Titans Rally at Louisiana

Nov. 19, 2011

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Lafayette, LA - Orane Chin and D. J. Seeley each scored 18 points to help rally Cal State Fullerton to a 69-63 victory Saturday night at Louisiana in the Beryl Shipley Classic in the Cajundome.

Fullerton is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the tourney with a game to play Sunday against Houston Baptist. The Ragin' Cajuns fell to 2-3 despite 14 points from Kadeem Coleby and 13 from J. J. Thomas.

Chin had a game-high 10 rebounds and 3 assists including two for back-to-back 3-pointers by Seeley that gave the Titans a 63-54 lead with 3:44 to play.

After squandering an early 16-4 lead, the foul-plagued Titans trailed by 4 at the half and by as many as 8 at 36-28 with 17:37 to play.

"This was one of the greatest road wins I've ever had in my coaching career," said veteran Head Coach Bob Burton. "The kids endured a lot of adversity but we kept fighting.

"The number of fouls say a lot. We can't keep winning with Orane and Seeley and Zeke (Umipig) playing 37 or more minutes. We've got to get more out of Omondi (Amoke) and Kwame (Vaughn). And John Underwood gets 5 fouls in 6 minutes."

The Titans were whistled for 15 fouls in the first half with Underwood getting three and four other players getting two. Amoke got his third and fourth in the opening minutes of the second half and played only 5 minutes total. Vaughn had four fouls and was limited to 18 minutes.

Louisiana made only 3 of 11 free throws in the first half which contributed to its slow start. But the 6-foot-9, 250-pound Coleby was unstoppable inside and scored 12 first-half points to rally the Cajuns to a 30-26 advantage.

Many of the personal fouls were for illegal screens and charges so the free throws were not indicative of the impact of the 32 fouls called on the Titans and 26 on the Cajuns. Fullerton made 17 of 29 free throws while Louisiana made 14 of 27.

Andre Hardy , who finished with 9 points and 5 rebounds, gave Fullerton its first lead of the second half at 43-42 at 13:58 with a free throw. The lead went back and forth until Seeley's free throw at 6:31 sparked an 8-0 run for a 60-52 lead at 4:19. The lead stayed between 10 and 6 points the rest of the way.