Roadrunners Beat Titans
Nov. 26, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
Reserve center Andre Jackson scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes of play Saturday night to lead CSU Bakersfield to its third win in a row, a 73-66 non-conference victory at Cal State Fullerton.
The Roadrunners improved to 3-1 under new Head Coach Rod Barnes and snapped a 6-game losing streak in Titan Gym. Fullerton got a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds from Omondi Amoke and 19 points from Isiah Umipig but fell to 3-2. It was only the Titans' third loss in their last 36 home non-conference games.
Issiah Grayson added 12 points and Stephon Carter (9 rebounds) and Mo Hughley each had 10 for Bakersfield, which used a 10-0 run to turn its only second-half deficit of 59-58 into a 68-59 lead with 1:17 remaining. The Titans, who got their only second-half lead at the 5:04 mark on a Kwame Vaughn layup, never got closer than 6 points in the final minute.
Fullerton committed 21 turnovers to 15 for Bakersfield. Jackson, a 6-10, 285-pound junior, had scored only 10 total points in the first three games. Most of his scoring came on offensive rebounds and putbacks.
"They've got a good team, they were terrific," said Fullerton Head Coach Bob Burton. "They seem to understand what they are supposed to be doing.
"We have good players but they haven't bought into playing defense yet. We have three issues - play defense, take care of the ball and play together. I don't see any of those three happening. If we buy into those things, we will be competitive.
"They got 15 offensive rebounds which tells you who wanted it. Maybe we are playing too fast.
"We've got new guys and a lot of injuries... I just wish we had time to practice and learn one another and play together."
Bakersfield took control of the game with an 8-0 run midway through the first half, turning a 15-14 deficit into a 22-15 lead at the 8:33 mark. Its biggest lead of the game was 9 points at 45-36 after scoring the first 4 points of the second half.
Fullerton next plays at Wichita State on Dec. 1 while Bakersfield tries to win on a third Big West court (won at Cal Poly on Nov. 16) with a Nov. 30 game at Cal State Northridge.