Cal State Fullerton (1-2) vs. Green Bay (2-1)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada.
Television: None. Home Record: CSF 0-0, Green Bay 1-0. Away Record: CSF 0-2,
Green Bay 0-1. Neutral Record: CSF 1-0, Green Bay 0-1. Conference Record: CSF
0-0, Green Bay 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: In the final day of the World Vision Classic, the Green Bay
Phoenix will meet up with the Cal State Fullerton Titans at Lawlor Events
The Phoenix are in the unenviable position of having to pick itself back up
off a heartbreaking loss. A 3-pointer from Nevada's Deonte Burton with 1.3
seconds left in regulation dashed Green Bay's hopes on Saturday as the Phoenix
lost to Nevada 71-69. The defeat was the first of the season for Green Bay
which has a road trip to face Idaho in its next game.
On the other side Cal State Fullerton is riding high into this contest. The
Titans were on fire in their first win of the season on Saturday when they
blasted Southern Utah 112-69. The Titans will play their first home game of
the season in their next matchup against San Diego Christian.
This is the first meeting between these teams.
Green Bay fought its way back against Nevada and led after Alec Brown nailed a
3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining. The Phoenix got off to a slow start,
shooting 33.3 percent in the first half but heated up to 51.9 percent shooting
in the final 20 minutes. Green Bay was the superior team on the boards with 39
rebounds to Nevada's 34 but was also guilty of a game-high 17 turnovers.
Brennan Cougill paced the offense with 16 points.
Guard Keifer Sykes had only 11 points against Nevada which was a season low.
Thus Sykes, who is playing a team-high 34 minutes per contest, is scoring at a
very high rate (18.3 ppg). Also in double figures this season are Cougill
(14.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Alec Brown (10.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg). As a 7-foot-1 center
Brown is not normally one to hit shots from the outside but more often a
consistent presence on the inside. Cougill, who stands at 6-foot-9 teams with
Brown to give the Phoenix an imposing frontline. The Phoenix don't get a whole
lot in terms of production from the bench with all five starters playing at
least 25 minutes per game. Carrington Love (5.3 ppg) and Sultan Muhammad (4.0
ppg) are3 the top reserves though each is playing just about 15 minutes per
Cal State Fullerton put on a dazzling offensive display in its win over
Southern Utah. The Titans shot at a scorching 64.9 percent clip in the game,
including a 12-of-17 effort from 3-point range. The Titans also posted
impressive number in assists (30), while recording 20 steals and forcing
30 turnovers overall. D.J. Seeley was an offensive juggernaut in the game,
scoring 32 points on a 10-of-13 shooting effort.
Seeley gives Cal State Fullerton a clear answer for Sykes' scoring for Green
Bay. The senior guard (20.3 ppg) is the leading scorer for the team but has
not been a selfish player as he hands out 5.7 assists per contest. The most
common recipients of Seeley's helpers are Kwame Vaughn and Sammy Yeager.
Vaughn, a senior guard, is scoring 17.0 points per game this season, while
also rebounding well from the backcourt (4.7 pg). Yeager, a senior forward,
patrols the interior for the Titans scoring 16.3 points per game while pulling
down a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest. Even with Yeager's efforts the
Titans have not been a strong rebounding team, bringing in only 30.3 per game.
Alex Harris (10.0 ppg) is off the a good start early on in his sophomore
season especially considering his 5-of-5 effort from beyond the arc against
The duel between Seeley and Sykes should be an intriguing one in this matchup.
With those two going at it, the difference will be which supporting cast can
turn in the better performance. Vaughn and Yeager give the edge to Cal State
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Fullerton 77, Green Bay 70
11/18 10:47:14 ET