After losing two games in Arizona, Cal State Fullerton will play its home opener against Sacramento State. The Hornets are 1-1, losing their opener at Stanford 77-59 and then beating Dominion at home 76-65.
The Titans played poorly at Northern Arizona, losing by 17, but then rebounded by out-playing Arizona State only to have the Pac-10 referees interfere, according to reports.
The officiating was so bad, head coach Bob Burtons said after the game, "I was really depressed by the officiating. I grew up watching Pac-10 officials, and I felt that they took some pride away from the Pac-10 officials."
Despite the one-sided calls, the Titans played hard throughout the game and appear to be making progress. Cal State Fullerton and Burton hope that the third times a charm and the Titans can notch the first-year head coach his first Div. I victory.
Sacramento State is lead by UMass transfer Jameel Pugh, a 6-5 wing player. He has 26 points in the two games thus far. Another wing player, Joel Jones, who sat out last year as a redshirt leads the team in rebounds with 7 per game.
Sac State is very athletic and the Titans should be expecting pressure defense throughout the game. Sac State will mix up pressure packages by trapping, providing full court man to man pressure, and in some situations, playing a full-court zone defense.
If freshman point man Bobby Brown struggles early, expect Senior Zakee Smith to come in and try to cut through the defense.
Game 3: Sacramento
Saturday, November 29, 2003 @ Titan Gym
|Cal State Fullerton (0-2, 0-0)||205||277||197|
|Sacramento State (1-1, 0-0)||59||333||106|
|The Line: CSF by 10 (TitanCentral.com estimate)|
Here are the projected starting lineups:
|Pos||Cal State Fullerton||Sacramento State|
|PG||Bobby Brown||6-1, 170||DaShawn Freeman||5-11, 160|
|SG||Derick Andrew||6-2, 180||Joel Jones||6-5, 200|
|SF||Anthony Bolton||6-7, 190||Jameel Pugh||6-5, 215|
|PF||Hardy Asprilla||6-5, 225||Cedric Thompkins||6-7, 225|
|C||Pape Sow||6-10, 250||Tony Champion||6-10, 250|
First off the Bench
|Zakee Smith, PG||6-0, 175||Brandon Guyton, G||6-1, 190|
|Yaphett King, F||6-4, 235||Joseth Dawson, G||6-1, 185|
|Babacar Camara||6-10, 250||Chris Lange, F||6-8, 225|
|Brian Pruitt, F||6-6, 225|
|Cal State Fullerton||Sacramento State|
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THE QUICK SCENARIO: The Titans play their home opener Saturday night vs. Sacramento State and then head across the Los Angeles basin on Monday to visit Pepperdine. Fullerton is coming off an 0-2 road trip to Northern Arizona and Arizona State. In both games, the final few minutes of the first half proved the TiTans’ undoing. The Titans are shooting only .375 from the floor, .222 from 3-point and .561 from the line.
ABOUT THE HORNETS : Sacramento State lost its opener at Stanford, 77-59, and will host Dominican on Tuesday night for its home opener. Fourth-year Head Coach Jerome Jenkins has two starters back from a 12-17 team but got a game-best 18 points vs. the Cardinal from Massachusetts transfer Jameel Pugh, a 6-foot-5 wing player. Letterman guard Joseth Dawson had 11 points. The Hornets have a big veteran center in 6-foot-10, 260-pound senior Tony Champion.