November 19, 2010

Titans Tackle Taller Toreros of USD

Nov. 19, 2010

San Diego, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Sun., Nov. 21 -- at Univ. of San Diego, Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100), 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 24 -- at USC, Galen Center (10,258), 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 27 -- Cal State Bakersfield, Titan Gym (4,000), 6:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The injury-riddled Titans take an 0-3 record and probably the shortest lineup in Div. I basketball on the road to the University of San Diego. With Steve Jurich (6-foot-7) joining Jer'Vaughn Johnson (6-6) and Andre Hardy (6-6) on the sidelines Monday in Honolulu, the Titans started a lineup with heights of 5-11, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 and 6-7 and the latter is Orane Chin, who was a backup small forward last season.

AUDIO: All 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. Mel Franks will call the game in San Diego.

POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes
G 21 Perry Webster 6-1 Jr. 8.0 5.7a Averaged 5.7 assists in Hawai'i tournament
G 3 Devon Peltier* 5-11 Sr. 11.0 2.7r Led team last year with .420 3-point percentage but 6 of 22 (.273) in Hawai'i
F 15 Orane Chin* 6-7 Jr. 22.7 6.0r Scored career-high 27 points at Hawai'i
G 14 Orlando Brown 6-1 Jr. 8.3 6.3r Forced to front line by injuries and leads team in rebounding
G 13 Isiah Umipig 6-1 Fr. 10.0 2.0r Tied game vs. Central Michigan with trey with 1:01 to play

OFF THE BENCH:
G 11 Roger Guardia 6-4 Sr. 1.5 1.0r 25-year-old Spaniard is transfer from Cuesta College with one year to play
G 32 Eric Williams* 6-3 Sr. 1.3 1.0r Last-second hero of miracle triple overtime win at Cal State Northridge
C 33 Sedric Martin 6-6 Jr. 3.3 2.0r Transfer from New Mexico Military Institute
F 42 Chris Collins 6-4 Fr. DNP DNP Walk-on freshman from Chino Hills HS

DISABLED LIST:
F 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson* 6-6 Sr. \#11.3 \#6.5r Returned to practice floor Thursday but doubtful for game action
F 45 Steve Jurich 6-7 Jr. 8.0 2.5r Started first two games on Oahu but injured back; doubtful for USD and USC
F 0 Andre Hardy 6-6 Jr. @7.5 @5.5r Had surgery to remove bone chips, repair ligament in his ankle; out to Dec.
*letters earned \# - in 2009-10 @ - in 2008-09 at Oral Roberts

HOW YOU SAY IT: dee-VAHN pehl-tee-AY &\#149; Steve JUHR-itch &\#149; OHR-uhn Chin &\#149; Roger GWAHR-dee-uh &\#149; igh-ZAY-uh YOO-muh-pig

IN HAWAI'I: The Titans opened the season in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu. suffering three narrow losses. They got beat by Central Michigan (70-67) on a 3-pointer at the buzzer, by Hawai'i (84-70) when the hosts scored the final 14 points of the game in the final 3:12 and by Montana State (80-76), twice failing to defensively rebound missed free throws in the final 29 seconds.

EXHIBITION RECAPS: The Titans had a closed scrimmage at home vs. Pepperdine on Oct. 30 and a Nov. 6 home exhibition with Cal State L.A. to help prepare for the season opener. The Titans won the latter, 79-67, with Devon Peltier scoring a game-high 20 points and Orane Chin delivering an impressive double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds. Fullerton hit 10 of 21 3-point field goals.

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 123-95 in his first seven-plus seasons 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 .564 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78).

ROAD WARRIORS: Under Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past six seasons plus three game this year, they are 58-55 (.513) away from Titan Gym (includes 11-15 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 season (2003-04), Burton's total CSF road record is 61-66 (.480). ABOUT THE TOREROS: San Diego takes a 1-1 record into a Friday night home game vs. Boise State. USD beat Occidental, 83-66, and lost at Stanford, 64-48. Fourth-year Head Coach Bill Grier is 50-52. Guard Darian Norris is the early sacoring leader (11.5 ppg) but four other players are averaging at least 8.0 ppg. USD is shooting 49 percent from the floor (39.5 from the 3-point line) and 82 percent at the foul line. USD returns a game at Titan Gym on Dec. 4.

SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton leads the all-time series, 16-11, but the teams have not played in almost a decade and never before in Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD won the last two meetings, both in the 1999-2000 season -- 81-77 in Titan Gym on Nov. 23, 1999, and 78-72, on Jan. 8, 2000, in San Diego in matchups of Head Coaches Bob Hawking and Brad Holland. Fullerton's last win was by a score of 76-70 on Dec. 6, 1997, in Titan Gym.

TITAN PLAYER THUMBNAILS:

Orlando Brown - surprising team rebounding leader (6.3 rpg) at 6-foot-1... also has guarded opponents' top scoring threat.

Orane Chin - made the Rainbow Classic all-tournament team, averaging 22.7 points and 6.0 rebounds... scored a career-high 27 vs. Hawai'i and came back with 24 vs. Montana State... had 12 rebounds vs. Central Michigan... played small forward last year.

Chris Collins - walk-on did not play in Hawai'i.

Roger Guardia - played only 16 minutes total in Hawai'i... did not play at all vs. Central Michigan.

Andre Hardy - underwent surgery late summer for bone chips and ligament damage in ankle; due back late December.

Jer'Vaughn Johnson - only returning starter from last year... strained knee ligament in early practice session; released to practice again on Nov. 18 but not yet cleared to play in games.

Steve Jurich - averaged 8 points and 2.5 rebounds in two starts in Hawai'i before back problem sidelined him... expected to miss at least one week.

Sedric Martin - 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 - averaged 11 points but shot poorly in Hawai'i, going combined 1-for-10 from 3-point line in first two games... 5-for-12 treys on way to 19 points vs. Montana State.

Isiah Umipig - freshman 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.

Perry Webster - averaged 8 points and 5.7 assists in Hawai'i... called for charge with 5 seconds left in tie game vs. Central Michigan, setting stage for game-winnng shot by CMY.

Eric Williams - walk-on averaged 9 minutes per game in Hawai'i