Scouting Report: Sacramento State

Cal State Fullerton faces Sacramento State in their home opener on Saturday night. Tip off is set for 7:00 pm at Titan Gym with a pre-game Chalk Talk scheduled for 5:00 pm at the University Village. For Chalk talk info, email the Titan Hoop Club at:

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 State
Saturday, November 29, 2003 @ Titan Gym

Rankings CollegeRPI Massey Sagarin
Cal State Fullerton (0-2, 0-0) 205 277 197
Sacramento State (1-1, 0-0) 59 333 106
The Line: CSF by 10 ( 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    



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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.