Dec. 29, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
Kwame Vaughn scored 17 points including two crucial free throws with 4.8 seconds to play Thursday night as Cal State Fullerton hung on to win its Big West Conference opener over UC Davis, 65-64.
Vaughn's free throws offset a 3-point basket at the buzzer by Josh Ritchart, who led the Aggies (1-12, 0-1) with 19 points. D. J. Seeley added 13 points and Orange Chin just missed a double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the Titans (9-3, 1-0), who won their sixth in a row to match their longest win streak since 2007-08.
Harrison DuPont was the only other Aggie in double figures with 11 points. Alex Tiffin had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Davis never led in the game and was tied only at 2-2 and 59-59, the latter with 2:15 to play. Vaughn then hit a 3-pointer for a 62-59 CSF lead. Tyrell Corbin cut it to 62-61 with a short jumper. Seeley made one of two free throws with 25 seconds left. Eddie Miller's baseline jumper to tie missed with 7 seconds left and the Aggies had to foul Vaughn after the team rebound.
It was a game of contrasting halves. The Titans shot 58 percent in the first half compared to 39 percent for the Aggies for a 43-30 lead at the break after leading by as many as 16 points. But Fullerton made only 1 of its first 13 shots after intermission and finished at 23 percent for the period while the Aggies improved to 56 percent including 4 of 9 3-pointers. For the game, Davis shot 47 percent and the Titans came In at a season low of 39 percent.
"It was closer than I would have liked, but I like that we won the game," said Fullerton Coach Bob Burton. "We played really well in the first half but I was disappointed in our second-half play. We lost our aggressiveness offensively and defensively and missed so many easy shots that we gave them life.
"And Davis played great. They put their pre-season behind them and they easily could be 1-0 and us be 0-1.
"I think the second half for us was more mental but they (Davis) had a lot to do with it. We couldn't stop them in the second half.
"The three transfers (Seeley, Vaughn and Omondi Amoke) all stepped up and got the win. Good players will do that.
"But I thought Perry Webster was why we won the game. He got our offense moving and played great (3 points, 6 assists)."
Fullerton hosts Pacific on Monday night. The Tigers lost a non-conference game Thursday at Fresno State, 55-47.