Bring on the Titans!

The 2005 men's basketball team continues to plow through most of OSU's most dubious basketball records as they became the first team since 1990 to advance to postseason play. <br><br> The Beavers will square off against Cal State Fullerton (19-10) on Wednesday, March 16 at Gill Coliseum. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The winner of Wednesday's contest will face either Denver or San Francisco.

Tickets will go on sale Monday morning and may be purchased via phone (1-800-GOBEAVS), internet (www.osubeavers.com) or in person (at the Gill Coliseum ticket office). The ticket office will extend its hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Reserved seat tickets are $19 (chairbacks) or $12 (bench). Approximately 750 tickets are available to OSU students for free. Once those are gone, OSU student tickets will be $4 each. The normal $10 handling charge for phone orders and $7 handling charge for internet orders will not be charged on NIT orders.



Cal State Fullerton At A Glance

Record: 19-10 (12-6)
Conference: Big West
Nickname: Titans
Location: Fullerton, CA
Leading Scorer: Ralphy Holmes (16.4)
Leading Rebounder: Ralphy Holmes (8.4)
Assists Leader: Bobby Brown (5.0)

 

Team Stats
Points: 75.2
Rebounds: 37.1
Assists: 23.4
Turnovers: 13.4

Big Wins: Utah State
Good Losses: Pacific
Bad Losses: at Idaho, at Long Beach State

 

Cal State Fullerton Probable Starters

  • F #2 Yaphett King (6-4, 235, Sr, St. Petersberg, FL) ... second team All-Big West selection ... two game winning shots this year
  • F #15 Ralphy Holmes (6-4, 190, Sr, Philadelphia, PA) ... second team All-Big West selection ... second in the conference in scoring with a 16.4 average ... first in the conference in rebounding with a 8.3 average
  • F #32 Jamaal Brown (6-7, 235, Jr, Spartanburg, SC) ... honorable mention All-Big West selection ... fourth in the conference in rebounding with  7.1 per game ... three game winning shots this year
  • G #3 Bobby Brown (6-1, 170, So, Los Angeles, CA) ... honorable mention All-Big West selection ... fourth in the conference in scoring with a  16.3 average ... second in three-point field goals made with 2.56 per contest ... second in assists with  5.11 per game
  • G #14 Jermaine Harper (6-3, 170, Jr, Gardena, GA)

 

Notes:

  • Lost to Utah State (the Big West conference tournament champs) in the semi-finals of the Big West conference championship
  • Led the league in scoring offense with a 75.2 average
  • Second in the conference in turnover margin with a plus 2.2 mark
  • Last in the conference in blocked shots with 1.63 per game
  • First in rebounding with a 37.1 average
  • Second in steals with 7.11 per game
  • First in three point field goals made with 7.74 a game
  • Five players average 9.6 ppg or more
  • Fullerton has only shot more free throws  than its opponent only five times all season

 

2004-2005 Titan Team Accomplishments

  • Posted the school 's first winning season since the 1992-93 team went 15-12
  • Posted the most victories since the 1982-83 team went 21-8
  • Posted the best conference record since the 1982--83 team went 12-4
  • Claimed highest highest finish in the standings (tie for 3rd) since the 1984-85 team was third at 11-7
  • Posted the first winning road record (5-4) in conference games at the Div.I level (dates to 1974-75)
  • Posted the best home--court record (10-2) since the 1982-83 team went 13-0
  • First Div.I Titan team to win three road games consecutively (no home games to interrupt the streak)
  • Recorded their first post season win since 1998

CSF in the NIT

The Titans have made two appearances --in 1983 at 21-7 after an upset loss to Long Beach State in the opening round of the PCAA Tournament and in 1987 with a 17-12 record. The latter team had a 20-point home win over Washington (which cancelled the return game in Seattle) and also beat BYU and TCU in the pre-season and lost by one point at UCLA.

It also had Bay Area products Richard Morton and Henry Turner and the team was sent to Cal,where Kevin Johnson and the Golden Bears scored a 72-68 win in overtime. The 1983 team was sent to Arizona State where Byron Scott and Company won by the same 4-point margin,87-83.

 

TitanSports.org contributed to this report.


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