Top-ranked UCLA plays host to Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Top-ranked UCLA appears to be every bit as
good as last season’s team that reached the national championship game, and
the Bruins are heavily favored in tonight’s non-conference matchup with
the Cal State Fullerton Titans.
Fullerton is off to a strong start, as it has won five of its six games.
The club was most recently in action on Saturday when it posted a 76-67
decision over Texas-San Antonio. The Titans have surpassed the 90-point
plateau four times already, but don’t expect a big output tonight against one
of the nation’s best defensive teams.
UCLA has won all six of its games and has allowed only one opponent to
reach 70 points. On Saturday, the Bruins cruised to a 61-38 decision over
UC Riverside, and all but one of their wins have come by double figures.
UCLA has won all nine of its previous meetings with Fullerton.
Cal State Fullerton has played Texas-San Antonio twice already this season,
and both contests resulted in victory. The Titans posted an 18-9 edge in
points from the foul line on Saturday, and considering they won the game by
nine points, that advantage proved to be the difference. Bobby Brown and
Justin Burns netted 21 points apiece in the victory, and Scott Cutley
contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds. Cutley is scoring 20.7 ppg and pulling
down 8.0 rpg, and although he has only played in three contests thus far, it
appears that he will be a major contributor all season. Brown, who also missed
three outings, checks in with 16.3 ppg, while Ray Reed is netting 14.8 ppg.
Fullerton is racking up 90.0 ppg while limiting its opponents to 75.0 ppg, but
it is fair to say that the Titans have not faced a team of UCLA’s caliber to
UCLA is scoring 80.0 ppg on 51.1 percent shooting from the floor, and the club
is limiting its opponents to 61.5 ppg on 42.0 percent shooting. The Bruins
have already forced 113 turnovers, 44 more than they have committed. Arron
Afflalo leads a balanced offensive attack with 16.7 ppg, and Josh Shipp is
contributing 13.5 ppg. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute adds 13.3 ppg and 8.8 rpg to
the mix, and Darren Collison rounds out the foursome of double-digit scorers
with 12.0 ppg. In the romp over UC Riverside, Afflalo tallied 13 points, while
Mbah a Moute posted 12 points and 12 rebounds. Shipp and Lorenzo Mata managed
10 points apiece for the Bruins, who connected on 55.3 percent of their field
goal attempts while limiting UC Riverside to 30 percent shooting. A 39-22
rebounding advantage also helped the cause.