Either way, the Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team will see how well it fares versus Division I teams in the upcoming weekend.
The new addition of transfers and the experience from the returners have given the Titans a look of a promising season. It showed in the first game.
The Titans (1-0) had no problem putting away Div. III Redlands in a 118-68 rout in their season opener Friday. The offensive outburst was led by sophomore guard Isiah Umipig’s 34 points while four others also scored in double digits, including the three transfers, junior guard Kwame Vaughn, senior forward Omondi Amoke and junior guard D.J. Seeley, combining for 46 points. Junior center Bernard Webb also contributed with 10 points.
The real test for the Titans will occur this weekend as it is scheduled to play three games in as many days against Div. I opponents in the Louisiana Tournament against Nicholls State (0-1), Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2) and Houston Baptist (1-1) beginning Friday.
CSUF is hoping to travel with a healthy squad. Some players were banged up for the game last Friday, making them questionable to play three straight games.
Amoke (shoulder) and Seeley (leg) were both injured in the intrasquad scrimmage game Oct. 22 and saw limited time against Redlands. Amoke was held to 12 minutes and Seeley played 17 minutes.
Both look to have limited action once again, considering how early the season is.
Last year the Titans were an abysmal 4-15 on the road and are looking to change that around. They are also riding an eight-game losing streak that dates back to the ’09 season.
If healthy, that streak looks like it will end this weekend.
The Titans fed off a quick lead in the last game which they never relinquished. The 6-0 start they had only grew larger. Umipig shot 8-12 from the 3-point line, a large reason for the offensive success. The eight shots made were tied for fourth-best total made for a game.
By halftime, the Titans led 70-27, shooting 64 percent. They finished the game shooting 55 percent.
The quick starts give the Titans an advantage to utilize Umipig’s long-distance shooting range.
The high-scoring display left the Titans flirting with school records. The 118 points is the second-most scored in school history behind 128 set in 1972. The 70-point first half was two points shy of the 1985 record and the 50-point margin of victory was also two points shy of the record set in 1985.
The Titans will meet Nicholls State and Houston Baptist for the first time in school history. They have played Louisiana-Lafayette twice, leading the series 2-0, in the 2006-07 season.
They will have nearly a week off after the tournament before hosting Cal State Bakersfield Nov. 26 at Titan Gym.
The Titans won’t be able to get comfortable as they will be forced back on the road for three straight games. The games away will be featured in three different states: Kansas, Illinois and Utah.