Jan. 7, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Senior forward Gerard Anderson scored a career-high 22 points and sophomore guard Jacques Streeter had 20 points and 5 assists Thursday night to lead Cal State Fullerton to an 85-75 Big West Conference victory over Long Beach State.
The Titans (6-7, 1-1) also got 13 points and 9 rebounds from junior forward Jer'Vaughn Johnson. Greg Plater came off the bench to lead the 49ers (6-9,0-2) with 18 points while Larry Anderson and Casper Ware each scored 15.
Anderson hit all 8 shots he took including three 3-pointers. For his two-year career at Fullerton he had been 0-for-4 from behind the 3-point line. The Titans outrebounded the visitors, 41-29, and committed only 12 turnovers to 16 for Long Beach State.
Fullerton took its biggest lead of the game at 60-46 with 9:30 to play but the 49ers went on a 7-0 run to make it 60-53 and Plater's steal and layup made it 62-58 with 6:30 to play. It was still a 4-point game at 64-60 when Streeter hit a trey to key a 10-2 surge for a 74-62 Fullerton lead with 2:40 to play.
Long Beach got within 5 points at 76-71 after converting a pair of Fullerton turnovers against the full-court press but the Titans hit 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to ward off the pre-season favorites to win the Big West title, who lost their fifth game in a row.
"We played terrific tonight," said CSF Coach Bob Burton. "I thought the difference was we made shots. Anytime you shoot it that well you're going to be in good shape.
"They got back into it by going to the offensive boards. They play hard and I never was comfortable. They weren't going to quit."
Long Beach State never led and the last tie was at 5-5. Fullerton hit 8 of its first 9 shots including all three 3-point tries for an early 21-10 lead. The 49ers drew as close as 5 points but a 7-0 run gave Fullerton a 28-16 advantage, its biggest margin of the period.
Long Beach State went to a zone defense after the early Fullerton barrage and the Titans made only 6 of 19 after the hot start. The halftime margin was 37-31.
Anderson hit his first three shots of the second half to remain perfect at 7-for-7 for the game but after his acrobatic slam dunk he picked up his fourth foul with 15 minutes to play and had to come out with Fullerton leading 51-41.
Fullerton is at UC Riverside on Saturday while Long Beach State hosts UC Irvine.