Titan Host Southern Utah

Fullerton, CA -- After playing and splitting 4 road games in a span of 34 days including Fall semester finals, the Titans (4-2) play three games in Titan Gym in a span of six nights beginning Monday night vs. Southern Utah.

UPCOMING:
Mon., Dec. 17 -- Southern Utah, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m. PST
Thur., Dec. 20 -- Montana, Titan Gym (4,000), 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 22 -- Wright State, Titan Gym (4,000), 3:05 p.m.

IN A NUTSHELL: After playing and splitting 4 road games in a span of 34 days including Fall semester finals, the Titans (4-2) play three games in Titan Gym in a span of six nights beginning Monday night vs. Southern Utah. It’s a “rematch” homestand -- the Titans earlier this season won at Southern Utah and Montana and lost last year at Wright State as part of the ESPNU Bracket Buster schedule.

AUDIO: All Titan games can be heard live on the internet on computers with sound cards. Listeners may access the CSF Athletics home page at www.fullertontitans.com and follow the links. Todd Reeves will be the announcer for Southern Utah while Justin Alderson will be mikeside for the Montana and Wright State contests.

VIDEO: All Titan home games and road Big West Conference games are available via videostreaming on a subscription basis. Details are available on the Big West website at www.bigwest.org.

PROBABLE STARTERS:
No. Name Ht. Yr. ppg r/apg Quick Notes
F 5 Frank Robinson** 6-4 Sr. 15.8 6.8r Career-high 30 points on 11-for-16 shooting at Montana
F 2 Scott Cutley* 6-5 Sr. 11.7 7.7r Missed only six weeks with fractured right ankle; first start at Montana
F 34 Marcus Morgan* 6-5 Jr. 5.2 5.0r Career highs of 13 points, 9 rebounds at Arizona
G 1 Josh Akognon 6-1 Jr. 21.7 2.5r Averaging 4.5 made 3-pointers per game
G 54 Marcus Crenshaw* 5-10 Jr. 8.5 2.2a Got first start since Nov. 22, 2006, at Montana

OFF THE BENCH:
C 21 Kenneth Alexander* 6-6 Sr. 6.5 2.3r Career-high 17 points off the bench at Southern Utah
C 42 Andrew Green* 6-6 Sr. 5.8 3.2r Made first Titan career start vs. Cal State L.A.
G 15 Junior Russell 5-6 Jr. 4.8 3.0a Scored 16 points off the bench at Central Michigan
G 22 Ray Reed* 5-11 Sr. 4.3 1.3a Made 3 of 5 shots vs. CSU Bakersfield
G 11 Marcio Lassiter 6-2 Jr. 2.3 0.3a Scored 9 points in 11 minutes of action at Montana
C 13 Eddie Lima 6-9 Jr. 3.0 1.6r Made 3 of 4 shots vs. CSU Bakersfield
*letters earned

SERIES HISTORIES: The Titans are 2-0 against Southern Utah including a 78-63 win in Cedar City on Nov. 17. The Titans are 2-6 vs. Montana (0-3 in Titan Gym) including a 100-91 win on Nov. 30 in Missoula. The Titans are 0-1 vs. Wright State, a 77-62 loss in Dayton last season.

ABOUT THE THUNDERBIRDS: Southern Utah takes a 2-7 record into a Saturday night home game vs. Utah Valley State. Forward Geoff Payne is the only player in double figures, averaging 21.9 points per game as well as a team-high 7.6 rebounds.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: After a 5-2 start that included losses to nationally ranked Gonzaga and Washington State, the Grizzlies have lost two in a row and embark on a 3-game road trip beginning with a Saturday game at Pacific to be followed by a Monday game at Santa Clara.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS: Wright State takes a 3-3 record (1-1 Horizon League) into a Saturday night home conference game against Miami of Ohio. Wright State is coming off an overtime loss to Bradley after beating No. 3-ranked Butler, 43-42, in its conference opener.

