Cal State Fullerton (2-4) at Montana (2-2)
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 30th, 6:00 p.m. (PT)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Dahlberg Arena (7,500) -- Missoula, Montana. Television: None. Home Record: Fullerton 1-0, Montana 2-0. Away Record: Fullerton 1-2, Montana 0-2. Neutral Record: Fullerton 0-2, Montana 0-0. Conference Record: Fullerton 0-0, Montana 0-0. Series Record: Montana leads, 6-3.
GAME NOTES: After starting the year with three consecutive losses, the Titans have rebounded with victories in two of their last three games. The most recent win was an 85-75 decision over CSU Bakersfield, and it was clearly the team's best performance on the season. After this contest the Titans will return home to host San Diego.
As for the Grizzlies, they opened the season with two straight losses on the road, but since then the team has returned home, and in back-to-back games at Dahlberg Arena, Montana has posted victories over Montana Tech (78-51) and Idaho (75-33). The Grizzlies will host Portland after this contest, before hitting the road to take on UCLA.
The Grizzlies might own a 6-3 edge over Fullerton in the all-time series, but the Titans have claimed their three victories in the last three matchups.
As mentioned earlier this was definitely the best offensive showing by the Titans all season. The Titans shot 51.1 percent from the field in the matchup, and also connected on an outstanding 33-of-37 from the foul line. Jer'Vaughn Johnson, who is returning from an injury he suffered before the season started, played in his second game this year against CSU-Bakersfield and led the team with 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Perry Webster added 17 points as well, while Orane Chin posted 16 points, to go along with eight boards. With Johnson out to start the season, Chin has picked up the slack in the paint and is currently leading the squad with 16.5 ppg, to go along with 6.3 rpg. Devon Peltier (14.3 ppg) contributed 14 points in the win, while Orlando Brown tallied 11 points, and also collected a team-best nine caroms.
The Grizzlies did a number on Idaho in their recent matchup, as Montana held the Vandals to just 33 points. Obviously the Vandals were ice cold offensively, but the Grizzlies deserve plenty of created for their performance defensively, as they held Idaho to just 12.0 percent shooting in the game. Montana forced 16 turnovers in the win and that led to 27 points for the Grizzlies, who closed out the game with a respectable 48.3 percent shooting effort. Will Cherry and Brian Qvale did most of the damage in the win, as Cherry led the way with 24 points, while Qvale tallied 21 points. Qvale comes into this matchup leading the team with 16.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg, while Cherry is directly behind him, posting 15.5 ppg.
The Titans have been able to play well at home, but the question remains, can the team put forth that winning effort on the road? Maybe down the road Fullerton can succeed outside of Titan Gym, but for now, look for the Grizzlies to grab a victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Montana 77, Cal State Fullerton 65