Nov. 30, 2006
Fullerton, CA -
Sat., Dec. 2 - vs. Texas-San Antonio, Titan Gym, 6:05 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 5 - at UCLA, Pauley Pavilion, 7:35 p.m. - (FSN Prime Ticket TV)
Sat., Dec. 9 - at Pepperdine, Firestone Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 16 - Bethune-Cookman, Titan Gym, 6:05 p.m.
IN A NUTSHELL:
Cal State Fullerton plays its first home game against an NCAA Div. I opponent Saturday night when Texas-San Antonio plays the second half of an in-season non-conference ©¯home-and-home©~ series. The Titans won at UTSA last week despite the absence of three starters, who now have two games under their belts.
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. Justin Alderson will be at the microphone.
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.
CSF evened the series at 2-2 with its 67-63 win in San Antonio on Nov. 22. CSF lost to UTSA last year in Miami, 88-76, at the Florida International Tournament. The teams played a home-and-home series in 1983 and 1984 with the home team winning each time.
ABOUT THE ROADRUNNERS:
Texas-San Antonio (3-4) has a new coach in Brooks Thompson, who was an assistant at Arizona State the past two seasons. The former Oklahoma State star, who was a first-round draft choice of Orlando in the 1994 draft and played for five NBA teams, previously served as head coach at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, where he was 55-14. The Roadrunners bounced back from blowing a 17-point lead over Fullerton to defeat University of San Diego, 64-49, on Sunday, and Wednesday night they beat Henderson State, 55-37.
ABOUT THE TITANS:
The Titans are trying to post their third consecutive winning season, something that hasn©^t been done in Fullerton since Coach George McQuarn posted four winning records between 1981-82 and 1984-85. They got off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1989-90, but then lost at Eastern Washington, 110-100, on Monday night. They are averaging almost 93 points a game and have seven players averaging in double digits. The Titans feature three returning ©¯regulars©~ in seniors Bobby Brown at point guard and Justin Burns at center and junior guard Frank Robinson, who was the Big West Conference©^s ©¯sixth-man©~ of the year in 2005-06. Four-year transfers Scott Cutley and Marcus Crenshaw from Kent State and Ray Reed from Georgetown have made an immediate impact along with community college transfers Kenneth Alexander and Marcus Morgan from West Valley, Andrew Green from College of the Sequoias and Chris Minardo from Citrus College. Five different players (Minardo, Reed, Crenshaw, Cutley and Brown) have led the Titans in scoring in their first five games.
Bob Burton is 52-42 in his fourth year at Cal State Fullerton and career. At .553, Burton has the second best winning percentage of any Titans©^ head coach, trailing only Bobby Dye (109-78, .583). He is 1-1 vs. Texas-San Antonio, 1-0 against Coach Thompson.
BOBBY FOCAL POINT:
Senior point guard Bobby Brown is the focal point of the Cal State Fullerton program. An unheralded product of Westchester High School in Los Angeles, he has developed into one of the nation©^s finest players and an All-America candidate. He tested the NBA draft waters last summer but opted to return for his senior year. He has been nominated for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation©^s top point guard and is on CollegeInsider.com©^s pre-season Mid-Major All-American team. He has made numerous pre-season All-Big West Conference teams and is projected as player of the year by many. Last year he was first-team All-Big West and second-team All-NABC District. He needs 462 points this season to become the Titans©^ all-time leading scorer, surpassing All-American, Olympic gold medalist and 6-year NBA veteran Leon Wood.
Junior Frank Robinson was the key Titan off the bench last year when he was selected the ©¯sixth man©~ of the year in the Big West Conference. He became a starter for the final three weeks of the season and played to an all-conference level, averaging 16.6 points over the last seven games capped by a 25-point, 12-rebound effort in defeat to Long Beach State in the semifinals of the post-season tournament. Overall, he averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds and was No. 3 in the conference in 3-point field goal accuracy at .445 (49 of 110). He also led the conference in steals at 1.66 per game. In two starts this year he has twice scored 16 points.
Kent State transfer Ray Cutley broke in with a bang, scoring 31 points with 11 rebounds in his Titan debut at Louisiana-Lafayette. It was only the 62nd 30-point game by a Titan at the Div. I level. He scored the game-tying buckets in the final minute of both regulation and overtime. He came back with 19 points at Eastern Washington.
Georgetown transfer Ray Reed leads the Titans in points (86), assists (21) and steals (18) through the first five games. He just missed a triple-double against Hope when he had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.
BURNS WINS HONOR:
Senior Justin Burns was selected the Big West Conference Player of the Week last week after posting a pair of double-doubles in victories at Texas-San Antonio and Louisiana-Lafayette. He averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 blocks for the week. With three double-doubles this season, he has moved into the Titans©^ career Top 12 list with 8. He had five double-doubles and picked up another one against Cal Maritime with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
He started the first three games and averaged 18 points. Playing considerably less minutes, he has averaged 6.5 points in the last two games. He leads the team with 11 3-point field goals.
Under Coach Bob Burton, the Titans are 27-13 (.675) in Titan Gym and have a modest 5-game winning streak alive.
Not coincidental to the recent home success, a squad of cheerleaders was added to the home court ambience for last season. Along with a flag carrier and a new student band, they join the entertainment package headed by the six-time national champion dance team.
ROAD RECORD IMPROVING:
Under Coach Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past two seasons plus this year they are 22-18 away from Titan Gym. In the previous 10 seasons the combined road record was 30-115.
Westchester High School, one of California©^s most successful prep basketball programs in recent times, leaves a lot of flavor on the Titans©^ roster. Current players Bobby Brown, Scott Cutley and Jarrel Lake all played there while Titan Assistant Coach Marlon Morton was on the WHS staff. Last year©^s team had two more former Comets in Jerard Moret (who transferred to West L.A. College) and John Clemmons (eligibility expired).
ONLY ONE NEW STOP:
Lafayette, Louisiana, with its Cajundome is the only stop on the Titans©^ basketball itinerary this year where the Titans have not previously competed. Conversely, three new opponents are visiting Titan Gym -- California Maritime, Bethune Cookman and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Cal State Fullerton was a consensus third-place prediction at the annual Big West Conference Basketball Media Day on Oct. 25. Both the media and coaches polls had Fullerton behind Pacific and Long Beach State.