Feb. 6, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Kyle Austin scored a career-high 35 points to lead UC Riverside to a wire-to-wire 76-59 Big West Conference victory Saturday evening at Cal State Fullerton.
The Highlanders (9-14, 3-8) snapped a 3-game losing streak and ended a 3-gme winning streak for Fullerton (11-11, 5-5).
Aaron Thompson had 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead Fullerton, which was coming off an emotional overtime win at Long Beach State on Thursday night.
Austin's total was the second highest in UCR's Div. I history, topped only by Ricky Porter's 40 on Jan. 7, 2006, at Pacific. He made 13 of 21 field goals including all three 3-point attempts. He was 6-for-6 at the line and shared game rebounding honors at 11 with guard Larry Gurganious.
UCR scored the first 6 points of the game and jumped out to a 13-3 advantage. The halftime lead was 36-27 with Austin getting 21. Fullerton got within 3 points on three occasions but UCR gradually pulled away and the Titans went to their bench with 3 minutes remaining.
"I was worried about this game," said Fullerton Coach Bob Burton. "We went from the high of the Long Beach win and we played poorly because of UC Riverside. They played great and had a great game plan.
"Austin carried them on his back. They deserve all the credit. We were outcoached and outplayed in every phase of the game."
Asked what his team could take from the loss, Burton said: "I hope they take a hard look in the mirrow... and understand how hard we have to work to win... to be able to sustain in tough games... to run their stuff and show discipline and play tough and together."
UCR dominated the backboards, 39-24, including 20-8 in the first half when the Titans had no offensive rebounds.
"We thought we would be a good rebounding team but our attitude has to change," said Burton."
UCR shot 53 percent for the game including 56 percent in the second half, when Fullerton made only 35 percent. UCR was 6-for-6 from 3-point range.
Fullerton visits UC Irvine on Wednesday night while UCR is off until a home game on Saturday vs. Cal Poly.