Titans Host Occidental

Dec. 15, 2010

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Sat., Dec. 18 -- Occidental, Titan Gym (4,000), 6:05 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 22 -- Montana, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 28 -- UC Davis, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (3-7) resume action Saturday after final exams week with only their third home game of the season, hosting Occidental of the Div. III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. It's the first of four consecutive home games that take the Titans into the Big West Conference schedule. Fullerton is 2-0 at home this year and 1-7 away.

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. Mike Martinez is the usual play-by-play announcer.

VIDEO: ALL Titan home games can be viewed on computers via BigWest subscription TV.

POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes
G 21 Perry Webster 6-1 Jr. 7.9 5.7a Leads Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.07 to 1; 7th in nation
G 3 Devon Peltier* 5-11 Sr. 15.2 1.8r Career-high 24 points at San Diego and key final rebound
G 14 Orlando Brown 6-1 Jr. 5.5 4.7r Forced to front line by injuries; usually guards opponents' top scorer
C 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson* 6-6 Sr. 14.5 5.8r Perfect shooting (7-of-7 FGs, 5-f-5 FTs) in 19-point effort at Portland State
F 15 Orane Chin* 6-7 Jr. 17.0 6.0r Scored career-high 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting at Portland State

OFF THE BENCH:
G 11 Roger Guardia 6-4 Sr. 3.1 2.6r Season-high 14 pts. vs. USD, made all four 3-point attempts; 1st start at UofA
G 13 Isiah Umipig 6-1 Fr. 6.2 1.6r Has scored in double figures three times
G 32 Eric Williams* 6-3 Sr. 0.9 1.3r Walk-on played career-high 22 minutes at USD in first Div. I start
C 33 Sedric Martin 6-6 Jr. 4.3 1.6r Scored 13 points in first start of season at USC
F 45 Steve Jurich 6-7 Jr. 4.7 2.9r Missed Montana State game due to back problem after starting first 2 games

DISABLED LIST:
F 0 Andre Hardy 6-6 Jr. \#7.5 \#5.5r Had surgery to remove bone chips, repair ligament in ankle; out to late Dec.
*letters earned \# - in 2008-09 at Oral Roberts

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LAST GAME: The Titans were outscored 24-12 down the stretch and lost at Portland State Sunday, 93-89, despite a career-high 32 points from Orane Chin and a perfect shooting night (7-for-7 FGs, 5-for-5 FTs) and 19 points from Jer'Vaughn Johnson. Both fouled out -- Johnson at 1:16 and Chin at 0:48 when the Titans were up, and then down, by a single point. Fullerton shot .596 from the floor, .450 at the 3-point line.

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 126-99 in his eighth season 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 .560 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78). He is 0-1 vs. Arizona.

ROAD STRUGGLES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. Despite a 1-7 record this season, they are 59-59 (.500) away from Titan Gym (includes 11-15 on neutral floors) from 2004-05 through the present. 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 62-70 (.470).

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 64-29 (.688) in Titan Gym including 34-3 (.919) in non-conference games. Fullerton has won its last 12 and 31 of its last 32 home non-conference games with the exception an 84-80 loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007. Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 289-163 (.639). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Occidental is 4-2 and hasn't played since a Dec. 7 win over West Coast Baptist, 63-51. The losses came to Azusa Pacific and Puget Sound. The leading scorer is freshman forward Kris Montoya at 17.3 ppg. Also in double figures are sophomore forward Deskum McCoy at 14.3 ppg and junior guard Jack Hanley at 10.3 ppg. The leading rebounder is 6-5 junior forward Jake Copithorne at 9.8 rpg.

SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton leads the series, 6-0. Last year's 97-59 CSF victory on Dec. 12 was the first meeting since 2003-04 and only the second since 1979-80.

KEY STATISTIC: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponent three times this year and each occurrence coincided with a victory. The edge in boards was 39-34 in a 3-point win at San Diego, 43-20 in a 10-point home win over Cal State Bakersfield and 27-24 in Saturday's 90-76 win.

