
OFF THE BENCH:
G 3 Devon Peltier 5-11 Jr. dnp dnp Outstanding 3-point field goal shooter from Missouri State-West Plains
G 14 Jamel McGuire 6-5 Jr. dnp dnp Extremely fast guard from San Diego City College
F 15 Orane Chin 6-7 So. dnp dnp Redshirt sat out last year after one season at South Florida
G 21 Robbie Robinson 6-5 Jr. dnp dnp Key member of Riverside City College's state championship team in `08-09
G 22 Frank Granados 5-8 Sr. dnp dnp Walk-on practiced against women's team last three years
F 23 D. J. Shelton 6-9 Fr. dnp dnp Lanky true freshman from East Bakersfield High School
G 24 Eric Williams 6-3 Jr. dnp dnp Walk-on from Orange Coast who played at Metro State as freshman
F 33 Ray Miller* 6-8 Sr. 4.8 3.6r Led team last season with .631 field-goal percentage
F 42 Papa Guisse* 6-8 Sr. 3.4 4.1r Leads all active Big West players with 42 blocked shots, all last season
*letters earned \# - 2008-09 CSF statistics

SERIES HISTORIES: The Titans are 4-0 vs. Hope International, all in Titan Gym, and 0-9 vs. UCLA, all in Pauley Pavilion.

ABOUT THE ROYALS: Hope International, which is located across the street (Nutwood Ave.) from the Cal State Fullerton campus and utilizes former CSF dormitories as well as a converted shopping center, has a new coach in Bill Czech. The Royals were 4-24 last season but are 3-0 this year with wins over Cal Maritime, Bethany and Holy Names. Fellow conference member Concordia gave UCLA a run for its money in an exhibition game last week. Hope lost an exhibition to LMU, 82-65, on Nov. 4.

ABOUT THE BRUINS: UCLA, located about 40 miles mostly west of Fullerton, is trying to recover from an annual drain to the professional ranks. The Bruins were forecast as the third-place team in the Pac-10 this year. UCLA has beaten Concordia (62-61) and Humboldt State (74-57) in exhibitions. In UCLA's 9 wins over Fullerton, the average winning margin has been 15 points. The Titans have lost by as few as one point (72-71 on Dec. 29, 1986) and by as many as 34 points (99-65 on Dec. 10, 1994).

THE COACH: Bob Burton begins his seventh year at Cal State Fullerton with a campus and career record of 107-77. Last year's 15-17 record (only the fourth losing season in his 39-year coaching career) dropped his CSF winning percentage to .5815, second to Bobby Dye's .5829 (109-78) as the winningest coach in CSF history. Alex Omalev, who passed away last November at the age of 88, has the most total victories (139-176) followed by George McQuarn (122-117).

HOME-COURT SLUMP: The Titans lost their last three home games last season to finish 6-6 in Titan Gym, where they were 25-5 over the two previous seasons. They have won their last five non-conference home games.

ROAD WARRIORS: Under Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past five seasons, they are 50-42 (.543) away from Titan Gym (includes 11-10 on neutral floors). 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 seaon (2003-04), Burton's total CSF road record is 53-53 (.500).

HOME OPENERS: In the Bob Burton Era, the Titans are 5-1 in home openers, losing only to Sacramento State, 78-71 in overtime, in 2003. The wins have come over Hope International three times, Cal Maritime and Cal State Bakersfield over the past five seasons.

ROAD OPENERS: In the Bob Burton Era, the Titans are 3-3 in first games away from home, winning at South Dakota State, Southern Utah and Texas-San Antonio and losing at Northern Arizona and on neutral floors to Samford and Texas State.

CAL STATE L.A. EXHIBITION: In a typically ragged pre-season exhibition, the Titans defeated Cal State L.A., 69-58, on Monday night in Titan Gym. Both teams shot only 35 percent from the floor and there were 40 turnovers -- 22 by the Golden Eagles. Fullerton won the game on the backboards with an overall 50-34 edge including a 20-7 nod in offensive caroms. Gerard Anderson had 13 points and 6 rebounds, Aaron Thompson had 12 points, Jer'Vaughn Johnson had 9 points and 9 rebounds and Jacques Streeter had 8 points, 6 assists and 5 steals.

HOME BODIES: Cal State Fullerton has only five games on its 2009-10 schedule outside the state of California --two tourney games in Nacogdoches, Texas, and three in Logan, Utah. Last season the Titans traveled far and wide -- to Honolulu, Portland, Baton Rouge, Las Cruces and Bozeman after a Labor Day exhibition tour to Vancouver, BC.

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.

CHECK THOSE PHOTO FILES: Of the five returning players, three of them have changed jersey numbers. Jacques Streeter switched from 22 to 11, Gerard Anderson switched from 24 to 5 and Ray Miller swithced from 43 to 33.

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. They bring 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 has 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.
"He's an explosive athlete and can shoot the 3-pointer," said Assoc. Head Coach Andy Newman. "He can put the ball on the floor, too."

&\#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.
"He's a combination guard who has a great feel for the game," said Newman. "He can really shoot it. He's one of the most exciting high school guards we've seen and is right there with some of the guards we have signed in recent years such as Bobby Brown and Jacques Streeter. He's very crafty and knows how to score."

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