Newman's Notes: Eastern Washington

Cal State Fullerton loses for the first time this year, falling to Eastern Washington 110-100 on the road. The Titans (4-1), who set a school record for most points in a defeat. The old CSF mark for points in defeat was 96 points, twice back in the early 1960s.

Disclaimer: These notes are paraphrased from a brief conversation with coach Andy Newman. Some information may not be exact quotes but the did its best to capture the points being made:

 Previous Notes

Nov. 25th, 2006 Louisiana-Lafayette
Nov. 21st, 2006 UT-San Antonio
Nov. 14th, 2006 Hope International
Nov. 7th, 2006 SDSU Scrimmage
  • Bottom line and has already been said but the Titans simply hit a wall and ran out of gas
  • Just too many breakdowns defensively. The team knew what they were doing wrong but were just a step slow and didn't have the legs to pressure.
  • Once our core guys get into basketball shape, defense will improve.
  • The biggest problem on defense was our guards were not helping the helper. EWU would penetrate, causing our bigs to step over and help but no one was stepping over to cover his guy which produced a lot of easy buckets.
  • Staff feels this was a one-game anomaly as far as being a step slower.
  • Ray Reed was about the only player who looked decent on defense.
  • Rodney Stuckey is as good as advertised and will get a shot to play in the NBA, most likely as a point guard. (He plays wing this year for the Eagles)
  • Roles are now being more clearly defined. After the EWU game coach Burton had individual talks with each player and explained what they needed to do to help the team.
  • 60 Degrees: That's the temperature drop from where the Titans began their road-trip in San Antonio (76 degrees) to where they finished in Cheney, WA (16 degrees).
  • Titans are looking forward to being in SoCal and Coach Newman is looking forward to speaking at the Chalk Talk on Saturday.