CSF Rally Falls Short
Feb. 25, 2012
Davis, Calif. -
Josh Ritchart scored 20 points and Eddie Miller added 17 points and 12 rebounds Saturday night as UC Davis held on for a 78-75 Big West Conference victory over Cal State Fullerton.
Fullerton never led in the game after a 12-0 start by UC Davis and the Titans still were down by 10 at 67-57 before Seeley led a late charge, finishing with 19 second-half points. They got within 70-69 after a Umipig bucket with 1:36 to play but Miller hit two free throws and Tyrone Corbin did the same to make it 74-69. Perry Webster's 3-pointer with 19 seconds left got Fullerton within 76-73 and the Titans got the ball back after a turnover. But Ritchart blocked Umipig's 3-point try, the Aggies got the rebound and the Titans had to foul.
Fullerton was comiing off a win at Pacific on Thursday in which it never led until the final 13 seconds when Umipig hit a trey for a 1-point win.
"I was proud of our guys effort," said Fullerton Head Coach Bob Burton. "We never quit. We got behind early and just never got over the hump. We didn't have a lot of energy but we had a shot. It was a good block by Ritchart at the end."
Davis won the game on the backboards, outrebounding Fullerton, 45-33. Both teams shot 42 percent from the floor but Davis hit 9 of 24 treys to 8 of 31 by Fullerton. Davis (19 of 25) made 6 more free throws than Fullerton (13 of 23).
The Aggies jumped out to a 12-0 lead with the Titans going 6:27 before getting on the scoreboard on Kwame Vaughn's 3-point basket. The Titans caught up at 14-14 and 16-16 but Davis outscored them 19-9 to end a sloppy first half with a 35-25 lead.
The Aggies outrebounded Fullerton, 26-15. Both teams shot under 40 percent from the floor but Davis made 6 of 12 treys to 4 of 12 by the Titans. The Aggies made 5 of 6 free throws while Fullerton was 1 of 6.
Perry Webster kept the Titans in the game, making all 4 of his shots towards 9 points.
Fullerton completes its regular season at home next week hosting Cal State Northridge on Wednesday and Long Beach State on Saturday.