The Titans (5-3) face Eastern Washington (5-3). Tip-off is today at 3:00 pm in Dilapidated Titan Gym.
Eastern Washington Eagles Scouting Report
- Last game beat DIII Linfield 104-54. Other notable wins are at Hawaii by 15 and at Idaho by 7. Have also beat UC Davis at home by 20.
- Losses are at Gonzaga (12 points), at Oregon (8) and at Washington State (26).
- Eagles lead the Big Sky in forcing turnovers; Cal State Fullerton is eight in Big West in turnover margin.
- EW has an 8-man rotation in close games and have only 10 eligible players on their roster. Starting five is very athletic, can really shoot the ball and have a ton of talent. They also have three pretty good bench players. Other than Wichita State, EW is by far the best team the Titans have faced this season.
- 6-6, 200 pound JC Transfer Collin Chiverton is EW's leading scorer at 16.4 ppg and will likely win Big Sky's newcomer of the year. He's athletic and can shoot it from long range (45%). He is an absolute stud but can have mediocre games as evidenced in the loss against WSU (12 points, 3-11 on FG's). He shoots 95% on free throws.
- Senior guard 6-0 (more like 5-10) point guard Cliff Colimonis second on the team at 13 ppg and is also distributing 5.8 assists per game. He's emotional and will play either very good or very bad. He's extremely strong for his size and a great defender when not pouting. The Titans need to get into his head early.
- 6-7, 200 pound senior Cliff Ederaine is a tremendous rebounder, averaging 7.5 per game and is also the third Eagle to average in double digits at 11 ppg. When he defends Omondi Amoke he will have a size advantage with his long arms.
- The bruiser is 6-8, 200 senior Laron Griffin. Because of foul trouble and poor free throw shooting, he only averages 20 mpg but pulls down 7 rpb. He will also be tasked with beating up, er, guarding Amoke.
- Isiah Umipig's former Federal Way High School teammate Jeffrey Forbes is a 5-10 junior shooting guard with great speed and quickness who is also fantastic from the outside. He is hitting 43% on 3-pointers and set a single season school record for free throw percentage (.900, 54-of-60) last year. While on the same team in 2008-09, Forbes averaged 12.1 ppg while Umipig netted 6.2.
- Bench of 6-7 Tremayne Johnson, 6-9 Jordan Hickert and 5-11 Kevin Winford would all start on many Big West teams.
- Keys to game for Titans. Attack Ederaine and Griffen early to get them in foul trouble. Take care of the ball, clamp down big-time on the open 3-point looks and simply ignore the lack of fan support.
- Vegas has Titans winning by 4 with the score of 73-69.
- "Cal State Fullerton is a really good team," said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. "They loaded up with some transfers who had to sit out last year. Bob Burton is a long-time friend of mine and I have tremendous respect for him. They just went in and laid the hammer to Utah."