Titans Beat Tigers to Maintain Share of First
Feb. 16, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. -
Scott Cutley and Josh Akognon each scored 24 points and Ray Reed had 9 assists to go with 8 points Saturday afternoon as Cal State Fullerton defeated Pacific, 92-78, in Big West Conference men's basketball.
The Titans improved to 17-7 overall and 10-3 in the Big West, securing a share of first place with Cal State Northridge (9-2), which beat UC Riverside Saturday night to stay percentage points ahead of Fullerton.
Steffan Johnson and James Doran scored 12 points each for the Tigers, who fell to 17-8 and 8-4 after their second loss in a row and are a game and a half out of first place.
Fullerton shot 61 percent from the floor and 48 percent from the 3-point line to barely outgun Pacific, which shot 55 percent and 46 percent, respectively. But the Titans committed 9 fewer turnovers and won the battle of the boards, 29-27.
Cutley made 10 of 13 shots including all three 3-pointers on his way to a season high of 24 points, 14 of them coming in the second half.
Akognon broke out of a prolonged shooting slump to make 9 of 13 shots and 4 of 7 treys.
Fullerton led virtually the entire game. Pacific's last lead was 14-13 with 12:13 to go in the first half. Fullerton used a 12-0 run to open a 31-19 lead but the Tigers got within 4 points at the half at 37-33.
After a Chad Troyer 3-pointer got Pacific within 66-58 with 9:38 to play, the Titans went on a 15-7 run for the game's biggest lead at 81-65 with 3:52 remaining.
Doran kept the Tigers alive by hitting four 3-pointers in the final 5 minutes.
The game was televised by FSN Prime Ticket and featured a halftime ceremony honoring the 1977-78 Titan team which advanced to the finals of the NCAA Western Regional Tournament 30 years ago.
Fullerton is idle until Feb. 23 when it hosts Portland State in an ESPNU Bracket Buster game.
Pacific hosts UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday night.