Titans Hold On to Beat Pacific, 76-70
Jan. 6, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Senior point guard Bobby Brown scored 21 points and had 5 assists and Scott Cutley added 16 points and 9 rebounds Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton held on to beat Pacific, 76-70, in a Big West Conference game.
Fullerton improved to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in the Big West in snapping two long losing streaks to the Tigers, who fell to 5-10 and 2-1.
Pacific got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Anthony Brown and Reggie Vezia added 14 points.
Pacific had beaten the Titans six times in a row over the past three seasons and seven times in a row in Titan Gym. Pacific is the last team to beat Fullerton in Titan Gym (Feb. 9 2006), where Fullerton has now won 12 in a row dating to last season including 8 games this season.
Fullerton controlled the first half and led by as many as 16 points before settling for a 34-23 halftime advantage. UoP shot only 33 precent in the first half and committed 12 turnovers. The Titans led the entire second half but the Tigers twice got the margin down to one point at 38-37 at 16:12 and 45-44 at 11:22. But each time Brown answered with a 3-point field goal.
Fullerton appeared to put the game away when Cutley twice and Marcus Crenshaw once hit consecutive treys for a 68-54 lead with 2:16 to play. But the Tigers responded with back-to-back treys from Vezia and C. J. Morgan and they eventually got within 4 points at 74-70 when Steffan Johnson banked in a desperation 3-pointer from the top of the key with 12 seconds left. Fullerton then turned the ball over but the Tigers missed a shot and CSF's Ray Reed hit a pair of free throws for the final score.
The shooting statistics were remarkably similar for both teams and Pacific's edge on the backboards (38-30) was offset by Fullerton's edge in turnovers (17-11). UoP shot 46 percent from the floor, 42 percent from the 3-point line and 9 of 14 from the foul line. Fullerton shot 47 percent from the floor, 46 percent from the 3-point line and 10 of 16 from the line.
Pacific hosts UC Irvine next Saturday whie the Titans host UC Riverside.