Second Half Carries CSF

Nov. 4, 2011

Fullerton, Calif. -

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Isiah Umipig and Kwame Vaughn each scored 18 points to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 71-56 men's basketball exhibition win Friday night over Cal State Los Angeles.

Sophomore Umipig scored 16 of his points in the second half as the Titans pulled away from a slim 26-24 lead at intermission. Vaughn, a junior transfer from Univ. of San Francisco making his Fullerton debut, also led all rebounders with 8.

Quinton Watkins had 11 points and Leland Jones 10 for the Golden Eagles, who shot a frigid 22 percent (11-for-49) from the floor for the game. Fullerton shot only 29 percent in the first half but made 56 percent of its shots in the second half with Umipig hitting 4 of 7 from the 3-point line.

"We've got a lot of work to do. The first half looked more like a football game," said Fullerton Head Coach Bob Burton. "It was our first time out under the lights so to speak. We fouled too much. Zeke (Umipig) got in early foul trouble and didn't play much in the first half. We need him on the floor to shoot the ball.

"Kwame played great. And Perry Webster got it going.

"It's been depressing not having Omondi Amoke and D. J. Seeley (out with injuries). Those two will change things when they are healthy.

"We need to get our big guys in shape to run the floor. We didn't know John Underwood (won NCAA hardship eligibility appeal) was going to be able to play until today and he gave us 16 minutes."

Cal State L.A. made only 4 field goals on 22 shots (18 percent) in the first half but a 14-for-16 effort at the foul line kept the Golden Eagles in the lead or tied until the 1:27 mark when Vaughn made a layup for a 24-22 Fullerton lead.

The Titans didn't take control until about a third of the way through the second half when they turned a 36-34 lead into a 50-35 advantage with 10:06 to go. Webster had 4 assists in the 14-1 run which included treys by Umipig and Orlando Brown. Fullerton maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Cal State L.A. had played a previous exhibition, losing at Syracuse.

Fullerton opens its regular season next Friday night at home vs. Redlands. Amoke and Seeley are questionable.