THE COACH: Bob Burton is 72-53 in his fifth year at Cal State Fullerton and career. At .576, Burton has the second best winning percentage
of any Titans’ head coach, trailing only Bobby Dye (109-78, .583). His four previous 7-game records at Fullerton: 3-4 in 2003-04; 4-3 in 2004-05; 5-2 in 2005-06; and 5-2 last season.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Under Coach Bob Burton, the Titans are 39-15 (.722) in Titan Gym.

THESE 30 ROAD WINS MUCH QUICKER: Under Bob Burton, the Titans have made dramatic strides as a road team. In the past three seasons plus this season to date, they are 30-27 (.526) away from Titan Gym. For the previous 10 seasons (1994-95 thru 2003-04) the combined road record was 30-115. With a 3-11 mark in his first season (2003-04), Burton’s total CSF road record is 33-38.

HEALING MAN CUTLEY: The Titans’ returning first-team All-Big West Conference senior forward Scott Cutley returned to the practice floor during Thanksgiving weekend, came off the bench at Arizona and started at Montana, six weeks after suffering a fractured right ankle. Last season he missed only one game despite a broken thumb. He led the Big West in rebounding last year. He led the team with 9 rebounds against Montana and had his first double-double of the year (12th of his career) with 21 points and 11 rebounds at Central Michigan.|

AKOGNON LIKES THE TEMPO: Josh Akognon is averaging 4.5 3-point field goals per game at 27-for-65 (.415) while leading the team in scoring at 21.7 points per game. He has averaged 6 treys in the four Titan wins and 1.5 treys in the two losses. The Washington State transfer led the Cougars in scoring in 2005-06 but made just under two treys per game while averaging 10.3 points.

ROBINSON REBOUNDS: Frank Robinson bounced back from one of his worst games as a Titan at Arizona to score a career-high 30 points at Montana to go with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. He was 1-for-7 from the floor in Tucson and 11-for-16 in Missoula. He had a double-double at Central Michigan with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
CRENSHAW STARTS: Junior guard Marcus Crenshaw, the Big West Conference’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2006-07, started at Montana (and Central Michigan) after 31 consecutive appearances off the bench. He started his first three games as a Titan in November of 2006 when the roster was short three suspended players. He is only 17 makes away from moving into the Titans’ all-time Top Ten list for successful treys.

MORGAN SHINES IN TV SPOTLIGHT: Marcus Morgan had his best statistical game against easily the toughest opponent he has faced in his 36-game Titan career. He scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while playing solid defense at Arizona. Two nights later in Montana, with a large contingent of family members watching, he got into early foul trouble and finished with only 2 points and 3 rebounds in 13 minutes of action. He also got into foul trouble at Central Michigan and finished with 3 points and 2 rebounds in 13 minutes.

SURVEY SAYS: Cal State Fullerton was a consensus third-place prediction at the annual Big West Conference Basketball Media Day on Oct. 24 behind UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly SLO. The Titans were third in the media poll and tied for third with Pacific in the coaches poll.

LIFE ON THE ROAD: A recap of the Titans’ long trip to Central Michigan:

Leave campus Friday at 6:20 a.m. in light rain for bus ride to LAX. Arrive at 7:30 for 8:55 a.m. flight. With high tail winds, arrive early in Detroit at 3:30 p.m. EST, which only lengthens layover to 2 hours for short 5:19 p.m. flight to Saginaw, where picked up by bus in 30 degree weather (snow on the ground) for 1-hour ride to Rose Arena and practice at 7:30 p.m. Check into hotel about 9:30 p.m.

Sunday: leave hotel at 7:30 a.m. for bus ride to Saginaw Airport, arriving 8:30 a.m. for 10:30 a.m. flight that takes off at 11 a.m. due to weight reduction procedure and de-icing. Rush (no food) to make connection in Detroit, only to sit on plane for one hour due to mechanical problem and de-icing. Head winds lengthen flight home to 4:40 so landing at LAX is about one hour late. Bus ride back to campus for 4 p.m. arrival. Total time gone: 57.5 hours -- on planes: 12 hours; on buses: 5 hours; in airports: 6.5 hours; in Rose Arena: 6 hours; sleep, eat and other: 28 hours.

But don’t complain: The Detroit airport has been closed periodically since Sunday night due to freezing rain, so the team could still be in Detroit!