Dec. 11, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
Isiah Umipig scored 25 points and Orane Chin and Omondi Amoke each added 19 to help Cal State Fullerton outscore Eastern Washington 91-76, in a non-conference shootout Sunday afternoon.
The win improved the Titans' record to 6-3 and was No. 140 for ninth-year Coach Bob Burton, giving him the school record for victories. The late Alex Omalev won 139 in the school's first 12 seasons (1960-61 through 1971-72).
The Eagles fell to 5-4 despite 26 points from Colliin Chiverton and 23 from Cliff Colimon.
Amoke led all rebounders with 12 for his third double-double of the season. Kwame Vaughn added 12 points and 7 assists.
Umipig made 8 of 13 shots including 6 of 9 3-pointers and had 3 assists and a career-high 7 rebounds. Fullerton shot 52 percent from the floor and made 10- of- 19 treys. EWU made 10-of-25 treys and shot 43 percent overall.
Fullerton took control of the game with a 20-4 spurt that erased the Eagles' only lead of the game, 11-10, and put Fullerton ahead at 30-15. The Titans scored on all nine trips down the floor between 15:32 and 10:56 on the clock. EWU got only as close as 8 points, the last time at 61-53 with 15:19 to play.
Fullerton led by double digits for the final 7 minutes as EWU's Laron Griffin and Cliff Ederaine fouled ouit.
"I honestly haven't given it much thought," said Burton of the win record. "I was worried about this game, getting a win over a very good team. They are hard to play because they can score so well.
"The record is a tribute to all the people who helped me do it. Associate Head Coach Andy Newman has been with me for every game. And all the assistant coaches. And then the great players like Bobby Brown, Scott Cutley, Josh Akognon and Frank Robinson. I hope they are proud of it.
"I have great confidence in watching Zeke (Umipig) shoot it. They wanted to stop D. J. Seeley (leading scorer at 16.8 ppg held to 10) and that opened things up for Umipig and Chin (17 points in the first half).
"I like where we are at. This felt like a conference game. But we need to keep getting better on defense."
Fullerton will concentrate on final exams next week before hosting Div. III LaVerne on Saturday night. Eastern Washington plays at UCLA on Wednesday in the Los Angeles Sports Arena.