Towering Montana Next

Dec. 20, 2010

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
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.
Thur., Dec. 30 -- Pacific, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (4-7) play their final pre-Big West Conference schedule game, hosting Montana in a rematch of a Nov. 30 loss in Missoula. The Grizzlies have wins at UCLA and at home over Oregon State among their 7-4 resume. Seriously threatened is Fullerton's13-game home court non-conference game winning streak (and 32 wins in 33 games). Fullerton leads the Big West in field goal percentage at .472.

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. 8.7 5.9a Leads Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.33 to 1; second in nation
G 3 Devon Peltier* 5-11 Sr. 13.8 1.7r Career-high 24 points at San Diego and key final rebound; 0 pts. vs. Oxy
F 15 Orane Chin* 6-7 Jr. 16.5 6.0r Scored career-high 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting at Portland State
F 45 Steve Jurich 6-7 Jr. 4.2 2.7r Got third start of season vs. Occidental
C 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson* 6-6 Sr. 15.0 5.6r Has made 14 of 15 field goals in past two games

OFF THE BENCH:
G 11 Roger Guardia 6-4 Sr. 3.5 2.7r Season-high 14 pts. vs. USD, made all four 3-point attempts; 1st start at UofA
G 13 Isiah Umipig 6-1 Fr. 7.0 1.5r Scored 13 of season-high 15 points in first half vs. Occidental
G 14 Orlando Brown 6-1 Jr. 5.0 4.3r Forced to front line by injuries; usually guards opponents' top scorer
G 32 Eric Williams* 6-3 Sr. 1.1 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

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

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LAST GAME: The Titans played a typical post-final exams game Saturday, stumbling through most of the first half before shooting 67 percent in the second half to pull away to a 76-48 win over Div. III Occidental. Jer'Vaughn Johnson scored Fullerton's first 7 points but it was Isiah Umipig coming off the bench to score 13 points and give Fullerton a first-half lead. An 11-0 spurt early in the second half broke it open.

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 127-99 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 .562 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78). He is 2-1 vs. Montana.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Bob Burton, the Titans are 65-29 (.691) in Titan Gym including 35-3 (.921) in non-conference games. Fullerton has won its last 13 and 32 of its last 33 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 290-163 (.640). Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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).

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: Montana is 7-4 after a 64-63 win at Idaho on Saturday. The Griz are going for a home-and-home sweep of the Titans after a 75-67 win in Missoula on Nov. 30. Since that game, in which the Titans held an 8-point lead early in the second half, the Griz have also won at Pauley Pavilion over UCLA and won at home vs. Oregon State and Great Falls. They have lost at home to Portland and in overtime at USF. Guard Will Cherry is the leading scorer at 15.8 ppg. Twin towers Brian Qvale (6-11) and Derek Selvig (7-0) average 14.3 and 10.0 ppg and 8.1 and 4.6 rpg, respectively, for fifth-year Coach Wayne Tinkle.

SERIES HISTORY: Montana leads the series, 7-3, after its win in Missoula on Nov. 30. The Titans had won the previous three meetings including a home-and-home sweep three years ago. Montana lost the last meeting in Titan Gym -- 79-76 in overtime on Nov. 30, 2007, after Marcus Morgan blocked a layup attempt by the Griz at the regulation buzzer.

KEY STATISTIC: Fullerton has outrebounded its opponent four 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, 27-24 in a 90-76 win over USD and 24-21 Saturday vs. Occidental.

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. 15 minutes over last five games with TOTAL of 8 points and 11 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 19.3 points against everyone else... played small forward last year and started there for first time this year vs. Oxy.

Roger Guardia - has emerged last five 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... went 7-for-8 vs. Oxy and is now shooting .619 from the floor... only .367 (11 for 30) vs. USC and Montana but .848 (28 for 33 against others).

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... started again vs. Occidental.

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 .514 field goal percentage.

Devon Peltier - battling Orane Chin for team scoring lead at 13.8 ppg despite scoreless effort (0-for-4) vs. Occidental... in double figures all but three 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 "saved the game" for the Titans per Coach Burton vs. Occidental... came off the bench to score 13 of his season-high 15 points before intermission including team's final seven of the period... 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 and matched that vs. Occidental... has had zero turnovers in four of the 11 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 4.33 to 1.0 (65 to 15)... began week second in the nation to Washington State's Marcus Capers (only 29 assists and 5 turnovers)... 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 had started against Montana State... hit first trey of season vs. Occidental.

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