Feb. 4, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. -
Kwame Vaughn scored a career high 37 points and Isiah Umipig added 25 Saturday night to lead red-hot Cal State Fullerton to a come-from-behind 99-86 Big West Conference victory over UC Santa Barbara.
One of the largest Titan Gym crowds (3,224) in years showed up for Homecoming and saw the Titans (15-7, 7-3) set a school record with 17 3-point baskets in only 26 attempts. Orlando Johnson scored 28 points and James Nunnally had 19 for the Gauchos (12-8, 7-3), who had beaten Fullerton, 77-64, in Santa Barbara on Jan. 7.
Fullerton shot 53 percent from the floor including 65 percent from the arc and made 20 of 26 free throws. UCSB shot 41 percent including 11 of 18 treys and made 23 of 31 free throws. Omondi Amoke led all rebounders with 11. Vaughn also had 6 rebounds and 6 assists as Fullerton improved to 9-1 at home.
Vaughn's 37 points tied for the fifth best game by an individual in Titan history.
UCSB used a 15-0 run in the first half to take its biggest lead at 40-28 with 3:18 to go. Fullerton finished the half with a 15-7 run capped by a Umipig trey to beat the buzzer. The Titans roared out of the intermission break with a 7-0 burst that started a 33-13 run to a 76-60 lead at 10:20. The lead grew to 18 and the Gauchos never got closer than 11.
"It was a terrific night to be a Cal State Fullerton Titan," said Fullerton Head Coach Bob Burton. "We had ESPNU here, a great opponent in Santa Barbara and a great crowd and environment. I'm so proud of our effort and how we played. It looked like we were going to have big problems when they went ahead but then we got more aggressive on offense. They are an excellent defensive team. Zeke's (Umipig) three at the buzzer at the half gave us a big lift.
Umipig also made a banked trey falling down against the scorer's table to beat the shot clock at 1:33 for a 93-77 lead.
"He made two important shots," said Burton.
Umipig made 7 of 11 treys and Vaughn made 5 of 7. The old record was 15 against Furman on Dec. 28, 2007. The 17 treys ties UCSB's opponent best. The crowd was the largest since 3,527 saw Fullerton lose 92-88 to Pacific on March 3, 2005.
"I think this is the firs time we've had a big crowd like that and won the game," said Burton, in his ninth year. "Kwame's was one of the great performances."
Fullerton hosts UC Irvine on Thursday.