Cal State Fullerton (11-11) at UC Riverside (5-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 9, 11 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: SRC Arena (3,168) -- Riverside, California. Television:
FSN-PT. Home Record: Cal State Fullerton 5-5. UC Riverside 4-6. Away Record:
Cal State Fullerton 4-6, UC Riverside 1-8. Neutral Record: Cal State Fullerton
2-0, UC Riverside 0-3. Conference Record: Cal State Fullerton 4-6, UC
Riverside 2-8. Series Record: Cal State Fullerton leads, 25-17.
GAMES NOTES: Two Golden State squads will collide on Saturday night when the
Cal State Fullerton Titans visit the UC Riverside Highlanders for a Big West
Conference battle at SRC Arena.
Through 22 games Cal State Fullerton has earned an even split with a mark of
11-11. The Titans have hurt themselves of late with losses in three straight
and five of their last six. At 4-6 in league play, Cal State Fullerton is
sitting in seventh place in the Big West standings. The Titans have a 4-6 mark
on the road where they will be for the next two games against Long Beach State
and UC Irvine.
The Highlanders have been enduring their own losing streak recently with
setbacks in four straight games and seven of the last eight. UC Riverside
hasn't had much success at just 5-17 overall and 2-8 in league play which has
it in sole possession of last place in the Big West. At SRC Arena the
Highlanders have four wins in 10 tries.
This marks the 43rd meeting all-time between these intrastate foes. Cal State
Fullerton leads that all-time series, 25-17, with wins in three straight,
including a 71-69 victory earlier this season.
In a game decided by just two points Cal State Fullerton was dropped by Hawaii
last time out, 77-75. The Titans allowed the Rainbow Warriors to knock down
48.1 percent of their shots from the floor, while holding a 19-11 edge from
the free-throw line in the contest.
D.J. Seeley continued his strong season in the losing effort by scoring 18
points to go with eight rebounds and five assists. The 6-foot-4 guard (19.2
ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.9 apg) is the leading scorer on a team that features three
players scoring more than 15 points per game. Seeley's backcourt running mate
Kwame Vaughn (18.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.1 apg) has also been a prolific scorer and
versatile contributor, while Sammy Yeager (15.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg) has played well
in the frontcourt. Seeley and Vaughn are the second and third best scorers in
the Big West this season. With such strong scoring options the Titans are the
top offensive team in the conference at 81.9 points per game on 48.6 percent
shooting, which are each within the top 15 marks nationally.
UC Riverside was dispatched by Cal State Northridge, 69-53, last time out. The
Highlanders allowed the Matadors to shoot at a 50 percent clip in the game
while hitting just 36.2 percent of its own shots from the field. The
Highlanders assisted on just five field goals and had a 36-27 deficit on the
In terms of offense, UC Riverside could not be more different than Cal State
Fullerton. The Highlanders are the lowest scoring team in the Big West (60.9
ppg) while shooting at a field-goal percentage (.426) that is just a spot
above that. Chris Patton (12.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg) is the top scoring option on a
roster that features three double-digit scorers. Chris Harriel (11.0 ppg) is
next, although he has shot at just a 37.2 percent rate on the season. Josh Fox
(10.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg) rounds out the trio. Robert Smith (7.2 ppg, 3.1 apg) is
the top facilitator.
Led by Seeley Cal State Fullerton has had no problem putting points up. The
pace at which Cal State Fullerton plays will allow it to run past UC Riverside
in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Fullerton 78, UC Riverside 70
02/09 10:32:39 ET
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