Nov. 18, 2011
Lafayette, LA -
D. J. Seeley scored 18 points and Orlando Brown came off the bench with 14 more to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 73-63 win over Nicholls State in the opening game of the Beryl Shipley Classic in the Cajundome.
The Titans improved to 2-0 with their first road win and will face host Louisiana Saturday night. Nicholls State fell to 0-3.
Chris Talkington led Nicholls with 17 and Trevon Lewis came off the bench for 10.
"This was a really hard-fought game," said Fullerton Coach Bob Burton. "It was a good win for us... we didnn't play exceptionally well but competed. We have a lot of things to work on. It's a road win.
"We needed to play that way. They were a patient team and forced us to play defense. We played hard."
Fullerton won the game at the foul line, making 24 of 35 attempts to the Colonels' 12-for-21 effort.
Brown scored 8 points in a span of less than 2 minutes in the first half that erased a 14-12 Nicholls lead and lef the Titans ahead, 20-19. The score was tied 10 times before Fullerton took the lead for good at 28-27 at 3:26 on a pair of Umipig free throws.
Seeley scored 5 points on back-to-back possessions early in the second half for a 42-34 lead. Fullerton stretched it to as many as 11 points but the Colonels drew within 3 at 63-60 with 4:51 to play. But Fullerton scored 10 of the game's final 13 points including Umipig's only trey of the night to pull away.
Kwame Vaughn had 8 assists but committed 4 of Fullerton's 21 turnovers.