GAME NOTES: The Cal State Fullerton Titans try to go 2-for-2 on their road trip as they take on the Pacific Tigers in a Big West Conference matchup at the Spanos Center.
This will be the 84th meeting in history between these Golden State rivals. Pacific holds a 46-37 all-time series lead after the Titans narrowed the deficit by sweeping the Tigers in 2011-12. Fullerton won, 78-73, at home and a narrow, 69-68, in Stockton last season.
Fullerton ended it two-game slide on Thursday with a 95-88 victory over UC Davis in the first chapter of the road trip. The win pinned the Titans to a 12-8 overall record and lifted them one game above .500 in the Big West standings. D.J. Seeley finished with 32 points, six assists, and four steals after he went 11-of-16 from the field including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Kwame Vaughn was also very productive with 20 points, six assists, and three steals. Sammy Yeager contributed 16 points and a team-best eight rebounds while Alex Harris netted 10 points.
The Titans showed how quickly they can light up the scoreboard versus the Aggies, and they come into this game ranked third in the nation with 82.8 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting from the field. Defensively, Fullerton has struggled though, as it gives up 76.2 ppg. The up-tempo philosophy has helped Seeley (18.9) and Vaughn (17.9) rank second and third, respectively, on the Big West's scoring leaderboard. Both are also dishing out 4.1 assists per tilt while Yeager adds 15.45ppg to the mix. Vaughn, who had scored in double figures in every game this season, had his 21-game double- digit scoring streak snapped versus LBSU before starting a new one at UCD. Yeager, the Big West's third-best 3-point shooter in terms of percentage, is also one of the nation's best as his .467 mark from 3-point range had him ranked No. 11 in the nation entering this week.
The Tigers remained in sole possession of second place in the Big West standings (5-2) after their 63-58 decision over UC Riverside on Thursday night. Pacific has won five of its last six and has defeated notable teams such as Xavier, Saint Mary's, and Nevada. The Tigers boast just one double-figure scorer in Lorenzo McCloud at 11.5 points per game, but they shoot 46.8 percent as a team including 37.1 percent from beyond the arc.
The Tigers are the best defensive squad in the Big West with only 64.2 points allowed per contest. They were not overwhelming versus UCR, as the Highlanders shot 52.4 percent from the field. However, some gambling paid off as UCR only netted 58 points due to 20 turnovers. McCloud went 6-of-14 from the floor to score 17 points and although no other Tiger reached double figures, Khalil Kelley, Travis Fulton, and Sama Taku chipped in nine points each.
Pacific's deep rotation is the key to its defensive success, as the Tigers play very aggressively for short spurts before being subbed out to avoid fatigue. This is a winnable game for the Titans, especially if their dynamic duo continues to fill it up with ease.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Fullerton 81, Pacific 77
01/26 10:40:52 ET
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