Dec. 17, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
Orane Chin and Kwame Vaughn each scored 18 points and Isiah Umipig added 17 Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton erupted in the second half to rout La Verne, 86-44, in non-conference play.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Titans (7-3), who outscored the Leopards 51-12 in the second half. Div. III La Verne got 23 points and 7 rebounds from Trevor Woodland but saw its 3-game win streak ended and fell to 3-5.
LaVerne hung tough for 20 minutes and trailed only 35-32 at the half thanks to a surprising 17-15 edge on the backboards and 6-for-13 shooting from the 3-point line. But the Titans opened the second period with a 23-2 burst for a 58-34 lead with 11:39 to play. LaVerne would go 3-for-33 from the floor after intermission including 2-of-17 treys.
"It's not that we played bad in the first half, but they played hard and that's a tribute to them," said Coach Bob Burton. "We slowed it down, played better defense and rebounded better in the second half."
"We came out more aggressive in the second half," Chin said. "We were soft in the first half and picked up our intensity in the first five minutes of the second half and changed the momentum of the game."
Vaughn said defense was the difference.
"We made adjustments in the second half, but it was a wake up call for us," he said. "We picked up our defensive intensity after we realized that we could lose this game."
Fullerton ended up outrebounding the visitors, 46-31.
Woodland made 6 of 14 shots including 4 of 8 treys in the first half but more intensive defensive pressure forced him to shoot 2-of-11 and 1-of-7 in the second period.
Chin led the Titans on the glass with 8 rebounds and made 8 of 9 field goal tries. Vaughn had 7 assists and it was his steal and breakaway dunk that put the Titans ahead to stay at 23-22 at 8:15 of the first half. Fullerton finished shooting 58 percent including 66 percent in the second half.
The teams last played one another in the 1968-69 season.
Fullerton continues its 5-game homestand with a Dec. 22 game against Portland State. La Verne is idle until a Dec. 28 game vs. Transylvania at a tournament in Las Vegas.