Pregame report - UC Riverside Highlanders

The Titans (3-10, 0-4) wrap up a string of four consecutive road games with a single contest this week at UC Riverside. Fullerton is off to an 0-4 start in Big West Conference play. The Titans' last did that in 1993-94 when they won game No. 5 and finished up 6-12. The 1987-88 team opened up 0-7 but rallied for a 7-11 mark.

Two of this year’s losses came at home by a total of 3 points and the other two losses were on the road -- by 10 points at UC Irvine when the Titans let a lead get away and by 8 at Long Beach State. Overall, the Titans have lost five in a row including a Dec. 29 non-conference loss at Northern Arizona. They still are ahead of last year’s (5-23) pace, when win No. 3 didn’t come until game No. 16 and win No. 4 didn’t come until game No. 24.

ABOUT THE HIGHLANDERS: UC Riverside (5-7, 2-2) has taken care of several firsts in its first season in the Big West Conference. The Highlanders got their first Big West win on Dec. 22 vs. Cal Poly and last week won their first Big West road game at Long Beach State. Sophomore forward Vili Morton leads the team with averages of 12.4 ppg and 9.0 rpg. The Titans and Highlanders split a pair of well separated games last season in non-conference play. UCR won at home (59-52) on Nov. 25 despite Kevin Richardson’s career-high 24 points. The Titans won at home (70-59) in the season finale on Mar. 3 as UCR played without three injured regulars. Fullerton has a 9-8 lead in the all-time series, which had seen only one game (1984-85) played since the 1973-74 season.

Game 14: UC Riverside Highlanders
Saturday, January 12, 2002 @ Riverside

Rankings CollegeRPI Sagarin
Cal State Fullerton (3-10, 0-4) 289 273
UC Riverside (5-7, 2-2) 211 170

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  • N/A (TitanCentral guess: UCR by 7)


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