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December 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Scouting report: Cal State Fullerton

Scouting report: Cal State Fullerton
Game info: 4 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Detlef Schrempf)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Record: 3-3.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Cal State Fullerton and Washington.
Coach: Interim head coach Andy Newman, who served as an assistant for the past nine years under Bob Burton, is 3-3 in his first year with the Titans.
Prediction: Picked to finish second in the 10-team Big West by media who cover the conference.
Series: Cal State Fullerton 1-0.
Last meeting: In their only meeting, the Titans won 75-55 on Dec. 19, 1986 at Titan Gym.
Previous game: Cal State Fullerton shot 28 percent from the field in the second half and lost 79-75 at Eastern Washington.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
MGL6367_WEB.jpg— Fifth-year senior guard D.J. Seeley (right), last year’s leading scorer at 17.3 points per game, returns to the starting lineup and many believe he’ll be the Big West MVP. He averaging 18.7 points this season and has a 32-point performance against Southern Utah. He’s shooting 50.7 percent from the field, 38.7 on three-pointers and 82.4 percent at the line.
Seeley began his career at California and played two seasons for the Golden Bears before transferring and sitting out the 2010-11 season. In his first year with the Titans last season he was picked the Big West Newcomer of the Year. Seeley was named to the preseason all-Big West team.
— Fifth-year senior guard Kwame Vaughn is the Titans’ other returning starter and he leads them in scoring with 19.0 points per game. His season high is 29. He was a second-team all-conference pick last season.
Vaughn averages 31.5 minutes and he’s shooting 52.4 percent from the field, 47.8 percent on three pointers and 86 percent on free throws.


OVERVIEW:
— Transfer Sammy Yeager (TCU) is the only other Cal State Fullerton player averaging double-digit scoring at 15.0 points per game. He’s shooting 53.6 percent on three-pointers (15 of 28).
— Newman took over in June when Burton resigned and took an unexpected buyout with a year remaining on his contract.
— Cal State Fullerton is first in the nation averaging 88.5 points per game. However, the Titans average 104 points in three wins against Southern Utah, Green Bay Phoenix and San Diego Christian. They average 73.3 points in three defeats to Stanford, Nevada and Eastern Washington.
— Newman was suspended for the first two games of the season for secondary NCAA rules violations and assistant Julius Hicks ran the team against Stanford and Nevada.
— In the last three seasons, Fullerton is 2-3 against current Pac-12 teams, including wins over Utah (last season) and UCLA (during the 2009-2010 campaign). Overall, the Titans are 7-34 against teams currently in the Pac-12.
— Washington is 24-3 all-time against Big West teams, including a 10-game winning streak.

STARTING LINEUP:
F – Marquis Horne, 6-6, 225, Jr., 6.3 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 18.0 mpg.
F – Sammy Yeager, 6-4, 190, Sr., 16.0, 6.3, 3.5 apg.
G – Jared Brandon, 6-4, 200, Fr, 7.0, 3.3, 2.3
G – D.J. Seeley, 6-4, 195, Sr., 18.7, 4.0, 4.3
G – Kwame Vaughn, 6-3, 195, Sr., 19.0, 4.5, 3.5

KEY MATCHUP:
— Washington 7-foot, 260-pound senior center Aziz N’Diaye is six inches and 35 pounds heavier than counterpart Horne. It appears to be an obvious advantage for the Huskies and it’s an area of concern for Cal State Fullerton. Newman said: “That’s tough. It’s been our challenge all year long. We know we’re small and can’t play a conventional game because we’re too small to do that. We try to tip the scales offensively in our favor.” Holding Fullerton to one shot on the offensive end and getting second-chance points will be critical for the Huskies. The Titans rank 247th in rebounding.

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