Titans Rally for OT Win at CSU Bakersfield
Jan. 26, 2010
Bakersfield, Calif. - Senior guard Aaron Thompson posted career highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead three Titans to double-doubles Tuesday night as Cal State Fullerton rallied for a 92-84 overtime non-conference victory at Cal State Bakersfield.
Gerard Anderson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jer'Vaughn Johnson had 13 points and 10 rebounds as Fullerton (9-10) snapped a 3-game losing streak for the second time this year against the Roadrunners (3-16), who led by 11 points in the second half as late as 69-58 with 9:29 to play.
Trent Blakley matched his season high with 21 points to lead Bakersfield. He and Santwon Latunde each had nine rebounds and Latunde had 18 points.
Thompson hit two free throws at 3:38 to open the scoring In overtime and Fullerton led all the way, outscoring the hosts, 11-3. He had five points in overtime and Anderson had four including four free throws in four tries in the final minute. The Titans made 29 of 35 free throws including 11 of 12 by Thompson.
Bakersfield led virtually the entire game. Fullerton's biggest lead was 3-0 and it didn't lead in the second half until the final minute, going ahead, 81-79, on a 3-point play by Thompson with 59 seconds to go. Donavan Bragg tied the game at 81-81 with a short jumper and Jacques Streeter missed a driving hook shot at the buzzer.
"That was a great win for us," said Fullerton Head Coach Bob Burton. "This is a hard place to play and the third road game in a row after a tough road trip. This was an easy game for us to quit on ourselves.
"We were terrific when it got tough and they had a chance to put us away. Those three guys with double-doubles played outstanding. It was a much needed win.
"The key was us going to a zone late in regulation. And our press bothered them, too."
Latunde hit a short jumper for a CSUB 75-66 lead with 5:42 to play and the Roadrunners made only two more field goals in the game - Bragg's tying shot in regulation and a tip-in by Carter at 1:18 in overtime.
The Roadrunners, now 3-5 at home and 0-11 on the road, shot 50 per cent from the floor in the first half but only 37 percent afterwards including 1-for-10 in overtime. Fullerton shot 45 percent. Both teams were cold from the 3-point line - CSF was 3-for-17 for 18 percent and CSUB was 3-for-16 for 19 percent. Fullerton won the rebound battle, 45-43, and committed one fewer turnovers, 10 to 11.
The Titans host UC Irvine in Big West action Saturday night with a 5:05 p.m. tipoff in conjunction with Homecoming activities.