DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 11th, 3:05 p.m. (pt)
FACTS & STATS: Site: (Dilapidated) Titan Gym (3,500) -- Fullerton, California. Television: None. Home Record: EWU 3-0, Fullerton 1-1. Away Record: EWU 2-3, Fullerton 3-1. Neutral Record: EWU 0-0, Fullerton 1-1. Conference Record: EWU 0-0, Fullerton 0-0. Series Record: Cal State Fullerton leads, 3-1.
GAME NOTES: The Eagles have won four of their last five outings and in the last two games the team has exposed two drastically different sides. Last Saturday EWU was thumped by Washington State on the road in a 75-49 final, the scoring output being the lowest of the season thus far for the Eagles. Then five days later the program hosted Linfield and exploded in a 104-54 final.
As for the Titans, they've bounced back from a three-game slide to post back- to-back wins. The team's 79-57 win over SIU Edwardsville last weekend was probably expected, but Fullerton's complete domination of Utah on the road on Wednesday night, 81-50, represented one of the worst losses for the Utes ever at home.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, the Titans are ahead by a count of 3-1. However, the Eagles won the most recent meeting, 110-100, in Cheney in 2006.
The defense for the Eagles held Linfield to just 21 made field goals, matching the number of turnovers by the visitors to Reese Court in Cheney three nights ago. Collin Chiverton scored a game-high 25 points for EWU, leading five players in double figures, as Cliff Colimon contributed 23 points and handed out 11 assists. Jeffrey Forbes and Parker Kelly accounted for 14 and 12 points, respectively, while Cliff Ederaine filled his stat line with 11 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Chiverton leads the team in scoring with 16.4 ppg, shooting better from three-point range (.450) than he is the field overall (.387). Colimon (12.8 ppg) is needed as much for his passing (46 assists) as he is for his scoring, not to mention playing tough defense at the other end of the floor with 19 steals in eight outings.
It was a monumental win for the Titans in a number of ways in Salt Lake City, the team handing the Utes their worst loss ever in the Huntsman Center, with the 31-point margin of victory representing the largest ever on the road against a Division I opponent for Fullerton. In addition, the victory was the 139th for head coach Bob Burton, tying him with Alex Omalev for the all-time record with the program. Kwame Vaughn led all scorers with 18 points, followed by D.J. Seeley with 17 and Andre Hardy with 11 points to go along with eight rebounds. Omondi Amoke cleared a game-high 12 boards as the Titans crushed the hosts on the glass by a massive 45-18 margin. In the last two games Fullerton has shot at least 50 percent from the floor and has combined to make 21-of-45 shots behind the three-point line which is considerably better than the opposition which made good on only 11-of-35 out on the perimeter. Vaughn has been a huge spark on offense lately, scoring in double figures in five straight outings.
Before the Eagles get ahead of themselves they need to understand that their blowout win earlier this week against Linfield came against an inferior opponent and at home no less. This time around it won't be nearly as easy for Eastern Washington, especially since the Titans are prepared to deliver another win this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: CS Fullerton 78, Eastern Washington 67