DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 8th, 10:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alex G. Spanos Center (6,150) -- Stockton, California. Television: Local. Home Record: CSF 11-0, Pacific 4-4. Away Record: CSF 5-5, Pacific 3-7. Neutral Record: CSF 0-0, Pacific 1-2. Conference Record: CSF 6-3, Pacific 4-4. Series Record: Pacific leads, 41-30.
GAME NOTES: A couple of teams trying to bounce back from a tough loss meet at the Spanos Center tonight, as the Cal State Fullerton Titans do battle with the Pacific Tigers in Big West Conference play. The Titans kicked off a three- game road swing on a really low note on Saturday, as they dropped an 82-76 decision to a UC Riverside club that had been winless in BWC play. The loss not only snapped the team's three-game win streak, but it also knocked it out of first place in the league standings at 6-3. Still, CSF stands at a solid 16-5 overall and that includes and even 5-5 mark on the road. As for Pacific, it concluded a brief two-game road swing with an embarrassing 92-64 loss at Long Beach State on Saturday. It was the second setback in the last three games by the Tigers, who dropped to 8-13 overall and an even 4-4 in conference play. Pacific leads the all-time series with CSF, 41-30, but the Titans snapped a six-game losing streak to the Tigers with a 76-70 triumph earlier this season.
The Titans turned the ball over 19 times and made just 2-of-16 three pointers, as they were upset by UC Riverside this past weekend. The team also struggled at the foul line, converting just 18-of-30 free-throw attempts. Frank Robinson guided the team in defeat with 18 points, while Bobby Brown logged 14 points and eight assists. On the season, Brown ranks among the top scorers in the BWC with an average of 19.4 ppg, and he is also handing out a team-high 5.5 apg. Scott Cutley is nearly averaging a double-double with 16.8 ppg and a team-best 9.4 rpg, while Robinson adds 11.9 ppg and 5.4 rpg. Overall, the Titans are among the top scoring teams in the nation, averaging a healthy 83.6 ppg, behind 47.4 percent shooting from the field.
The Tigers had no success in trying to slow down Long Beach State on Saturday, allowing it to shoot 57.1 percent from the field, including an 11-of-24 effort from long range, in a 28-point loss. Pacific itself, hit on 44.2 percent from floor, but it went just 7-of-23 from behind the arc and committed 16 turnovers. Anthony Brown paced the squad in defeat with 18 points and six boards. On the season, Brown leads the Tigers in both scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg) and he is also shooting 52.5 percent from the field. Steffan Johnson chips in with 10.3 ppg for Pacific, which is scoring 66.1 ppg on 43.9 percent shooting from the field this season.
Both teams are coming off a poor showing and that is what makes this contest so important. The Titans are clearly the more explosive team here and their balanced attack is what should help them pull off a big road win tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Fullerton 77, Pacific 72
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