Aug. 31, 2008
Vancouver, BC - Chris Dyck scored 32 points and Kyle Watson had 18 Sunday night to lead the University of British Columbia to a 99-81 men's basketball exhibition victory over Cal State Fullerton.
The Titans finished their whirlwind Canadian tour 2-1 after wins over Trinity Western and Simon Fraser. Marcio Lassiter led the balanced Titans with 15 points. Aaron Thompson had 13 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. Jacques Streeter had 12 points as did Gerard Anderson before fouling out, one of three Titans to be disqualified.
Josh Akognon, who scored 67 points in the first two games, was held to 11 as he made only 3 of 12 shots, 1 of 8 from the 3-point line.
Fullerton shot 38 percent from the floor while the Thunderbirds were making 52 percent including 5-of-6 from the 3-point line in the second half (6 of 14 for the game). Fullerton made only 7 of 29 treys including 3 of 6 by Thompson.
Fullerton's only lead of the game was 5-3 as UBC broke away from a 7-7 tie to never trail again. It was 17-12 after the first quarter and 47-39 at the half.
Matt Rachar scored a pair of conventional 3-point plays on put-back baskets in the opening minutes of the second half and the Titans trailed by double digits the rest of the way.
The Thunderbirds shadowed Akognon and made it difficult for him to get the ball much less get good shots.
UBC led by as many as 19 points at 83-64 early in the fourth quarter before the Titans cut it down to 11 at 87-76. But the Thunderbirds scored the next 10 points to erase any rally thoughts.
The Titans fly home mid-day Monday and resume classes on Tuesday.