Titans Nip Pepperdine, 83-81, to Improve to 6-2
Dec. 9, 2006
The Titans are now 6-2 for the first time since the 1996-97 season while the Waves fall to 2-8 after losing to their fifth Big West Conference opponent, all bysingle digits. Kingsley Costain led the Waves with 23 points and Marvin Lea had 12 rebounds to go with 13 points, all in the second half.
Lea missed a 3-point field goal try from the top of the key with about 3 seconds remaining and Cutley secured the rebound and time expired.
Fullerton led most of the game including an 18-point margin in the first half before settling for a 44-36 halftime lead. The Titans were in control at 65-51 but hit a wall and went four minutes without a field goal. Pepperdine took its only lead at 69-68 but Marcus Crenshaw hit a 3-point shot and Justin Burns and Brown followed with dunks to give Fullerton a 75-69 lead.
Pepperdine again drew within one at 80-79 with 3:20 to go. Cutley, who had missed all four of his second-half free throw tries, made a pair to make it 82-79 with 1:44 remaining. Willie Gallick made two for Pepperdine and, after Brown was called for an offensive foul, Costain had a 3-point try go in and out. Burns rebounded and made one of two free throws at 0:56 for the final score as Lea and Robinson missed shots prior to Lea's final miss.
"You can't run any offense against the way they play defense," said CSF Head Coach Bob Burton, who is now 3-0 vs. Pepperdine. "The kids have to make plays continuously. It just shows you how basketball is. If their last shot goes in we're depressed. We were lucky it didn't go in.
"After UCLA showed us what we need to work on, we couldn't do it. We had to prepare for this game. Now we have some time and three home games to prepare for 'normal' basketball.
"Chris Minardo really helped us tonight."
Fullerton hit four of its first five 3-point tries with Robinson and Brown each hitting a pair. But the Titans went 6-for-24 the rest of the way. Conversly, Pepperdine missed its first six but then made 11 of 21.
During the game, Brown moved up two rungs on the Titans' all-time scoring ladder. He passed Greg Bunch at 1,489 points and Chris Dade at 1,496 to move into the No. 4 spot with 1,504 points. In third place at 1,557 points is Ike Harmon.