Akognon Explodes for 31 Points to Rally Titans
Nov. 11, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. -
Josh Akognon scored a career-high 31 points Sunday afternoon to ignite Cal State Fullerton to an 87-67 non-conference men's basketball victory over Cal State Los Angeles.
The junior transfer from Washngton State made 7-of-13 3-point field goals -- 6 of 8 in the second half -- to help Fullerton (2-0) pull away to its second win of the young season.
Christofer Hart scored 23 points and Demetrius Hart came off the bench for 19 -- 5 of 8 from 3-point range -- to lead the Golden Eagles, a Div. II team officially playing an exhibition.
Frank Robinson (12) and Andrew Green (11) joined Akognon in double figures for the Titans. Robinson also led all rebounders with nine.
Cal State L.A. took a 30-25 lead with 5:20 to play in the first half on a 3-pointer by Hazel that capped an 18-7 run. But Fullerton went on a 9-0 run to regain the lead at 34-30 and it stretched it to 40-32 at the half capped by Akognon's first 3-pointer of the game.
The Titans broke the game open by outscoring the Golden Eagles 19-4 in the first 5:15 of the ssecond half with Akognon accounting for the last 13 points of the surge. Fullerton outscored Cal State L.A. 34-6 over the final five minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second half.
Only four Titans have ever made more than seven 3-point field goals in a game. Akognon's high-point game in two years at Washington State was 27 points.
The game was preceded by an inaugural Titan basketball alumni game. More than two dozen players from as far back as 1973 played a 48-minute exhibition with the younger alums beating the older alums, 127-110. Jason Cunningham had 36 points for the youngsters while J.D. Green led the oldsters with 32. Among the players were NBA veterans Cedric Ceballos and Henry Turner. Brandon Campbell and Sean Williams led the dunkfest and Cunningham and Chris Dade led the 3-point shooting.
Fullerton doesn't play another home game for five weeks. Its next contest is Saturday night at Southern Utah. Cal State L.A., which earlier lost exhibitions to Cal State Northridge and New Mexico State, plays its first official game on Nov. 23 at home vs. St. Martin's.