UC Riverside (5-9) at Cal State Fullerton (5-9)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 9, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Titan Gym (4,000) -- Fullerton, California. Television:
None. Home Record: UC Riverside 4-3, Cal State Fullerton 3-3. Away Record: UC
Riverside 1-6, Cal State Fullerton 2-5. Neutral Record: UC Riverside 0-0, Cal
State Fullerton 0-1. Conference Record: UC Riverside 0-0, Cal State Fullerton
0-0. Series Record: Cal State Fullerton leads, 26-17.
GAME NOTES: Both the UC Riverside Highlanders and Cal State Fullerton Titans
look to rebound from losses as they meet up in Big West Conference action
on Thursday at Titan Gym.
UC Riverside will hit the road for the second consecutive time to face the
Titans in their first conference game this season. The Highlanders lost
Saturday to North Texas, 76-72, and have lost three of their last four games.
Cal State Fullerton has lost two in a row and has fallen to 5-9 overall this
season before conference play starts. The Titans are coming off a loss to
Tulsa, 73-57, in their most recent contest.
Fullerton owns a hefty all-time series lead, 29-17, over the Highlanders.
These two teams will meet again this season on Feb. 6 at Riverside.
UC Riverside trailed in the second half by 16 points, but managed to erase the
deficit and tie the game late against North Texas. But the Mean Green were
able to hang on for the win. Both Sam Finley and Steven Thornton netted 18
points to pace the Highlanders, while Thornton added nine rebounds and two
steals. Taylor Johns scored eight point but contributed a game-high 15
rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Riverside shot 42.4 percent from the floor
and 38.9 percent from 3-point range.
Chris Patton leads the Highlanders in scoring this season with 12.8 ppg, but
has missed multiple contests and is questionable for this game with a sore
knee. Johns is second on the team with 12.4 ppg for a team averaging 67.1 ppg.
The forward is first on the team in rebounding with 8.4 rpg and 29 total
blocks this season. The Highlanders are shooting 43.1 percent from the floor.
Tulsa grabbed an early lead over Cal State Fullerton in the team's last
contest and never looked back, defeating the Titans with ease, 73-57. Michael
Williams scored a team-high 20 points for Fullerton on 7-of-12 shooting,
contributing five rebounds. Josh Gentry netted 15 points off the bench on 5-
of-11 shooting from the floor, as the Titans as a squad shot just 37.3 percent
from the field. Alex Harris pulled down a team-high six rebounds. The Titans
turned the ball over 16 times in the contest, only accumulating half that
number in assists.
Williams paces the Titans this season in scoring with 15.2 ppg on 42.4 percent
shooting. Though he's only played in 10 games, Harris is second on the team
with 12 ppg. Both he and Williams are the only two players contributing
scoring averages in the double digits. Steve McClellan is the team's leading
rebounder with 5.2 rpg, despite averaging just 17.8 minutes per contest.
The battle between these two California-based Big West teams is fairly even.
If Patton can play for Riverside, it's a huge boost for the Highlanders in
terms of scoring. Although they're on the road, the Highlanders have a better
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UC Riverside 66, Cal State Fullerton 62
01/09 10:39:15 ET
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