DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 16th, 6:05 p.m. (PT).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Titan Gym (3,500) -- Fullerton, California. Television: None. Home Record: CSUN 4-2, Fullerton 6-1. Away Record: CSUN 0-7, Fullerton 2-5. Neutral Record: CSUN 2-1, Fullerton 0-1. Conference Record: CSUN 1-3, Fullerton 3-1. Series Record: Cal State Fullerton leads, 33-25.
GAME NOTES: With a 3-1 record in Big West play, Fullerton is all alone at the top of the league standings entering the weekend. On Thursday night, the team dismissed Cal Poly at home in a 68-54 final. The victory was the third in a row and the fourth in the last five games for a team that at one point lost six of seven outings to non-conference foes.
As for the Matadors, they have had a very rough road so far in 2009-10, losing three of the first four games of the campaign and then suffering through a seven-game slide for more than a month. However, two nights ago the team came up with a strong defensive effort and picked up a 64-50 win against UC Riverside. The victory was the second in a row following a 98-90 explosion against Seattle University.
Fullerton leads the series with the Matadors by a count of 33-25 coming into this season, with the most recent meeting going in favor of the Titans a year ago, 91-87, on the road at the Matadome.
It was the best defensive stand of the season thus far for the Matadors, holding UCR to just 50 points a couple nights back. Even more impressive was the fact that the Highlanders were allowed to convert just four field goals in the second half. Kenny Daniels was responsible for 17 points, hitting 7-of-8 chances at the free-throw line, and Lenny Daniel chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Daniels is the top scorer for the program through 16 games, putting up 14.8 ppg as he shoots 53.6 percent from the field and an even 80 percent at the free-throw line. Unfortunately, not many on the roster have been able to duplicate his efforts at the stripe and now the Matadors are connecting on only 64.7 percent. Compare that to 72.7 percent accuracy at the line by the opposition and it is easy to see why CSUN is being outscored by almost six points per game.
Gerard Anderson finished with 20 points for Fullerton, converting 12-of-16 chances at the free-throw line on the night, as the team defeated Cal Poly at home earlier this week. Also scoring in double figures for the program was Jer'Vaughn Johnson who dropped in 17 points, thanks in large part to his 9- of-11 at the stripe, while also clearing a team-best 10 rebounds in the victory. Devon Peltier and Bryce Webster responded with 11 points apiece for a team that picked up a victory despite shooting only 37 percent from the field and 4-of-17 behind the three-point line. Johnson is currently leading a trio of double-digit scorers for the Titans with his 10.6 ppg, even though he is shooting just 39.3 percent from the field and has connected on a mere 4-of-23 chances behind the three-point line. Jacques Streeter adds 10.5 ppg to the attack and is tops with better than four assists per game in an effort to keep his teammates involved in the action.
Cal State Northridge has yet to win a single game on the road this season and considering how poorly the team has performed at the free-throw line, it doesn't appear as if anything is going to change today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Fullerton 68, Northridge 62
TitanCentral.com Predicted Outcome: Cal State Fullerton 75, Northridge 68