Titans Eclipse Century Mark in Exhibition Win
FULLERTON, Calif. – Led by returners Alex Harris and Jared Brandon, Cal State Fullerton's offense ran on all cylinders as the Titans defeated Redlands, 108-77, in an exhibition game at Titan Gym on Saturday night.
The contest was the first and final tune-up for the Titans, who open the 2103-14 season with first-year head coach Dedrique Taylor on Saturday at Montana State.
Harris led all scorers with 22 points, shooting 10-of-12 from the floor as his only two misses were from three-point range (2-of-4). The junior guard also found his way to a game-high 13 rebounds.
Brandon poured in 20 points on a 7-of-9 shooting performance, while also knocking down 6-of-8 from the free-throw line, dishing four assists and grabbing three steals.
In his first action as a Titan, Josh Gentry added 19 points off the bench on a 7-of-10 shooting performance.
As a team, Fullerton shot an astonishing 56.6 percent (43-of-76) from the floor.
Redlands, the defending Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions, was led by Ricky Peetz's 21-point effort as the guard drained five three-pointers to lead the Bulldogs.
Fullerton took a healthy 44-25 lead into the half, as Harris led the Titans with 14 points in the first period. The Titans shot 47.4 percent (18-of-38) during the first 20 minutes of action, and knocked down three buckets from long distance.
A 17-2 run pushed the lead up to 21, 40-19, with 2:38 left in the half as Gentry drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with the shot clock winding down.
Freshman Sheldon Blackwell showed his agility in the first half converting a three-point play after driving through the lane and dropping in lay-in despite being fouled with 9:12 left in the first to give Fullerton a 28-17 lead.
Cal State Fullerton officially opens the 2013-14 season at on Saturday at Montana State as tip-off is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. PT. The Titans play four of their first five games on the road, and return to Titan Gym on Saturday, Nov. 16 to host Santa Clara at 3:00 p.m. in Titan Gym.
Notes: Saturday's exhibition was Dedrique Taylor's first contest as head coach at Cal State Fullerton.