Titans Cruise Past Hope

Nov. 14, 2009

Box Score

Fullerton, Calif. - Orange Chin had 18 points and Jer'Vaughn Johnson, Aaron Thompson and Devon Peltier added 10 each Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton opened its 2009-10 basketball season with a 93-57 victory over Hope International.

Brian Tollette had 15 points to lead the Royals, who brought a 3-0 record against fellow NAIA competition into what was an exhibition game for them. Ryan Sewitsky went 4-for-4 on his way to 11 points and Marcellus Cullors totaled 10.

Fullerton shot 61.5 percent from the floor in leading wire-to-wire. The Titans made 5 of 9 3-point shots, a drastic improvement from the 3-for-17 effort Monday night in an exhibition win over Cal State L.A., in which the Titans shot 35 percent overall.

All 13 Titans saw action and all 13 scored. The Titans led at the half, 53-29. In five wins in five tries against Hope the Titans have won by an average of 38.8 points.

"UCLA will look at us like we look at Hope," said CSF Coach Bob Burton, who takes his team into Pauley Pavilion Monday night for an ESPN national telecast. "Hope was 3-0 against their competition and competitive most of the way in an exhibition with LMU.

"I was very happy with the way we played tonight. We still have a long ways to go, but we played together and ran the fast break well. We got the jitters out of the way.

"What could be better than to be playing UCLA in Pauley Pavilion on ESPN... unless we get our tails kicked. It will be a whole different world for our kids -- not running up and down like tonight. It will be about setting screens and blocking out, the things that win for you.

"What scares me is that Ben (Coach Howland) has had four days to prepare for us. They have had problems with injuries and practicing. They are like us in that they are so new."

Fullerton used a 9-0 run over less than 3 minutes to turn a 9-8 lead into an 18-8 advantage to take control of the game early. The lead reached 20 points with 5 minutes to go in the half, 30 points 9 minutes into the second half and 40 points with seven minutes remaining.