Titans Rout Cold-Shooting Highlanders
Jan. 13, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. -
Senior center Justin Burns had game highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds and five teammates also scored in double figures Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton routed UC Riverside, 98-58, in a Big West Conference game.
Marcus Crenshaw had 17 points, Frank Robinson had 15 points and 9 rebounds and Scott Cutley had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Titans, who improved to 13-3 overall and 4-1 in the Big West in winning their 13th consecutive home game. Leading scorer Bobby Brown settled for only 14 points but added 10 assists for the third double-double in the lineup.
Chris Johnson scored 19 points and Henrik Thomsen added 10 to lead the Highlanders, who lost their 13th consecutive game and fell to 3-15, 0-5.
The 40-point margin of victory was the largest over a conference opponent in CSF history. The previous best was a 31-point win over New Mexico State (84-53) on Jan. 30, 1985.
Fullerton is 4-1 in conference play for the first time since 1983-84. Fullerton's overall 13-3 record is its best since that same team opened 13-2.
UC Riverside shot only 20.6 percent from the floor in falling behind at the half, 41-20. The Highlanders went more than 7 minutes between field goals as Fullerton turned a 15-8 lead at 12:08 into a 35-12 advantage before Dedrick Bates made a jumper at 4:40.
UCR got as close as 18 points several times in the second half before a 10-0 Fullerton run made it 55-27 with 15:34 to play. The Titans stretched the lead to as many as 49 points at 93-44 at 4:24 before clearing the bench.
Riverside warmed up only slightly, making 29 percent for the game and only 5 of 25 attempts from behind the 3-point line. Fullerton made half of its 3-pointers in the second half while shooting 66 percent for the final 20 minutes.
Burns had a double-double in the first half with 15 points and 10 rebounds, making 7 of 9 shots all inside. Fullerton ended up winning the battle of the boards, 56-31.
UCR made all 13 of its free-throw attempts while Fullerton made only 8 of 17.