FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton men's basketball could not complete the season sweep of UC Irvine on Saturday night as they fell at home to the Anteaters by a score of 63-58. Junior guard Kyle Allman, Jr. scored a game-high 20 points for CSF but the team's 58 points was the third-lowest total of the season.
Tommy Rutherford (17 points, four rebounds) led the way for UC Irvine (11-14, 6-3 BWC). Evan Leonard (14 points, seven assists, six rebounds) and Eyassu Worku (12 points, six rebounds, three assists) also scored in double figures for UCI. The Anteaters never trailed on Saturday night as they led for 38 minutes and the game was tied for the other two minutes. UCI out-rebounded Cal State Fullerton (12-9, 5-4) 43-36, with 11 offensive rebounds and eight second-chance points.
Allman scored at least 20 points for the ninth time this season and the third straight game. Sophomore guard Austen Awosika scored a career-high 16 points while hauling in seven rebounds (four offensive). He also dished out two assists and had a steal. Junior guard Khalil Ahmad had 10 points, two rebounds, a team-high three assists and three steals. Sophomore forward Jackson Rowe had 11 rebounds, a block and three steals for CSF.
CSF shot just 32.8% (19-58) from the field and 27.8% (5-18) from beyond the arc. The Titans did connect on 75% (15-20) of their free throws. The Anteaters did not shoot well either, going just 38.6% (22-57) from the field and 21.4% (3-14) from distance. They too had a good night at the stripe, hitting 16 of 19 tries (84.2%).
Cal State Fullerton hosts Cal Poly on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN3 then heads to UC Davis on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT.
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