Quick Start Propels Titans to Win at Riverside

Feb. 15, 2012

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Riverside, Calif. - Omondi Amoke had a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds and Isiah Umipig and Orane Chin also had 18 points as Cal State Fullerton led wire-to-wire Wednesday in a 77-64 Big West Conference victory over UC Riverside.

The win was the fourth in a row and seventh in eight starts for the Titans (17-7, 9-3). Kareem Nitoto and Phil Martin each had 11 for the Highlanders (11-5, 5-8), who have lost seven of eight going back to a loss at Fullerton on Jan. 18.

Fullerton made 9 of 17 3-point tries while UCR was only 3 of 13. Fullerton led by as many as 23 points before UCR finished with a 14-5 run to make it look closer.

The Titans took control of the game early. A 12-0 run turned a 6-5 lead into an 18-5 advantage at the 13:19 mark. The lead got as big as 15 points before UCR made a run behind its transition game. The Highlanders closed within 6 points a couple of times but the Titans scored the final 7 points of the half for a 44-31 edge. They then scored the first 8 points of the second half to lead, 52-31.

Chin scored 9 consecutive Fullerton points in the first half on 3-for-3 shooting at the 3-point line and he finished 4-for-4 to tie his career high.

"It was a good road win," said Fullerton Coach Bob Burton. "I think both coaching staffs would have liked to see their team play better... but we're not going to get selfish.

"Kwame (Vaughn) and D. J. (Seeley) didn't have very good games but it's pretty good when you get 18 from the other guys. Chin gives us a whole new dimension when your No. 4 guy can step out and hit the three.

"Defensively, we were either very good or very bad.

"Omondi was moving well and looked good out there. We wanted to rest his ankle but I was disappointed with the big guys that went in for him."

Fullerton hosts Montana State Saturday night at 6:05 in the Sears Bracket Buster. The Bobcats lost tonight at home to Weber State, 79-70.