Jan. 2, 2012
The Titans (10-3, 2-0) won their seventh game in a row for the longest win streak in 21 years, since the 1990-91 team won eight in a row. Pacific got 19 points from Lorenzo McCloud and 15 from Khalil Kelley but lost its fifth in a row to fall to (4-8, 0-1).
Orane Chin had 13 points for the Titans including a 3-point play with 3:09 to go that broke a 68-68 tie and put Fullerton ahead for good. Pacific twice drew within a point before Vaughn hit a 3-pointer with 1:01 to play. McCloud made only one of two free throws at 0:49 before Seeley sealed the win with a slashing bank shot with 14 seconds left.
Fullerton outrebounded the Tigers, 36-24, and outshot them 54 percent to 47 percent from the floor and hit all 7 free throws in the second half. Omondi Amoke had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Travis Fulton had 12 points and a team-high 7 rebounds for the Tigers.
Fullerton led by as many as 14 points in the first half but the Tigers got within 2 at the break as Fulton hit a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer. In the second half there were 7 ties and the difference was one possession most of the time. Pacific's last lead was 57-54 on a Kelley layup at 8:04. Fullerton's biggest second-half lead was 64-58 with 6:28 remaining.
"This game should give us more confidence," said Coach Bob Burton. "But that's the way we've been playing all season -- one minute we look really good and the next minute we are really bad. But the starters have stepped up an the end of the games. They get stops and score at the other end.
"This game was there for anyone to take.
"We shot 63 percent in the first half and were only up by 2 which was scary. But we had 13 turnovers in the first half and only three in the second half."
Pacific made 6 of 13 treys in the first half but only 3 of 9 after intermission.
Vaughn and Seeley each went 7-for-12 from the floor with Vaughn making a career-high 5 3-pointers in 9 tries.
Fullerton is on the road the rest of the week at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday and at Cal Poly on Saturday.