UC Riverside (4-11) at Cal State Fullerton (9-6)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 9:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Titan Gym (4,000) -- Fullerton, California. Television:
None. Home Record: UCR 3-3, CSF 4-1. Away Record: UCR 1-6, CSF 3-5. Neutral
Record: UCR 0-2, CSF 2-0. Conference Record: UCR 1-2, CSF 2-1. Series Record:
Cal State Fullerton leads, 24-17.
GAME NOTES: The Cal State Fullerton Titans look to stay hot as they host the
UC Riverside Highlanders for a Big West Conference tilt on Saturday.
The incoming Highlanders lost their third game in four outings on Sunday as
they were downed, 76-61, by Hawaii. The setback dropped UC Riverside to a
disappointing 4-11 overall record including its 1-2 standing in the Big West.
The Highlanders have failed to pick up wins this season due to their lack of
scoring power, as they are last in the conference at 57.9 points per game on a
mere 39.8 percent shooting from the field.
The Titans have been nearly unstoppable since their lackadaisical 3-5 start to
the season. They picked up their sixth win in seven appearances on Wednesday
when they cruised to a 74-62 decision over Cal State Bakersfield. Fullerton
enters its bout against UC Riverside with one of the most high-powered
offenses in the nation at 85.6 points per game overall courtesy of 50.4
percent shooting from the field, including a 41.9 percent mark from beyond the
The Titans lead the all-time series with the Highlanders, 24-17, sweeping the
regular season series between the two Golden State schools last year by the
scores of 72-61 at home and 77-64 in Riverside.
Coach Jim Wooldridge had an unprepared group on his hands when UC Riverside
visited Hawaii last week. The Highlanders shot just 31 percent from the field
and missed all nine of their 3-point attempts in the first half, allowing the
Warriors to build a 40-21 advantage on the scoreboard by the intermission. UC
Riverside played much better after the break and won the second half by four
points, but the Warriors converted 10-of-12 at the charity stripe to coast to
the 15-point decision. Josh Fox scored a team-high of 12 points to go along
with six rebounds while Tre Owens and Dayton Boddie contributed 10 points each
off the bench. The low production on the offensive end has yielded just two
double-digit scorers in Chris Patton (10.6 ppg) and Chris Harriel (10.4 ppg).
The Titans could not reach their normal scoring average last time out, but
they still converted 53 percent of their field goals and forced the
Roadrunners into 24 turnovers. Sammy Yeager scored 18 points and pulled down
eight rebounds to lead the way while Kwame Vaughn racked up 14 points and
eight assists. Fullerton provides its opposition with the impossible task of
containing its terrific trio. Vaughn and D.J. Seeley are neck and neck for the
team's scoring lead with 19.3 and 19.2 points per game, respectively. Yeager
is also chiming in 15 points per contest and converting 47.6 percent from
beyond the arc to make double teaming Vaughn or Seeley a risky move.
The Titans hold the upperhand versus UC Riverside, especially in their own
gym. Vaughn and Seeley rank first and second on the Big West's scoring
leaderboard and Fullerton has a few solid role players to back up its stars.
The Highlanders will need someone to emerge and submit a surprising and
spectacular performance to avoid yet another defeat.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Fullerton 80, UC Riverside 64
01/12 10:51:06 ET