December 28, 2009

Titans Home vs. CSUB

Dec. 28, 2009

Fullerton, Calif. -

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UPCOMING:
Mon., Dec. 28 -- Cal State Bakersfield, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 2 -- at UC Davis, The Pavilion (7,600), 7 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 7 - Long Beach State, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (4-6) try to snap a 3-game losing streak when they host Cal State Bakersfield (1-9) in the final tuneup for the Big West Conference schedule that begins Saturday at UC Davis. Fullerton has lost 6 of 7, matching the worst 7-game run in the 7-year tenure of Coach Bob Burton (lost 6 of 7 in 2003-04).

AUDIO: Most 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. Erik Pessolano will describe the Bakersfield game. Due to severe reductions in state funding, no one will travel with the team to UC Davis.

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. 9.7 3.9a Staggered by the flu in Nacogdoches; played only 38 minutes total
G 0 Aaron Thompson* 6-4 Sr. 10.2 3.7r Back-to-back career highs of 22 points; BWC Player of Week (Nov. 16-22)
F 5 Gerard Anderson* 6-6 Jr. 6.5 4.8r Hand injuries have restricted his play for last 7 games
F 12 Jer'Vaughn Johnson 6-6 Jr. 11.0 5.7r Scored career-high 19 points against his former SDSU team
C 13 Bryce Webster 6-10 Jr. 7.8 5.2r Scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting vs. Occidental

OFF THE BENCH:
G 3 Devon Peltier 5-11 Jr. 8.6 0.4a Has led team in scoring three times
G 14 Jamel McGuire 6-5 Jr. 1.7 1.4a Extremely fast guard from San Diego City College
F 15 Orane Chin 6-7 So. 9.2 4.4r Led team with 15 points in first Titan start at Utah State
G 21 Robbie Robinson 6-5 Jr. 2.2 1.2r Key member of Riverside City College's state championship team in `08-09
G 22 Frank Granados 5-8 Sr. 1.0 0.0a Walk-on practiced against women's team last three years
G 24 Eric Williams 6-3 Jr. 3.8 1.3a Had 10 points, 2 assists in 12 minutes at Utah State
F 33 Ray Miller* 6-8 Sr. 3.2 1.5r Led team last season with .631 field-goal percentage
F 42 Papa Guisse* 6-8 Sr. 1.3 1.6r Started 21 of team's 32 games last year
*letters earned

SERIES HISTORY: Fullerton has won the last nine meetings with Bakersfield for a 9-2 advantage. Coach Burton is 4-0 vs. Coach Keith Brown after a pair of home-and-home series the past two years. The Titans have won by 17 and 13 points at home but by only 4 and 5 in Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

ABOUT THE ROADRUNNERS: The independent Div. I-A Roadrunners are 1-9. Senior forward Trent Blakley leads the team with 15.9 points per game while junior guard Donavan Bragg adds 11.2 points. Santwon Latunde (6-foot-6, 275-pound) leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game. CSUB's win came at home over Utah Valley State, 58-51. Among the losses are at UCLA, at Oregon State and at San Jose State in overtime. In the team's last outing against USF (82-73 road loss), Bragg led the team with 14 points with Donald Johnson and Blakley adding 11 and 10 points respectively. Keith Brown is in his fourth season at the helm of the Roadrunners.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is in his seventh year at Cal State Fullerton with a campus and career record of 111-83 (.572). Three losses in a row have dropped his winning percentage below Bobby Dye's .583 (109-78) school record from the 1970s. The late Alex Omalev has the most total victories (139-176) followed by George McQuarn (122-117) and then Burton.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Coach Bob Burton, the Titans are 57-24 (.704) in Titan Gym but they went only 2-6 in Big West Conference play last season. They have won their last eight home non-conference games since a loss to Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007.

ROAD WORRIERS: The Titans have lost their last six games away from home this season. (0-3 road, 0-3 neutral). Under Coach Bob Burton, the Titans had made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past five seasons plus the game at UCLA this year they were 51-42 (.548) away from Titan Gym (including 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 54-59 (.478).

WINLESS TRIP AGAIN: Not since a trip to Utah State and Idaho on Jan. 20 & 22, 2005, had the Titans failed to fly home with at least one victory from a multi-game road trip -- a span of 16 road trips -- before it occurred in Texas on Dec. 4-5 and again in Utah on Dec. 21-23. They had two 2-0 trips, one 2-1 trip and 13 1-1 adventures between the 0-2s.

LOSING STREAKS: Fullerton has lost three in a row for the second time this season and the eighth time in the Bob Burton Era. Only once (in 2003-04) has the losing skein reached four in a row. None of the Burton teams has lost seven of eight games.

NO DOUBLE FIGURES: When Bryce Webster and Devon Peltier led the Titans with only 8 points vs. Central Arkansas on Dec. 4, it was the lowest point total for a Titan scoring leader in the program's 36-year Div. I history. In only three other games did no Titan score in double figures -- 9 by Pape Sow vs. USF, Nov. 19, 2005; 9 by Babacar Camara at Valparaiso on Dec. 22, 2000; and 9 by both Ike Harmon and Chris Dade at Utah State on Feb. 7, 1998.

ANOTHER LOW: Fullerton's 49 points vs. Central Arkansa were its lowest output since a 77-44 loss at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 31, 2004. The only other sub-50-point game in the Bob Burton Era was a 57-49 loss at Utah State on Jan. 22, 2004.

MULTI-LEADERS: In 10 games, the Titans have had six different scoring leaders or co-leaders with reserve Devon Peltier taking honors three times to lead the list (Peltier, 3; Chin, Thompson and Johnson 2; Streeter and Webster, 1.

SWEET CHARITY: The Titans lead the Big West Conference in free-throw percentage at .764. They also are first in assists (15.0 per game) and defensive rebounding (26.3). They are ninth or last in offensive rebounding (8.8).

FAST START: Fullerton was 3-0 out of the gate for the fourth time in the Burton Era. But only in 2006-07 did the Titans made it to 4-0.

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

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.

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. &\#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.