Homecoming Game Draws Tough UCSB


Posted Feb 4, 2012


The Titans (14-7, 6-3) try to avenge another first-round conference loss when they host second-place UC Santa Barbara (12-7, 7-2) for the annual Homecoming Game.

UPCOMING:     

  • Sat., Feb. 4 -- UC Santa Barbara, Titan Gym (4,000), 6:05 p.m. ESPNU
  • Thur., Feb. 9 -- UC Irvine, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
  • Wed., Feb. 15-- at UC Riverside, Student Recreation Center (2,753), 7 p.m.
  • Sat., Feb. 18 -- Sears Bracket Buster: Montana State, Titan Gym (4,000), 6:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Titans (14-7, 6-3) try to avenge another first-round conference loss when they host second-place UC Santa Barbara (12-7, 7-2) for the annual Homecoming Game.   The Titans lost at UCSB, 77-64, on Jan. 5.  Bob Burton and UCSB's Bob Williams are very close friends and boast the most career wins at their respective institutions.

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 and Kevin Barbarino will call the UCSB and UCI games.

VIDEO:  ESPNU will broadcast the UCSB game with Mark Neely and Mark Adams at the microphones.  All other Big West games can be viewed on computers via BigWest subscription TV.  

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:    

No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg a/rpg Quick Notes

  • G   5 Kwame Vaughn 6-3 Jr. 15.2 4.1a Transfer from USF; game-winner at CSUN; 14 pts/7 rebs/9 asts vs Cal Poly  
  • G 13 Isiah Umipig* 6-1 So. 12.5 2.8r Led second-half rally at Long Beach with 12 of his 16 points 
  • G 11 D. J. Seeley 6-4 Jr. 16.6 5.1r Transfer from Cal; 17-for-24 (.708) treys last 5 games on way to 106 points
  • F 15 Orane Chin** 6-7 Sr. 8.9 5.0r Transfer from South Florida; 16-for-27 FGs (.593) over last 5 games
  • F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 Sr. 12.5 8.7r Transfer from Cal;  career  highs of 23 pts., 17 rebs. at UCI; made 13-of-16 FTs

OFF THE BENCH:    

  • F   0 Andre Hardy* 6-6 Sr. 4.9 4.5r Transfer from ORU; missed last 5 games due to family issues
  • G   3 Perry Webster* 6-1 Sr. 3.0 2.7a Season-highs of 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists in start at CSU Bakersfield   
  • G 10 Cameron Glover 6-0 Jr. 1.0 0.7r Transfer from Mt. San Jacinto JC
  • C 12 John Underwood 6-9 Jr. 1.5 1.7r Transfer from Missouri started at CSU Bakersfield but suffered rib injury
  • G 14 Orlando Brown* 6-2 Sr. 2.4 1.3r Hit clutch trey to stop 7-0 UCI run in second half on Jan. 21
  • C 24 Bernard Webb 6-9 Jr. 2.3 0.7r Transfer from Salt Lake City CC played in only 7 games due to a broken foot
  • G 32 Chris Collins 6-4 RFr. 1.7 1.0r Sat out true freshman season last year
  • C 33 Sedric Martin* 6-6 Sr. 1.3 1.0r Strong 12 minutes at UC Irvine with 4 points, 3 rebounds
  • G 44 Jordan Knox 6-0 Jr. 0.0 0.7r Transfer from Las Positas JC in Livermore, Calif.                         *letters earned

HOW YOU SAY IT: OHR-uhn Chin  •   igh-ZAY-uh YOO-muh-pig   •  kwah-MAY Vaughn  • oh-MAHN-dee  ah-MOHK-ee

LAST GAME:  Fullerton played its most complete game since the Dec. 7 rout at Utah in rolling over Cal Poly, 83-61.  A 19-4 run that began in the middle of the first half and an 11-0 start to the second half helped build a lead as large as 32 points.   D. J. Seeley had a career-high with 28 points, Kwame Vaughn flirted with a triple-double and Omondi Amoke was close to a double-double.   Only 2 first-half turnovers for Titans.

