Another Rally to Victory
Dec. 22, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
Junior guard Kwame Vaughn scored 23 of his game and career-high 27 points in the second half and backcourt mate D. J. Seeley broke out of a shooting slump to add 23 points in Cal State Fullerton's 92-86 come-from-behind non-conference victory over Portland State.
Omondi Amoke added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Isiah Umipig scored 16 points as the Titans (8-3) won their fifth in a row for their longest winning streak since their 2007-08 NCAA Tournament team. Portland State (6-6) got 19 points from Charles Odum and five other players scored in double figures but the Vikings fell to 0-6 on the road.
Fullerton shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half including 8 of 10 3-pointers. The Titans shot only 38 percent and made only 3 of 15 treys in the opening period. Portland State shot 53 per cent in each half and made 7 of 17 3-pointers . Lateef McMullan scored 14 points despite picking up a fourth foul with 12 minutes to play. Chehales Tapscott (7 rebounds) and Renado Parker each added 12 points.
Portland State never trailed in a first half that left it ahead at 42-36 after leading by as many as 12 points, the last time at 37-25. Fullerton opened the second half with an 8-2 burst to tie the game and took the lead for good at 53-51 on a 3-pointer by Orane Chin at 14:46. Fullerton took control with a 13-4 burst for a 72-61 lead with 8:52 to play. The lead grew to as many as 18 points but the Vikings scored 13 of the game's final 14 points in the last 2:17.
"We weren't doing the things we're supposed to be doing in the first half -- we weren't playing defense, we weren't rebounding and we were playing selfish," said Fullerton Coach Bob Burton. "In the second half we started sharing the ball and playing together. And our 2-3 zone was the key. They had trouble attacking it and we got some turnovers that became layups."
Portland State opens Big Sky play at Montana on Dec. 28. Fullerton opens Big West play on Dec. 29 at home vs. UC Davis.
"I love where we are at going into conference," added Burton. "It was great to see us come from behind in the second half in a hard game against a good team. But now we have the break... we'll give them three days off and get back after it on Monday night. We couldn't be in a better place."