Scouting Report: NAU (Second time around)

Cal State Fullerton gets a a shot at redemption when Northern Arizona comes to Titan Gym on Saturday nightwith a start time of 7:05 pm (PST).

NAU handed the Titans their first loss of the season 77-60, up in Flagstaff. Cold shooting, lack of oxygen and poor perimeter defense were the culprits in their matchup last month.

As before, NAU is expected to launch as many three-pointers as their opponent will allow so Cal State Fullerton needs to adjust. It it not uncommon to see the Lumberjacks have four players behind the arch ready to fire. Expect the Titans to play man as long as they are affective.

For the Titans, this is a game Pape Sow should dominate but having nine NBA scouts in attendance watching his every move will no doubt affect his game. If he can just continue to perform strong on the boards and the Titans use their athleticism, the high-altitude sickness they suffered in the first game will be forgotten.

TitanCentral.com's Pick to Click: Anthony Bolton. Only because he is ready to break out and hit some needed threes. Bolton has shown glimpses of breaking out and tonight sounds like a good opportunity. Pape would be my initial pick but he may struggle giving all the attention coming his way. Throw in all the double and triple teams he will be seeing and it's fairly easy to see why Pape may not have his best game.

 

Game 5: Northern Arizona
Friday, November 21, 2003 @ Titan Gym

Rankings CollegeRPI Massey Sagarin
Cal State Fullerton (1-3, 0-0) 304 256 195
Northern Arizona (2-3, 0-0) 280 222 169
The Line: Titans by 3

Here are the projected starting lineups:

Pos Cal State Fullerton Northern Arizona
PG Zakee Smith 6-0, 175 Feuerbach, Kyle 6-1, 197
SG Derick Andrew 6-2, 180 Golob, Kelly 6-5, 197
SF Anthony Bolton 6-7, 190 Yazzie, Kodiak 6-3, 196
PF Brian Pruitt 6-6, 225 Boykin, Jr., Ruben. 6-7, 185
C Pape Sow 6-10, 250 Hayes, Adrian 6-8, 210
First off the Bench
  Bobby Brown, PG 6-1, 170 Bond, Aaron, F 6-7, 215
  Yaphett King, F 6-4, 235 Ferguson, Chris, G 6-2, 170
  Babacar Camara 6-10, 250 Garnett, Stephen, F 6-4, 195
  David Warsaw 6-4, 200 Burger, Chad, F 6-6, 205
  Hardy Asprilla, F 6-5, 225 Kjellbom, Joakim, C 7-0, 225

 

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THE QUICK SCENARIO: The Titans (1-3) try to avenge an opening night loss (77-60) in Flagstaff with a quick return home game against Northern Arizona. Fullerton will try to ride the momentum of an impressive win on Monday night at Pepperdine, a team that had beaten Colorado and lost by only 2 points at Oklahoma State earlier in the week. This is the mid-point of the 9-game non-conference schedule.

ABOUT THE LUMBERJACKS: Northern Arizona is 2-3 after an 83-70 loss on Monday night at Oral Roberts. NAU beat San Jose Christian, 105-46, for its only other win. Its other losses were at Arizona (107-73) and at Wichita State (68-51), making the Lumberjacks 2-0 at home and 0-3 on the road. Kodiak Yazzie is the leading scorer at 12.2 points per game with Kelly Golob right behind at 11.8. As a team, NAU shoots 40 percent from 3-point range including 10 of 18 at Oral Roberts. Chris Ferguson has made 12 of 23 (.521).