Feb. 2, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. -
D. J. Seeley scored a career-high 28 points and Kwame Vaughn and Omondi Amoke flirted with double-doubles Thursday night as Cal State Fullerton rolled to an 83-61 Big West Conference victory over Cal Poly.
Vaughn had 14 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds while Amoke scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds before the Titans (14-7, 6-3) cleared the bench for the final 4 minutes. Will Taylor led the Mustangs (13-10, 4-6) with 10 points.
Fullerton led by as many as 32 points at 79-47 with 5:57 to play in snapping a 3-game losing streak to Cal Poly and avenging a 73-67 loss on Jan. 7 in San Luis Obispo.
An 11-0 spurt to open the second half left little doubt about the outcome coming on top of a 43-29 halftime lead. Fullerton is 8-1 at home this season.
Seeley made 9 of 11 shots including 3 of 4 3-pointers and all 7 free throw tries. Fullerton shot 57 percent, made 10 of 21 treys and won the rebound battle, 32-26. Cal Poly shot 46 percent but was only 3 of 11 from the 3-point line.
"We couldn't play much better than we did tonight," said Fullerton Coach Bob Burton. "The key was we didn't turn the ball over, at least until the closing minutes.
"D.J. Really got it going... he has that capability. And Kwame had great statistics. Mostly we made a concentrated effort to take care of the ball and go get the ball. We really stepped it up.
"It's terrific to be home."
Cal Poly stayed close for the first 11 minutes, trailing 20-19 after a David Hanson bucket. But Fullerton scored the next 9 points to ignite a 19-4 run to a 39-23 lead. The advantage grew to 54-29 less than 4 minutes into the half.
Fullerton tries to avenge another first-round loss when UC Santa Barbara visits Titan Gym on a Homecoming Saturday. Cal Poly plays a non-conference game Saturday at Cal State Bakersfield.