KEY STATISTIC NUMBER TWO: Fullerton has been cold and hot at the foul line. An 11-for-24 effort was fatal in an opening 3-point loss to Central Michigan and a streak of 2 made in 7 attempts down the stretch at Montana kept the Titans behind. Conversely, the Titans made 33 of 37 in beating Cal State Bakersfield and the difference in the win at USD came at the line -- Fullerton was 18-for-23 while USD was 13-for-22. In the loss at Portland State, PSU was 19-for-23 including 9-for-9 in the final minute, while the Titans were 12-of-17.

TITAN PLAYER THUMBNAILS:

Orlando Brown - playing time has diminished with return of Jer'Vaughn Johnson and emergence of Roger Guardia... did not start for first time at Arizona... averaged 29 minutes over first six games vs. 18 minutes over last four games with TOTAL of 8 points and 10 rebounds... twice has grabbed 9 boards in a game... also has guarded opponents' top scoring threat... scored season-high 11 points vs. Cal State Bakersfield.

Orane Chin - scored career-high 32 points at Portland State on 13-of-22 shooting (4 of 7 treys)... made the Rainbow Classic all-tournament team, averaging 22.7 points and 6.0 rebounds over 3 games... had 12 rebounds vs. Central Michigan... has struggled against "twin towers," averaging 4 points (2-for-17 shooting) at USC (6-10 and 6-10) and Montana (7-0 and 6-11) while averaging 20.3 points against everyone else... played small forward last year.

Roger Guardia - has emerged last four games, averaging 19 minutes each night after only 29 minutes TOTAL in first six games... grabbed 9 rebounds at Montana and against USD had 14 points including 4-for-4 from 3-point line... had 2 points in first start at Arizona.

Andre Hardy - underwent surgery late summer for bone chips and ligament damage in ankle... cleared to practice last week but not expected to play until Big West schedule.

Jer'Vaughn Johnson - only returning starter from last year... strained knee ligament in early practice session; released to practice again on Nov. 18 and played 13 minutes off the bench at USC, scoring 3 points and grabbing 4 rebounds... had 17 points and 9 rebounds in 23 minutes vs. Bakersfield... in first two starts had 12 points and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes at Montana and career-high 23 points and 7 boards in 30 minutes in second win over USD... made all 7 shots and all 5 free throws in 19-point game at Portland State before fouling out with 1:16 to play... shooting .582 from the floor.

Steve Jurich - averaged 8 points and 2.5 rebounds in two starts in Hawai'i before back problem sidelined him... came off the bench at San Diego and played 21 minutes with 5 points and 5 rebounds... had season-high 7 rebounds at Montana.

Sedric Martin - got first start at USC and made 6-of-9 shots against the Trojans' twin 6-10 towers and scored 13 points... 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... has .531 field goal percentage.

Devon Peltier - battling Orane Chin for team scoring lead at 15.2 ppg... in double figures all but two games... led the Titans with 15 points at USC and 20 at Montana and in between was most of the Titans' offense in the second half at San Diego, scoring 14 of his career and game-high 24 points... had 19 points in second USD win... led team with 19 at Arizona, making 4 of 6 treys.

Isiah Umipig - freshman has played only 46 total minutes in last four games after averaging 23 minutes over first six games... 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 - after scoreless game at USC came back for season-high 17 points vs. Cal State Bakersfield... has had zero turnovers in four of the 10 games including second USD win when he had 10 assists... also had 10 assists in double-double with 10 points at Portland State... leads Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.07 to 1.0 (57 to 1)... was seventh in the nation at week's beginning... averaged 8 points and 5.7 assists in Hawai'i... scored only 5 points at San Diego but they turned a 58-55 deficit into a 60-58 lead on back-to-back possessions (2 free throws and a trey around his steal)... had 4 steals at USC.

Eric Williams - walk-on averaged 9 minutes per game in Hawai'i... got first career start at San Diego as Titans went "big," starting him (6-3) in place of 6-1 Umipig, who started against Montana State.