THE COACH:  Bob Burton is 148-119 in his ninth season at Cal State Fullerton and career.  He has passed Alex Omalev (139-176 in 12 years) for the most CSF wins all-time.  Burton's winning percentage of .554 trails only Bobby Dye (.583, 109-78). 

FRIENDLY CONFINES:  At 8-1 this season, the Titans are now 78-35 (.690) under Bob Burton in Titan Gym -- 39-5 (.886) in non-conference games and 39-30 (.565) in Big West games.   Fullerton's all-time Div. I Titan Gym record is 302-168 (.643).  Fullerton also is 1-8 in regular season home games at the Anaheim Convention Center. 

ON THE ROAD:  The Titans are at .500 on the road this season at 6-6.  From the 2004-05 through 2009-10 seasons, Coach Burton's second thru seventh years, the Titans were 57-51 (.528) on the road.  But last year they were only 4-15 away from Titan Gym.   Coach Burton's current total (including 13-19 on neutral floors) is 71-84 (.458).    By comparison, for the nine seasons (1994-95 thru 2002-03) prior to Burton's arrival, the combined road record was 27-104 (.206). 

SERIES HISTORY:  UC Santa Barbara leads it, 39-34, and has won five of the last six meetings including a 77-64 win in Goleta on Jan. 5.  Coach Burton is 9-10 against his good friend Bob Williams, 5-3 in Titan Gym.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT:  UCSB is led by returning all-conference picks Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally, who average about 19 and 15 points, respectively, as well as about 6 rebounds each.  The Gauchos played a tough non-conference schedule that included overtime losses at home to San Diego State and UNLV and road losses at Washington, Cal and BYU.  Their Big West losses were in overtime at UC Riverside and a lopsided home loss to Long Beach State.

BALANCED, SOLID FIVE:  The Titans have used the same starting lineup -- Chin, Amoke, Seeley, Vaughn & Umipig -- in every game but two.  All but Chin (8.9) are averaging in double figures led by Seeley and Vaughn, at 16.6 and 15.2 ppg, respectively.  Each of the five has been the team's game leader or co-leader in scoring at least twice (Vaughn 7 and Seeley 7, Umipig 4, Amoke 3 and Chin 2).  The bench scored only 3 points (Perry Webster) in the wins over Pacific and UCR and only 2 (Underwood) at Northridge but contributed 8 points at UCSB,  16 and 14 vs. Cal Poly and 7 at UCI.    With Seeley and Chin coming off the bench the Titans got 19 points from non-starters at Bakersfield.

SCORING TRIO:  Last-season redshirts Seeley, Amoke and Vaughn have combined for 930 or 58 percent of Fullerton's 1,615 points so far this season.

AMONG THE BIG WEST:  Through games of Feb. 2, Fullerton was among the Big West Conference leaders in:

  • scoring (1st)
  • FG percentage (1st)
  • 3ptFG percentage (1st)
  • rebounding margin (1st)
  • 3pt FGs made (1st)
  • scoring margin (2nd)
  • assists (3rd)

but near the bottom in:

  • turnover margin (8th)
  • assist/turnover ratio (7th)

Individually:

  • Vaughn was 1st in assists
  • Amoke was 1st in FG percentage
  • Amoke was 2nd in rebounding
  • Amoke was 2nd in double-doubles
  • Seeley was 2nd in steals
  • Umipig was 3rd in 3FGs made
  • and the Titans had four of the top 10 scorers in Seeley (4th), Vaughn (6th), Amoke (9th) and Umipig (10th).

BRACKET BUSTER:  The Titans drew Montana State of the Big Sky Conference for the Sears Bracket Buster series, to be played in Titan Gym at 6:05 p.m. on Feb. 18.

