DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 9th, 10:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Viejas Arena (12,414) -- San Diego, California. Television: Local. Home Record: Fullerton 2-0, SDSU 3-0. Away Record: Fullerton 1-1, SDSU 3-2. Neutral Record: Fullerton 0-1, SDSU 2-1. Conference Record: Fullerton 0-0, SDSU 0-0. Series Record: San Diego State leads, 20-10.
GAME NOTES: Former members of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, the Cal State Fullerton Titans mix it up with the San Diego State Aztecs in non- conference action tonight at Viejas Arena.
The Aztecs are currently riding a three-game win streak and have won all three of their contests at home thus far. Last Saturday, the team posted a 69-61 victory over UC Santa Barbara on the road, moving SDSU to 6-2 overall.
As for the Titans, they won their first three games of the season, one of those coming against UCLA on the road. But, more recently, the squad has dropped two in a row, falling to Central Arkansas and then Stephen F. Austin on Friday and Saturday, respectively, during the Stephen F. Austin Tournament in Texas.
SDSU dominated this series when it began in 1964, ripping off 10 straight wins over the Titans to eventually forge a 20-10 lead overall heading into tonight's meeting. In the last bout back in 2004, the Aztecs logged a narrow 63-60 win, snapping what had become a four-game win streak for Fullerton.
Trailing by as many as 11 points less than six minutes into the first half, the Titans battled back against SFA and actually held a five-point edge in the second before being squeezed out in the final moments of the one-point decision. Leading four players in double figures was Jer'Vaughn Johnson with 13 points, followed by Aaron Thompson, Jacques Streeter and Devon Peltier all of whom dropped in 11 points as the team suffered 19 turnovers. Thompson stands as the top scorer for this group after five games with his 14.0 ppg, the school averaging a modest 71.0 ppg even after posting only 49 points in the loss to Central Arkansas. Streeter is responsible for 10.0 ppg, but his 34.3 percent shooting from the field leaves a lot to be desired. Free-throw shooting has been a positive for the Titans as they've made good on 79.5 percent of their opportunities, compared to just 69 percent for opponents who have also combined to shoot 36.9 percent from the floor and a paltry 24.8 percent behind the three-point line.
The Aztecs began their meeting with UCSB at the Thunderdome on a 21-9 run and appeared to be ready to put some considerable distance between themselves and the home team, but in the end SDSU had to settle for the eight-point win. Tyrone Shelley paced the visitors with 17 points and eight boards, while Malcolm Thomas added 15 points, Kawhi Leonard and D.J. Gay chipping in with 13 apiece. Coming up small in the meeting with Billy White who, since scoring 22 and 20 points in back-to-back games versus Fresno State and Pacific, respectively, has watched his point production decrease with each outing and bottom out at a meager four points against the Gauchos over the weekend. Being charged with four fouls obviously kept White from being too active, but in order for the Aztecs to really be a threat this season he needs to be smarter on the floor. In terms of scoring average, White is first on the team with 13.3 ppg and is also one of the better rebounders with nearly six boards per outing.
If White can play with intensity and do so without getting into foul trouble the Aztecs will be hard to handle, otherwise Fullerton has a shot at pulling off a rare road win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Diego State 72, Cal State Fullerton 65