Charleston Powers Past Cal State Fullerton at DIRECTV Wooden Legacy
ANAHEIM, Calif., - Canyon Barry and Anthony Stitt each scored 14 points to lead a quartet of Cougars in double figures as College of Charleston handed Cal State Fullerton a 61-48 loss in the third round of the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy at Honda Center on Sunday afternoon.
Charleston (3-5) also received double-digit efforts from junior forward Adjehi Baru, who poured in 13 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the year, as well as freshman guard Joe Chealey who added 12 points.
The four players combined for 53 of the team's 61 points.
Michael Williams led the way for Fullerton (2-6) scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds. Senior forward Marquis Horne added nine points and five rebounds in the loss.
Junior guard Alex Harris returned from injury for the first time since Nov. 16 vs. Santa Clara.
The Titans and Cougars exchanged baskets to open up the second half, but a 6-0 run with 13:15 left pulled Fullerton within seven, 42-35. With 9:52 left, Sheldon Blackwell knocked down a corner trey to keep the Titans in the game, but back-to-back baskets by Stitt brought the Cougars lead back up to 12.
The Titans pulled within seven again after Williams converted a three-point play off a Blackwell steal with 4:57 left, but would only record one field goal in the final five minutes of play.
The Titans shot a season-low 31 percent (18-of-58) from the floor and 25 percent from behind the arc, while Charleston shot 41 percent and knocked down 4-of-13 attempts from three-point range.
Charleston outrebounded the Titans, 40-35, and forced 11 Fullerton turnovers.
Fullerton entered halftime trailing College of Charleston, 35-23, despite 11 first-half points from Williams, who shot a flawless 3-of-3 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes. Despite Williams hot streak, as a team Cal State Fullerton was held to a .310 shooting percentage, while the Cougars knocked down 52.4 percent (11-of-21) of their opportunities.
Cal State Fullerton trailed early on, 9-4, in the first half, but a Williams' corner three-pointer capped an 8-2 run by the Titans that gave Fullerton its first lead, 12-11, with 11:12 left to play in the first period.
After taking that lead, the Cougars' defense held CSF scoreless for over five minutes until another jumper from Williams ended the lapse at the 6:07 mark, but the bucket was Fullerton's only score during an 11-2 run from College of Charleston.
From the 11:12 mark of the first half, the College of Charleston ended the period on a 24-11 run, leading by as many as 13. In addition to his 11 first-half points on 4-of-5 shooting, Baru blocked four Titan shots in the first 20 minutes.
Fullerton will travel to Malibu, Calif., to take on the Pepperdine Waves on Wednesday, Dec. 4, while Charleston will return home to take on Coker on December 12.
Notes: After missing four games with a right ankle sprain, junior Alex Harris returned to the floor for the Titans playing 21 minutes off the bench…Sunday's game marked the first meeting between Cal State Fullerton and the College of Charleston…Michael Williams has scored in double figures for a team-leading eight consecutive games…Cal State Fullerton was held under 50 points for the second consecutive game and lost by double figures for the fourth time this season…the Titans set a season low in field goal percentage (.310)...Fullerton finished the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy with a record of 0-3, and the Titans' current five-game losing streak is the longest for the program since dropping the final five games of the 2012-13 season (Feb. 28-March 14)…the Titans last finished a preseason tournament 0-3 during the 2010-11 season at the Outrigger Hotels Classic…Fullerton last scored less than 50 points in back-to-back games during the 2002-03 season: 41 vs. UC Riverside (Jan. 18) and 49 at Idaho (Jan. 23).