Nov. 20, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. - Senior guard Josh Akognon scored 25 points and five teammates also were in double figures Thursday night as Cal State Fullerton cruised to a 106-60 non-conference men's basketball victory over Hope International.
Fullerton improved to 2-1 with the win over the NAIA school located across Nutwood Avenue, which treated the game as an exhibition.
Akognon scored 19 in the first half as Fullerton built a 60-30 lead and he played only 22 total minutes in the game, hitting 8 of 14 shots overall and 6 of 11 3-point field goals including 3-of-3 in the first two minutes.
Hope was led by Buai Tut, who had 15 points on 7 of 11 shooting. Marcellus Cullors had 8 points.
Fullerton shot 60 percent from the floor and made 10 of 20 3-point tries. Hope shot 34 percent including 3 of 11 treys.
Hope hung with the Div. I Titans for the first 6 minutes, trailing only 22-18. It was 27-20 before Akognon hit his fourth trey to spark a 12-0 run that made it 39-20 with 8:04 remaining in the half.
A 10-0 Fullerton run early in the second half turned it into a 75-34 game with 17 minutes to play. Both teams then substituted liberally.
Fullerton plays Sunday afternoon at defending Big Sky Conference champion Portland State. Hope hosts Pacific Union on Saturday.