DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 17th, 7:05 p.m. (PT)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Titan Gym (3,500) -- Fullerton, California Television: None. Home Record: UCSB 9-2, CSUF 7-2. Away Record: UCSB 4-6, CSUF 6-6. Neutral Record: UCSB 1-0, CSUF 0-3. Conference Record: UCSB 9-3, CSUF 7-5. Series Record: UC Santa Barbara leads, 36-33.
GAME NOTES: The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos will try to remain atop the Big West Conference standings, as they lock horns with the Cal State Fullerton Titans tonight.
The Gauchos slipped past Long Beach State, 64-62, on Saturday to improve to 9-3 within the conference, leaving them a half game ahead of Pacific for the top spot. Winners of three straight, UCSB is now 14-8 overall, as it guns for a third consecutive victory on the road.
As for the Titans, they have won two straight and five of their last six outings to move closer to UCSB with a 7-5 league mark. Most recently, CSUF came out on top, 113-112, in a wild triple-overtime affair at Cal State Northridge. It marked the fifth overtime game of the season for the Titans, who are 4-1 in such bouts.
In terms of the all-time series, UCSB holds a 36-33 edge over CSUF and that includes an 85-80 overtime triumph last month.
UCSB dropped in 45.7 percent of its attempts from the floor and 5-of-12 from three-point range, as it edged LBSU over the weekend. The Gauchos also went 17-of-24 at the foul line, in addition to forcing 22 turnovers. Jaime Serna led the way with 17 points and three steals, while Will Brew and Orlando Johnson chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Johnson currently tops the roster in scoring at 17.5 ppg and he also pulls down a team-best 5.5 rpg. James Nunnally forms a solid one-two punch with Johnson, as he delivers 15.0 ppg and 5.4 rpg.
Eric Williams converted a three-point play with 3.2 seconds left in the third overtime, giving the Titans a 113-112 win over Cal State Northridge on Saturday. CS-Fullerton trailed 112-109 with four seconds left when Gerard Anderson was fouled on purpose to prevent a game-tying three-point try. Anderson made his first free throw and missed the second intentionally. Williams grabbed the board and hit the tying basket while being fouled with 3.2 seconds remaining. He went on to hit the foul shot for the win. Anderson led the Titans with 25 points and seven boards, while Aaron Thompson and Jacques Streeter each posted 21 points. Thompson leads the team in scoring on the season at 12.4 ppg and he also brings in 5.5 rpg. Streeter is next in order at 11.0 ppg and he runs the show, dishing out a team-high 4.8 apg. Jer'Vaughn Johnson logs 10.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg, while Anderson and Devon Peltier chip in with 10.4 ppg apiece.
Both teams are playing well right now, but go with the Titans, as they are at home and have a few more options at their disposal.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Fullerton 74, UC Santa Barbara 70
TitanCentral.com Predicted Outcome: Cal State Fullerton75 , UC Santa Barbara 70