Jan. 2, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Dawin Whiten scored 25 points and three Cal Poly teammates were in double figures Monday night as the Mustangs erupted in the second half for an 83-70 victory at Cal State Fullerton in the teams' Big West Conference opener.
The Mustangs improved to 3-8 in beating their first Div. I opponent while winning for the first time in six road games. Cal State Fullerton got 28 points from Bobby Brown but fell to 6-4 in its first home game since Nov. 23.
Gabe Stephenson had 16 points for Cal Poly and Derek Stockalper had 11 to go with a team-high 10 rebounds. Frank Robinson had 13 points and 7 rebounds and Vershan Cottrell added 12 points for the Titans, who got a game-high 11 rebounds but only 4 points from Jamaal Brown, who came in averaging 19.8 points but made only 2 of 14 shots.
After blowing an early 7-point lead, the Mustangs scored the final four points of the first half to go to the locker room behind, 35-30. They opened the second half with a 20-3 run capped by Trae Clark's 3-pointer for a 50-38 lead with 14:59 to play. The Titans got back within 9 points at 52-41 but Cal Poly scored the next 7 points and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Whiten had made only 2-of-18 3-point tries over his last three games but he made 6 of 9 as Cal Poly hit 12 of 28 for the game. Cal Poly shot 64 percent in the second half and 53 percent for the game.
Fullerton got 12 first-half points from Cottrell, who came in averaging 5 points but hit all five of his shots, and turned a 20-13 deficit into its biggest lead of the game at 35-26 on a 3-pointer by Robinson with 2:31 to play in the half.
Fullerton hosts UC Santa Barbara at 2:05 p.m. on Wednesday while the Mustangs play at 12:30 p.m. at UC Riverside, which got its first win of the season Monday night at home over UCSB.