Wow! Titans Win in OT

Jan. 8, 2011

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Riverside, Calif. - Devon Peltier scored 21 points including 6 in overtime Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton survived a frantic finish for an 83-77 Big West Conference victory at UC Riverside.

The Titans improved to 6-10 and 2-2 while UCR lost at home and in conference for the first times this season to fall to 6-8 and 1-1.

Isiah Umipig had 19 points and Jer'Vaughn Johnson (17 and 14) and Andre Hardy (14 and 10) had double-doubles. Orane Chin was the fifth starter in double figures with 11 points as the Titans played without junior point guard Perry Webster, who suffered a concussion in the UCI game on Wednesday.

Javon Borum had 23 points for UCR including five in the final 2.1 seconds of regulation, making a trey and then two free throws after the Titans were assessed a technical for calling a timeout they didn't have. Phil Martin had 17 but his 4 free throws were all the UCR scoring in OT.

"An incredible game, an incredible win," said CSF Coach Bob Burton. "I'm so proud of our guys for the way they competed in overtime after we screwed it up at the end of regulation."

The final minute of regulation began with Fullerton holding a 69-66 lead after Borum drilled a trey for UCR. Johnson scored inside for Fullerton with 29 seconds left but then fouled Kareem Nitoto with 14 seconds left. Nitoto made one free throw to make it 71-67. Umipig lost the ball on the inbounds play and then fouled out, sending Borum to the line with 8.8 seconds left. Borum made one and missed one with Hardy rebounding and getting fouled with 6 seconds left. He had made 2 of 7 free throws to that point but made both to apparently seal the win at 73-68.

But Borum made a hurried three and Hardy couldn't inbound the ball with 2.1 seconds left and tried to call a timeout. A technical foul was called and Borun calmly sank two free throws to tie the score at 73-73 and the game went to overtime when Peltier's 30-foot bank shot missed.

Fullerton won the tip and Peltier promptly made a trey to give Fullerton a lead it would not relinquish. A Martin free throw for UCR was the only other scoring until the 1:34 mark when Chin put in a follow shot to make it 78-74. Each team missed a layup in traffic before Peltier fired away with more than 25 seconds remaining on the shot clock but his trey from the corner found nothing but net and Fullerton had an 81-74 lead at 0:36.

Johnson then rebounded a missed trey by Nitoto, was fouled and made one of two free throws before he fouled Martin shooting a trey with 12 seconds remaining. Martin made all three to make it 82-77. Eric Williams, who played 19 minutes with Webster out and Umipig fouling out, hit one of two free throws with 8 seconds left for the final score and the only point by the Titan bench.

After an early 8-2 lead, the Titans scored only 3 points over the next 10 minutes to fall behind, 21-11. UCR maintained the lead until the 10:23 mark of the second half when Peltier hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 47. Another Peltier trey put Fullerton ahead, 50-47, and triggered an 11-0 Fullerton run to a 58-49 lead capped by Hardy's 3-point play at 5:52.

UCR scored 3 points on each of its next four possessions to more than offset two Peltier jumpers and the 12-4 run brought the hosts to within a point at 62-61 at 4:01.

But Fullerton scored the next 7 points for a 69-61 lead only to see UCR get a Martin layup to set up Borum's 3 at the 1-minute mark and the wild finish.

Johnson's 14 rebounds were a career high and helped the Titans to a 49-37 edge on the boards.

The win was only the second on the road this season for the Titans, who play next week at Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge.