Feb. 8, 2007
Stockton, Calif. - Frank Robinson scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds Thursday night to lead Cal State Fullerton to an 82-77 win at Pacific for a season sweep of the Tigers for the first time since 1988-89.
The win improved the Titans' record to 17-5 overall and 7-3 in the Big West. Michael White matched his career high with 20 points and had 9 rebounds for the Tigers, who fell to 8-14 and 4-5.
Bobby Brown had 15 points and 3 assists and Scott Cutley had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Marcus Crenshaw made 5 treys to match his season's single-game high and finished with 16 points. Anthony Brown scored 15 points for the Tigers but had only 4 rebounds and made only 7 of 16 free throws.
Fullerton led most of the game and held off the Tigers, who made only 19 of 33 free throws.
Fullerton won for only the second time in the last 18 trips to Stockton.
"This win was about staying in contention in the Big West race," said Head Coach Bob Burton. "I'm so proud of our team tonight. It was a complete reversal of the other night (at UCR).
"We've got some guys hurt... we didn't know if Frank or Ray Reed could play. It was really a great team effort.
"We did a lot of things differently in practice since Riverside. We worked on being way more aggressive, especially on the boards, but mostly to share the ball more. We tried to get our team where it could go out and be a good team.
"It was frustrating to see them (UoP) shoot so well in the early going. I thought we were playing pretty good defense."
Fullerton led the entire second half but never by more than 11 points. Pacific got as close as 4 points but Crenshaw hit a trey and Cutley scored inside.
Fullerton led for much of the first half before a series of lead exchanges and the first tie at 38-38 with 2:41 remaining. From that point, Fullerton outscored the Tigers 8-1 to take a 46-39 lead into the locker room.
Pacific made its first four 3-point tries and 12 of its first 15 shots on its way to an overall 65 percent effort in the first 20 minutes. White was unstoppable from the low post with 13 points but Brown, who picked up two early fouls, was held to only 3 points and 1 rebound.
Bobby Brown broke a 2-game famine and broke away from a 3-way tie to take sole possession of the third spot in the all-time Big West 3-point field goal list when he hit 3 treys in the first half to build upon a pre-game total of 283.
Crenshaw provided an offensive spark with three treys in six tries in his 13 first-half minutes and the Titans got a solid 9 minutes from Kenneth Alexander, who had a bucket and 3 rebounds in his most extensive action since December and finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds before fouling out along with Justin Burns, who had 6 points but no rebounds.
Pacific made only 2 of its final 16 3-point tries.
The Titans play their final Big West road game Saturday night at Cal State Northridge while Pacific hosts UC Riverside.