Cal State Fullerton (2-6) at Pepperdine (5-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 4, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Firestone Fieldhouse (3,104) -- Malibu, California. Television: None. Home Record: Fullerton 1-2, Pepperdine 2-1. Away Record: Fullerton 1-3, Pepperdine 2-0. Neutral Record: Fullerton 0-1, Pepperdine 1-2. Conference Record: Fullerton 0-0, Pepperdine 0-0. Series Record: Pepperdine leads, 11-10.
GAME NOTES: In an attempt to put an end to a five-game slide, the Titans of Cal State Fullerton take on the Pepperdine Waves in non-conference action at Firestone Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.
Fullerton tackled Santa Clara back on Nov. 16 by an 86-73 margin at home, but since then the squad has come up empty in five straight outings. The latest setback took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim during the final round of the Wooden Legacy tournament, a 61-48 loss to College of Charleston on Sunday.
The Waves, since opening the season with three straight wins, have alternated outcomes over the last five contests. Most recently the team was involved in the Great Alaska Shootout last week and closed out the event with a 73-70 loss to Indiana State. The team also bowed to Green Bay (97-89), but came up a winner versus Denver (68-56).
In terms of the all-time series, the Waves own a slight 11-10 advantage, although the Titans won the most recent meeting back in 2006 in Malibu by a score of 83-81.
The Titans were paced by Michael Williams, the only player in double digits for the squad, with 14 points as he connected on 3-of-5 shots behind the 3- point line in the loss to Charleston on Sunday afternoon. Fullerton led by a point nine minutes into the first half, but the team shot a disappointing 32.1 percent from the field, leaving the Titans with a 35-23 deficit at the break. Fullerton was just 31.0 percent accurate from the field on the day and while Williams knocked down a trio of triples, the rest of the unit combined to make just 2-of-15.
Williams, who has converted a total of 15 3-point shots on 47 attempts, leads the program in scoring with 14.1 ppg, but overall his accuracy from the field is still only 39.3 percent. He is trailed in the scoring department by Alex Harris who is responsible for 13.5 ppg, but he has appeared in only half the team's eight outings as they generate a collective 65.2 ppg, but permit 69.4 ppg coming into this week.
In a game that featured six ties and 13 lead changes, the Waves led by as many as four points early in the second half, but even as the team shot 56.5 percent from the floor and 5-of-10 beyond the arc over the final 20 minutes of action, it wasn't good enough to overcome a 12-4 deficit at the free-throw line in the frame. Jeremy Major scored 15 points for Pepperdine, followed by Malte Kramer with 14, Brendan Lane 13 points and Stacy Davis with 12, but the latter also accounted for five of the squad's 16 turnovers on the afternoon in Anchorage.
Davis, who now has 20 miscues, against just 10 assists, continues to lead the program in scoring with 17.4 ppg, thanks to his 59.7 percent shooting from the field. Lane (15.3 ppg) is responsible for not only 9.5 rpg to pace the group in that area, he has also rejected a total of 24 shots, two more than the rest of the roster combined.
Shooting an impressive 52.5 percent from the floor and close to 40 percent behind the 3-point line, the Waves might not be blowing out the competition, but at least they know they have more than enough talent to compete against foes such as Fullerton.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Pepperdine 71, Cal State Fullerton 66
12/04 10:31:42 ET