Jan. 26, 2012
Northridge, Calif. -
Kwame Vaughn made a driving layup from the left side with 3 seconds to play to give Cal State Fullerton a 70-68 Big West Conference victory Thursday night at Cal State Northridge.
The win was the third in a row for the Titans (13-6, 5-2), who got 20 points from D. J. Seeley and a total of 15 from Vaughn. The Matadors (5-13, 2-6) got 18 points and 10 rebounds from Stephan Hicks but lost their third in a row.
Vaughn's drive came after Stephen Maxwell missed a short shot out of an inbounds play by CSUN. Aqeel Quinn had tied the game at 68 with two free throws with 1:15 to play. Vaughn missed a 3-point try on the next to last Fullerton possession but the game-winning play was set up in a timeout with 15 seconds left.
"I was having a tough night," said Vaughn, who won a game at Univ. of San Francisco with free throws but never with a field goal. "I saw an opening and thought I could get to the rack."
"We ran a ball screen for Kwame and told him to just play and don't worry about it," said Coach Bob Burton, who is now 8-1 in The Matadome. "It was a great game for us. What won it for us was defense down the stretch. We got two or three stops to come back."
CSUN had used a 15-0 run to turn Fullerton's 61-51 lead at 8:50 into a 66-61 Matador advantage with 4:42 to play.
Omondi Amoke had 14 points and Isiah Umipig added 11 for Fullerton. Seeley led the way in rebounding with 8.
The Titans "won" the first and final thirds of the first half with solid 3-point shooting but in between a 14-8 start and a 14-2 finish the Matadors outscored them 27-10 to lead by as many as 11 points at 35-24. The Matadors made 14 of their first 20 shots before missing their last five and settling for a 56 percent mark at intermission. Both Seeley and Vaughn hit 3 of 5 treys as Fullerton went 8-for15 and CSUN was 5-of-9.
For the game, CSUN shot 39 percent from the floor after a 26 percent second half. But it made 16 of 18 free throws while the Titans made only 10 of 19 but shot 47 percent from the floor. Rebounds and turnovers were as close as the scoring.
Fullerton plays its sixth road game of the last seven overall Saturday night at 8:05 p.m. for an ESPNU telecast at front-running Long Beach State.