Nov. 11, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
Sophomore Isiah Umipig scored 34 points to lead five players in double figures as Cal State Fullerton outclassed Div. III Redlands, 118-68, Friday night in the Titans' season opener.
Fullerton flirted with three school records in winning its eighth consecutive home opener in Coach Bob Burton's ninth season. The game was an exhibition for the Bulldogs.
Umipig scored 17 points in each half and finished 8-for-12 from the 3-point line and 11 of 16 overall.
The 118 points are the second most in school history, surpassed only by a 128-point effort vs. Chapman in 1972. The 70-point first half was 2 points shy of the record from 1985 vs. U.S. International and the 50-point margin of victory was only 2 shy of a 52-point win over Seattle, also in 1985.
Jack Colston led Redlands with 14 points and Kirk Tristan had 13 but the Bulldogs shot only 33 percent from the floor. Fullerton shot 55 percent including 64 percent in a 70-27 first half.
"This was a good team game," said Burton. "I'm very happy. Obviously, we have a tremendous advantage against a Div. III team with no scholarships plus we have scrimmaged UCLA and had an exhibition with Cal State L.A. while this was their first time out of the chute.
"It was perfect for D.J. and Omondi... they weren't slated to play (injuries) but at least they got in a game for the first time in almost two years.
"I was happy with the effort. We kept playing together and passed the ball.
"It was hard to get enough work in... we will get this down to about 9 guys who will play major minutes. Particularly on the front line, we have guys competing for playing time."
Fullerton won the rebounding battle, 60-30, and made 11 of 27 3-point field goals.
The Titans scored the first 6 points of the game and jumped out to a 22-6 lead in less than 6 minutes.
Fullerton plays three games next weekend in a tournament in Lafayette, Louisiana.