ESPNU:  The Titans will be seen on ESPNU for a second time in a span of 8 nights.  Last Saturday's game at Long Beach State ( 8 p.m. tip) already was on the schedule before a "wild card" game of UCSB at Fullerton on Feb. 4 (6 p.m. tip) was added in early January.

STREAKY TEAM:  "Streaky" is the best one-word description of the 2011-12 Titans -- from week to week, game to game, half to half and even within a half.  Fullerton has displayed consistent inconsistency this season with sometimes equal amounts of good play and bad play.  They have a 7-game win streak and two 3-game losing streaks.  They have trailed 14-0 at the outset (to Houston Baptist) and also led from the opening tip 14-0 (at Utah).  They were a second-half team in routing LaVerne (51-12 for 86-44 win) and rallying past Portland State (56-44 for a 92-86 win) but squandered double-digit first-half leads over UC Davis (+16) and Pacific (+14) before pulling away from late ties (59-59 vs. Davis and 68-68 vs. Pacific) for wins of 65-64 and 78-73, respectively.  Against UCR, they bracketed halftime with a 25-6 run (11-3 to finish the first half and 14-3 to open the second half).  At UCI they jumped out to a 52-22 lead but were outscored 62-40 the rest of the way.  

VICTIMS OF SPURTS:  The Titans' string of having a major cold spell was stopped at 9 games by Thursday's effort vs. Cal Poly.  CSF was outscored 18 points to 6 over 9:05 vs. UC Davis;  19-5 over 6:21 vs. Pacific;  24-7 over 6:48 at UCSB;  18-0 over 5:25 at Cal Poly; 11-2 over 2:52 to lose a 9-point lead in the first half at Bakerfield; 15-5 over 7:48 to lose an early lead vs. UCR; 14-4 over 3:38 by UC Irvine;  a 15-0 run over 4:08 by Cal State Northridge and a 15-2 run over the final 3:48 by Long Beach State.  Other than an 11-2 advantage in "debris" time, Cal Poly's only runs were 6-0 (when down by 31) and 5-0 to take its last lead at 10-8.

REBOUNDING EDGE:   Fullerton has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 7.0 per game despite a lack of great size but is only +3.0 in Big West play.  The school record for rebounding margin is + 6.1 by the 2003-04 team.  The next best is plus 5.1 by the 1978-79 squad.

DIVISION I TRANSFERS:  Omondi Amoke, D. J. Seeley, John Underwood and Kwame Vaughn have brought the number of Div. I transfers to play for Coach Bob Burton to 15.  Teammates Orane Chin and Andre Hardy preceded them.  Two others (Sean Williams, Syracuse, academics; and Lloyd Walls, Wright State, injury) redshirted but never actually played.  In Fullerton's Div. I history, they bring the total to 38.  In the same time frame (1975 to present), only six players have left for other Div. I programs and only one (Jacques Streeter to UTEP) in the Burton era.  Currently waiting in the wings are Sammy Yeager from TCU, Alex Harris from Northeastern and late arrival Darius Nelson from UTEP.

ANOTHER DIV. I TRANSFER:  Forward Darius Nelson has walked on the Titan roster after completing Fall classes at UTEP and will be eligible for the Titans at the end of the Fall 2012 semester.  He was one of the highest scoring players in northern California history for Sheldon High School in Sacramento County.  His brother DeMarcus played four seasons at Duke and later with the Golden State Warriors.

NOVEMBER SIGNEES:  The Titans have signed three incoming players for 2012-13.

Forwards Marquis Horne of Salt Lake City Community College and center James "Deuce" Johnson of Central Wyoming College both began their careers at the Div. I level.  Horne, 6-foot-6, began his career at Ohio University but never played while Johnson, 6-foot-7, played his freshman year at Louisiana Tech.

Horne and Johnson will have two seasons of eligibility while 6-foot-4 prep school guard Jared Brandon of Maine Central Institute, who led Canyon Springs High School of North Las Vegas to the Nevada state championship in 2011, will have four.



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