Jan. 21, 2009
Northridge, Calif. - Jacques Streeter scored a career-high 27 points and Marcio Lassiter matched his with 17 Wednesday night to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 91-87 Big West Conference victory at Cal State Northridge.
The win snapped the Titans' 2-game losing streak, avenged a 26-point loss to CSUN on Dec. 29 and was the sixth in a row in The Matadome. Fullerton is now 9-10 and 3-4 while the Matadors fell to 6-10 and 3-3. Josh Jenkins led CSUN with 19 points with 18 of them in the second half.
Ray Miller's basket off a feed from Josh Akognon gave Fullerton an 88-84 lead with 28 seconds left. After Jenkins and Rob Haynes missed shots for CSUN, Akognon made two free throws with 7 seconds left. Jenkins hit a trey with 1.2 seconds to go but Chris Rhymes iced the game by making his second free throw try.
Fullerton took the lead for good at 78-77 on two Streeter free throws at 3:54. An Akognon bucket with 1:50 to play extended the lead to 84-79 but Jenkins hit a trey to set the stage for Miller, who got a rare start and finished with 6 points.
"It was a great win for us," said Associate Head Coach Andy Newman. "We've been up and down and it was good to see us play well and play together. I thought that was the key.
"We had 20 assists, which is the most we've had in any game except the Hope win.
"We didn't let adversity affect us. We got after it defensively. They erased our 10-point lead and got up by 14 but we settled down and had a sense of urgency on that side of the floor."
Akognon finished with 16 points after getting only 8 in the first CSUN game. Gerard Anderson had 14 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. Rhymes got his second start and contributed 9 points and 6 rebounds. Tremaine Townsend led all rebounders with 13 before fouling out along with Willie Galick in the closing minutes.
Fullerton shot 52 percent for the game and 40 percent at the 3-point line. Northridge his 11 of 22 treys and shot 48 percent from the floor but made only 10 of 20 free throws.
Townsend scored three inside buckets to open the second half before Fullerton got its first shot, turning the ball over three times in a row. Three-pointers by Chris Rhymes and Marcio Lassiter helped Fullerton get the lead back up to 53-44. Its biggest lead of the second half was 58-48 at 13:32. The Matadors drew within a point at 60-59 and again at 65-64 and took their first lead at 66-65 when Haynes scored on a breakaway layup. Jenkins added a 3-pointer and the Matadors' biggest lead of the game 5 points, at 73-68 and finally 75-70 at 5:55.
Reversing a recent trend, the Titans came out of the blocks quickly. Gerard Anderson scored twice in the first 30 seconds and Fullerton had a 12-5 lead at the first media timeout.
Another bad trend continued, however, as both Ray Miller and Papa Guisse had three fouls before the halfway mark of the first half and Streeter got No.3 at 1:50. But the Titans' 3-point shooting was improved (5-of-13 for the half) and the Titans maintained their lead throughout the period, ending with a 45-35 advantage after leading by as many as 13.
Fullerton shot 50 percent from the floor in the half while Northridge made only 3 of 10 free throws.
Fullerton is idle until a game at Long Beach State on Jan. 29.