Jan. 22, 2011
James Nunnally had 19 points and Orlando Johnson had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Gauchos, pre-season favorites in the Big West, who fell to 10-7 and 3-3.
Andre Hardy contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds for the much shorter Titans, who won their third home conference game in a row to improve to 8-12, 4-4 at the halfway point of BWC play.
UCSB appeared to take control of the game with a 14-0 run as part of a 23-3 spurt midway through the second half, that turned a 36-22 Fullerton lead at 16:31 into a 45-39 UCSB advantage at 7:58. It was spurred by a 1-3-1 trapping zone that disrupted the Fullerton offense and set up Johnson for 8 points and Nunnally 7 during that stretch.
But Devon Peltier floated a baseline jumper in to snap a 6-minute scoring drought and that triggered an 8-0 run that pul Fullerton back in the lead at 47-45. After another exchange of leads, Fullerton used a 9-0 run capped by Perry Webster's 3-pointer to beat the shot clock for a 58-50 lead with 35 seconds remaining.
The Gauchos got back within 3 points but Peltier hit two free throws with 5 seconds left to clinch it.
"This capped a great week for us," said CSF Coach Bob Burton. "To play so well against Long Beach and UC Santa Barbara and to win and have a special person present to see it tonight in former Titan Bruce Bowen (three-time NBA champion with San Antonio) was really something.
"He's here on his own time to help us raise some money with a golf tournament in the summer and it was great for our team to be able to interact with him.
"Both defenses played great tonight as evidenced by the turnovers (21 for UCSB and 17 for CSF). We looked like we had never practiced against a 1-3-1. We weren't patient.
"Their zone is incredible. It's a switching zone and you have to throw out all you do against other zones to attack it."
UCSB took an early lead at 13-6 about 8 minutes into a sloppy first half. Fullerton held UCSB to 2 points over the next 9 minutes for a 20-15 lead and led by the same margin at the half, which saw UCSB make only 6 of 23 shots (26 percent).
Fullerton plays a non-conference game Tuesday at Cal State Bakersfield while the Gauchos have two more games to complete the first half of their Big West schedule, at Cal Poly and home to Cal State Northridge next week.