Texas-Bound Titans Rested

Dec. 1, 2009

Nacogdoches, Texas -

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UPCOMING:
Fri., Dec. 4 -- vs. Central Arkansas at Etech Lumberjack Classic, Nacogdoches, TX, 5:15 p.m. CST
Sat., Dec. 5 -- at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, TX, 7:15 p.m. CST
Wed., Dec. 9 -- at San Diego State, Viejas Arena, 7 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: After surviving an 8-day layoff wih a come-from-WAY-behind win over New Mexico State, the Titans (3-0) will have been off for 10 days when they take the court in Nacogdoches, Texas, for a weekend tournament that has predetermined foes in Central Arkansas and host Stephen F. Austin (Southern also will play those two schools).

AUDIO: Due to severe cutbacks in state funding that have resulted in athletic budget cuts, there will be no Fullerton-originated audio service nor media relations representative for this tournament as well as road games at UC Davis (Jan. 2) and at Pacific (Jan. 21).

VIDEO: All Titan home games and road Big West Conference games are available via videostreaming, normally 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 G 11 Jacques Streeter* 6-0 So. 13.0 5.7a Double double with 20 points, 10 assists vs. New Mexico State
G 0 Aaron Thompson* 6-4 Sr. 18.0 6.7r Back-to-back career highs of 22 points; BWC Player of Week (Nov. 16-22)
F 24 Gerard Anderson* 6-6 Jr. 11.3 7.0r Honorable mention All-Big West last year; led team in rebounding
F 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson 6-6 Jr. 10.3 7.3r Double double vs. New Mexico State with 12 points, 10 boards
C 13 Bryce Webster 6-10 Jr. 6.0 6.7r Grabbed 14 rebounds at UCLA; played final 16 minutes with 4 fouls
OFF THE BENCH:
G 3 Devon Peltier 5-11 Jr. 3.3 0.3a Outstanding 3-point field goal shooter from Missouri State-West Plains
G 14 Jamel McGuire 6-5 Jr. 2.0 2.3a Extremely fast guard from San Diego City College
F 15 Orane Chin 6-7 So. 11.3 4.0r With 16 points, has scored all but two of bench's points in last two games
G 21 Robbie Robinson 6-5 Jr. 3.0 2.5r Key member of Riverside City College's state championship team in `08-09
G 22 Frank Granados 5-8 Sr. 3.0 0.0a Walk-on practiced against women's team last three years
G 24 Eric Williams 6-3 Jr. 2.0 0.0a Walk-on from Orange Coast who played at Metro State as freshman
F 33 Ray Miller* 6-8 Sr. 2.0 1.0r Led team last season with .631 field-goal percentage
F 42 Papa Guisse* 6-8 Sr. 2.0 2.7r Started 21 of team's 32 games last year
*letters earned

SERIES HISTORIES: The Titans have never met Central Arkansas nor Stephen F. Austin on the basketball court.

ABOUT THE BEARS: Central Arkansas (1-5) of the Southland Conference has lost five in a row since an opening 68-40 win over Hendrix. Two of the losses have been lopsided at No. 1-ranked Kansas and Memphis. Chris Poellnitz is the top scorer at 15 ppg but has played in only two games including a 24-point effort on Nov. 28 at Oakland. Mike Poucy averages 12.2 points. The Bears are shooting only 38 percent from the floor including 19 percent from 3-point land.

ABOUT THE LUMBERJACKS: Stephen F. Austin (2-2) is defending champion of the Southland Conference Eastern Division. The Lumberjacks are at Jackson State on Dec. 1. Their wins are at home over Jackson State and Huston-Tillotson and the losses came at Minnesota and at home vs. Texas Tech. Eddie Williams is the leading scorer at 16.3 ppg. Their football team plays Saturday at Montana in the FCS Playoffs.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is in his seventh year at Cal State Fullerton with a campus and career record of 110-77. Three wins this season have lifted his winning percentage to .588, best in school history but still only a few ticks ahead of Bobby Dye's .583 (109-78) mark in the 1970s. 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).

ROAD WARRIORS: Under Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past five seasons plus the UCLA game this year, they are 51-42 (.548) 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 season (2003-04), Burton's total CSF road record is 54-53 (.505).

FAST START: Fullerton is 3-0 out of the gate for the fourth time in the Bob Burton Era. Only in 2006-07 did the Titans make it to 4-0.

TOURNAMENT PLAY: This is Fullerton's seventh regular season tournament in the Bob Burton Era. The Titans have gone 1-1 five times and 1-2 at last year's 76 Classic in Anaheim.

TITANS IN TEXAS: Fullerton has played only a dozen games in the Lone Star State in 49 seasons, going 3-9. The Titans are 0-1 at Baylor, 1-1 at UT-San Antonio, 0-1 at Houston, 0-1 at SMU, 0-1 at Lamar, 1-0 at UT Arlington, 1-3 at North Texas and 0-1 at Texas Tech.

OVERTIME SUCCESS: Fullerton has won five of its last six overtime games, which covers this season and the previous three.

STOPPING THE TREY: In recent years, Fullerton has not had a good 3-point field goal percentage defense -- .367 last year (next to last in the Big West) and .375 the year before. But this season Titan opponents are shooting a feeble .200 (15 of 75) while the Titans are shooting .383 led by Aaron Thompson's 8-for-12 effort.

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.

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.

SHELTON TO REDSHIRT: D. J. Shelton, the only freshman in CSF's program, will redshirt this season. The 6-9 forward is a product of East Bakersfield High School.

FALL SIGNEES: Cal State Fullerton 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."