Nov. 21, 2010
San Diego, Calif. -
Devon Peltier scored a career-high 24 points and Orane Chin had 11 points and 8 rebounds Sunday afternoon to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 62-59 non-conference win at the University of San Diego.
Both teams came out of the contest 1-3 on the young season. Fullerton survived four missed USD shots in the final 10 seconds and overcame three players fouling out. Fullerton's diminutive lineup outrebounded the Toreros, 39-34, and the game ultimately was won at the foul line where the Titans were 18 of 23 to USD's 13 of 22. Devin Ginty led USD with 17 points and Matt Door had 12.
Perry Webster scored only 5 points for the Titans but they came on two free throws and a trey on back-to-back possessions to erase a 58-55 USD lead and give Fullerton a 60-58 advantage with 1:54 to play. The Toreros made only 1 of 4 free throws on their next two possessions but Fullerton had a turnover and a missed shot by Isiah Umipig with about 22 seconds left.
USD's Darian Norris missed a running bank shot in the paint and Ken Rancifer and Dorr missed follow shots before Peltier rebounded with 1.3 seconds left. He made two free throws but the Toreros had a chance to tie when Dorr got open for a 3-pointer from the corner that bounced off the rim.
"It was a great win for us," said CSF Coach Bob Burton. "We didn't play very well but we played hard and showed a lot of heart. We had major foul problems. We tried to zone them to save guys but that wasn't working very well.
"Our rebounding at the end of the game was terrific. We were fortunate they missed that last shot. They got a lot out of 1.3 seconds. I'm just so excited to get a good road win.
"We played selfish at the outset but we got that lineup out of there and sat them down and that changed. They got the message."
Fullerton led most of the game, stretching a 28-21 halftime lead to as many as 11 points, the last time at 48-37 with 10:43 to play. With Chin, Sedric Martin and Webster all in foul trouble and eventually fouling out, the Titans saw their lead dwindle when USD hit four 3-pointers in four tries around a Dorr steal and layup to cap a 21-7 run to the 58-55 lead.
Chin scored Fullerton's first 6 points of the second half but didn't score again. Peltier picked up the slack, going 5-for-7 in the second half including 2 of 3 treys on his way to 14 of Fullerton's 34 points.
"My teammates rooted me on and gave me confidence to keep shooting," said Peltier, who was only 3-for-9 in the first half and missed all four 3-point tries. "The momentum changed in the second half and it was defensive stops that carried us over the hump."
Chin led all players with 3 steals and had 3 assists.
"My main focus today was to hustle - to get loose balls and rebound to help my team win," said Chin, who scored 68 points in Fullerton's first three games. "It was difficult being in foul trouble. I must play smarter on defense."
Fullerton plays at USC on Wednesday night in their first appearance at the Galen Center.