Cal Poly (7-10) at Cal State Fullerton (6-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 23, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Titan Gym (4,000) -- Fullerton, California. Television:
ESPN3.com. Home Record: Cal Poly 5-2, CS-Fullerton 4-3. Away Record: Cal Poly
1-7, CS-Fullerton 2-7. Neutral Record: Cal Poly 1-1, CS-Fullerton 0-1.
Conference Record: Cal Poly 3-1, CS-Fullerton 1-2. Series Record: Cal Poly
GAME NOTES: The Cal State Fullerton Titans will seek to mend a two-game losing
skid as they play host to the Cal Poly Mustangs in Big West Conference action
Thursday at Titan Gym.
Cal Poly had a three-game winning streak snapped by Long Beach State in the
team's last outing, 63-62, which was the Mustangs' first conference loss this
season. Though the Mustangs are 7-10 overall this season, they're 3-1 in the
Big West and just a half-game out of first place.
Fullerton opened up conference play this season with a victory over UC
Riverside, but has since fallen in back-to-back contests to UC Irvine and UC
Davis, the latter being the most recent game. The Titans fell to the Aggies,
69-61, in that one.
Cal Poly has a 10-game lead in the all-time series, 34-24, including games
prior to either program's emergence at the Division I level. Cal Poly has lost
back-to-back matchups with the Titans, though.
Cal Poly had a chance to beat Long Beach State at the buzzer in the two teams'
recent meeting, but a 17-foot jumper by Jamal Johnson hit the back rim and
caromed out, giving LBSU the win. Chris Eversley led all Cal Poly scorers with
16 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the floor. Kyle Odister was the only other
Mustangs player to reach double figures, posting 10 points in 25 minutes of
action. Cal Poly shot 44.2 percent from the field, but a dismal 40 percent
from the free-throw line.
Eversley and Dave Nwaba are the only two Mustangs players to average double-
digits scoring figures this season. Eversley checks in at 13.9 ppg, while
Nwaba posts 12 ppg on 57.5 percent shooting from the floor. Eversley paces the
Mustangs in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and steals (23), while Nwaba leads the team
in blocked shots with 10. Johnson tops the Cal Poly roster with 55 assists on
UC Davis needed a second-half comeback to defeat Cal State Fullerton at home,
but 60.9 percent shooting in the second frame did the trick. Alex Harris
scored 19 points for Fullerton on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor before
fouling out. Michael Williams contributed 13 points, while Steve McClellan
notched a team-high 13 rebounds coming off the bench. The Titans shot 37.9
percent from the field.
Williams and Harris, like Eversley and Nwaba for Cal Poly, are the only two
players averaging double-digit scoring totals. Williams nets 15.6 ppg on 43.3
percent shooting, while Harris scores 12.6 ppg. McClellan leads the team in
rebounding at 6.1 rpg, while Sheldon Blackwell heads the Titans in assists
with 39. Fullerton is averaging 66.2 ppg through 17 contests, but is giving up
70.2 ppg to its opposition.
The Mustangs may be headed out on the road where they've only won once this
season, but Cal State Fullerton isn't playing its best basketball to this
point. With some distributed scoring, Cal Poly can get its first win at Titan
Gym since 2011.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal Poly 70, Cal State Fullerton 65
01/23 10:16:46 ET
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