DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 4th, 10:05 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Titan Gym (3,500) -- Fullerton, California. Television: None. Home Record: CSN 4-1, CSF 6-0. Away Record: CSN 0-5, CSF 4-3. Neutral Record: CSN 2-0, CSF 0-0. Conference Record: CSN 0-1, CSF 1-1. Series Record: Cal State Fullerton leads, 28-23.
GAME NOTES: The Cal State Fullerton Titans kick off a three-game homestand by hosting the Cal State Northridge Matadors in Big West Conference action from Titan Gym tonight. The Titans had their five-game winning streak stopped on the road on Saturday, as they suffered an 84-76 setback to UC Santa Barbara. Despite the loss, CSF, at 10-3 overall, is still off to its best start since the 1990-91 season. The team returns home where it is 6-0 this season and has won 10 straight games dating back to the 2005-06 campaign. As for CSN, it was last in action on Saturday when it suffered a 68-64 setback at Pacific in its BWC opener. It was the second straight loss by the Matadors who fell to an even 6-6 overall and 0-5 on the road. With regard to the all-time series, CSF owns a 28-23 edge over CSN thanks to a five-game win streak over the Matadors.
The Matadors are one of the top scoring teams around, as they enter the game averaging a healthy 80.8 ppg on 46.2 percent shooting from the field. Jonathan Heard currently leads the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) and he is also pulling down 5.0 rpg. Calvin Chitwood provides a nice complement and he is turning in 14.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg. In the team's last game, CSN's high powered attack was slowed down as it made just 4-of-17 three-point attempts in a four-point loss to Pacific. The team shot 43.6 percent from the floor, but allowed Pacific to hit on 54.8 percent. Heard paced the squad in defeat with 16 points and three rebounds.
Much like their opponent, the Titans have thrived at the offensive end of the court this season, averaging an impressive 87.3 ppg on 47.3 percent shooting form the field. Bobby Brown leads this explosive attack with a healthy 21.1 ppg and he is also dishing out a team-high 5.1 apg. Scott Cutley has been a force in the low post and he is nearly averaging a double-double with 15.9 ppg and a club-best 9.0 rpg. Justin Burns adds 12.1 ppg and 6.8 rpg, while Frank Robinson contributes 11.6 ppg and 5.2 apg. In the team's last outing, Cutley poured in 25 points and ripped down nine caroms, but it still wasn't enough for CSF in an eight-point setback to UC Santa Barbara. Robinson chipped in with 13 points for the Titans, who struggled from long range (5-of-20), in addition to allowing UCSB to shoot 57.7 percent from the field.
Both teams can put a lot of points on the board so expect a fast paced and entertaining affair. CSF, however, has the edge playing at home and with another big offensive showing it should prevail tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: CS Fullerton 92, CS Northridge 77
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