Jan. 4, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Slump-ridden senior guard Jermaine Harper erupted for 21 points and four teammates scored 10 points each Wednesday afternoon to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 73-59 Big West Conference victory over UC Santa Barbara.
The Titans improved to 7-4 overall and evened their Big West record at 1-1 while the Gauchos fell to 5-7 and 0-2, losing their seventh road game in as many attempts.
Harper, who was shooting 25 percent from the floor and 21 percent from 3-point range through 10 games, made 8 of 11 shots overall and 5 of 7 3-point field goals in almost doubling his previous season's high of 11 points. He was averaging 4.7 points compared to 9.7 last season. He did not score in 21 minutes in Monday night's loss to Cal Poly.
Chris Devine led the Gauchos with 19 points and Cecil Brown had 13, but only one in the second half. Glenn Turner had 6 rebounds to go with 6 points.
Fullerton forward Jamaal Brown grabbed a game-high 7 rebounds to go with his 10 points and had a career-high 6 assists. Bobby Brown had 5 assists and 10 points, all in the first half when the Titans used a 23-9 run to turn a 13-10 deficit into a 33-22 lead and UCSB never got within a single digit. Fullerton's biggest lead was 71-48 with 8:47 to play.
UCSB made only 3 of 13 3-point tries while Harper led the Titans to a 9-for-19 effort despite Bobby Brown going 0-for-4. Back-up point guard John Clemmons made two of two to post a career-high in that department.
Both teams shot 50 percent or better but UCSB had only 3 offensive rebounds to 10 for Fullerton.
The game was moved to a 2:05 p.m. tipoff to avoid a conflict with the Rose Bowl game.
Fullerton goes on the road for a Saturday game at Cal State Northridge and a Monday night game at Pacific on CSTV. UC Santa Barbara goes home where it is 5-0 to host Long Beach State and UC Irvine.