Cal State Fullerton (7-5) at Hawaii (7-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 3, 11:59 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) -- Honolulu, Hawaii. Television: OC Sports. Home Record: Fullerton 4-1, Hawaii 6-4. Away Record: Fullerton 1-4, Hawaii 0-1. Neutral Record: Fullerton 2-0, Hawaii 1-0. Conference Record: Fullerton 1-0, Hawaii 1-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 2-2.
GAME NOTES: The top two teams in the Big West Conference get together at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu on Thursday, as the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors entertain the Titans of Cal State Fullerton.
Hawaii, which is playing at home for the 11th time in 13 games already this season, is coming off a 74-71 victory against Cal State Northridge last Saturday. The victory was the second in the last three outings for a team that began the campaign with four wins in five tries.
As for the Titans, they are currently enjoying a four-game win streak, thanks to an 86-79 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the conference opener last Saturday. The team is 4-1 at home as a result, but being out on the road is a different story, with the squad winning only once in five tries on an opponent's home floor.
According to Hawaii's records, the teams are tied at two games apiece in the all-time series, the most recent meeting in 2010 going to the Warriors by a score of 84-70 at home. In fact, every game in the series to this point has been played on the island.
Sammy Yeager erupted for a career-high 30 points, leading four players in double figures, as the Titans captured an 86-79 win over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in the Big West Conference opener for both programs at Titan Gym over the weekend. Yeager made good on an impressive 8-of-11 from 3-point range for the Titans. Also having a strong game for the hosts was Kwame Vaughn with 27 points as he converted all 12 of his chances at the free-throw line, adding six rebounds and four assists. D.J. Seeley and Jared Brandon tacked on 14 and 10 points, respectively. Yeager, who was named the Big West Player of the Week on Monday, is fourth on the unit in scoring through 12 games with his 14.2 ppg, trailing only Vaughn (19.0 ppg) and Seeley (18.4 ppg) who have been rather consistent performers for the Titans. All three players are capable of attacking from 3-point range, which is why the team is one of the best in the country with 40.9 percent accuracy from the outside.
Hauns Brereton knocked down a pair of free throws with 9.7 seconds remaining to give the Rainbow Warriors some breathing room as they picked up the three- point win over the Cal State Northridge Matadors in Big West Conference play at the Stan Sheriff Center last Saturday night. Brereton finished with eight points for Hawaii. Leading the way on offense for the hosts was Christian Standhardinger with 17 points, adding eight rebounds, but at the same time he shot a miserable 1-of-9 at the free-throw line. Isaac Fotu registered a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards, as did Vander Joaquim with 12 points and 11 rebounds as well. As a team, Hawaii shot only 16-of-31 at the charity stripe and turned the ball over 18 times. Even though the Warriors are scoring a respectable 73.6 ppg, the fact that they are converting just 64.3 percent at the line means they are leaving a lot of points unrealized. Standhardinger leads the group with 15.7 ppg, but his 61.6 percent at the stripe continues to pose a problem.
Turnovers and missed free throws are going to haunt the Rainbow Warriors for the entire season unless they clean up their act. Against a high-scoring program like Fullerton, Hawaii needs all the points it can get.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Fullerton 79, Hawaii 71
01/03 10:40:58 ET