Jan. 19, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Shawn Hawkins banked in a 3-point basket with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime Thursday night and Long Beach State survived a technical foul before the clock restarted to hold on for a 97-96 Big West Conference victory at Cal State Fullerton.
Jibril Hodges had 23 points including a 3-pointer to beat the regulation buzzer and force the tie for the 49ers, who evened their record at 8-8 and moved into second place in the Big West at 3-2.
Jamaal Brown hit 13 of 16 shots to lead Fullerton with 31 points along with a game-high 10 rebounds. But he missed a free throw with 12 seconds remaining in regulation that would have given Fullerton (9-6, 3-3) a 4-point lead.
After Fullerton called a timeout to set up a long pass in the final 1.9 seconds, Long Beach State Coach Larry Reynolds called a timeoeut that he didn't have resulting in a technical foul. But Bobby Brown missed the first of the two shots and Jamaal Brown's half-court shot at the buzzer was wide right.
Long Beach State made all 13 of its free-throw attempts while Fullerton was only 11-for-21.
The total of 193 points made this the highest scoring game in the teams' 79-game series, which Long Beach now leads, 53-36.
The Titans led by five late in both regulation and overtime.
In regulation, Bobby Brown made a free throw for an 82-77 lead with 23 seconds left. But he missed the second and Louis Darby drilled a 3-pointer for the 49ers to make it 82-80 with 17 seconds left. Jamaal Brown made only his second attempt with 12 seconds left to set the stage for Hodges, who got a pass in the right corner from underneath after an errant Long Beach trey.
In overtime, Jamaal Brown's final points gave Fullerton a 90-85 lead at 3:00, capping a 7-0 run. But Kevin Houston made two free throws and Hodges hit another trey to tie it at 90-90. Harper hit a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock at 1:33 but Houston made two free throws and a bucket for a 94-93 49ers' lead with 40 seconds left. Justin Burns converted an offensive rebound to give the Titans their final lead with 15 seconds left.
Long Beach State finished with a school-record 14 3-pointers in 34 attempts compared to Fullerton's 9-for-25 effort. Fullerton won the battle of the boards, 48-34, but committed 22 turnovers to 14 by Long Beach.
Fullerton hosts conference-leading UC Irvine Saturday at 2 p.m. While Long Beach State visits UC Riverside.