Men’s Basketball Falls in Overtime at California

Photo Credit Matt Brown
Photo Credit Matt Brown

BERKELEY, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton men's basketball lost in overtime at California on Saturday afternoon by a score of 95-89. Juniors Kyle Allman, Jr. (30 points) and Khalil Ahmad (21 points) led the Titans in scoring.

California (5-6) was led by Darius McNeill who scored 30 points (11-17 FGA, 4-7 3FG), hauled in six rebounds, dished out six assists and had five steals in 43 minutes. Marcus Lee scored 19 points and tied a game-high 12 rebounds. The Golden Bears dominated the glass, winning the rebounding battle 42-35, including 16 offensive rebounds that turned into 24 second-chance points. 

California jumped out to a 12-0 lead to begin the game and led by 15 at one point in the first half but the Titans rallied to take the lead with five minutes left in the second half. Freshman guard Daniel Venzant's layup with 0.3 seconds left tied the game and sent it into overtime. In the team's first overtime game of the season, the Golden Bears outscored CSF (6-4) 15-9 to snap the squad's five-game winning streak.

With 30 points (11-18 FGA, 4-7 3FG) for the Titans, Allman scored in double figures for the seventh straight game and scored 20+ for the third time in four games. He connected on a career-high four three-pointers but was hampered by foul trouble, playing only 30 minutes. He also grabbed five rebounds and recorded two steals. Ahmad scored 21 points (8-20 FGA, 5-13 3FG) and also had two steals. He has knocked down 4+ three-pointers and scored 20+ points in each of the last three games.

Redshirt sophomore guard Jamal Smith had career-highs in points (10) and assists (seven) and a season-high five rebounds. Venzant tied a career-high in points with 10 (4-5 FGA, 2-2 3FG), including the bucket to send the game to overtime.

CSF shot the ball well as they splashed a season-high 12 three-point field goals (on 24 attempts) and shot 48.3 percent (29-60) from the field. The team also connected on 19 of 25 (76.0%) attempts at the charity stripe.

The squad returns to action on Saturday at Loyola Marymount at 6 p.m. PT.

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7:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
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7:00 PM
Long Beach State
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TV: ESPN2
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Wed Feb 28
6:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at CSUN
TV: ESPN3
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3:00 PM
Hawai'i
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TBA
Cal State Fullerton
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