Jan. 19, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
Jer'Vaughn Johnson had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds and Devon Peltier added 18 points to lead Cal State Fullerton to an 89-87 Big West Conference victory over Long Beach State Wednesday night in Titan Gym.
Casper Ware led the 49ers with 27 points and T. J. Robinson had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Fullerton (7-12, 3-4) snapped Long Beach's (11-9, 6-1) 6-game winning streak and beat the 49ers for the sixth time in seven tries in the 100th meeting of the series, which Long Beach now leads, 58-42. The crowd of 2,733 was easily Fullerton's biggest of the season.
Fullerton led most of the game and took its biggest lead at 84-74 with 45 seconds left after a Johnson free throw. The 49ers got as close as 4 points before Peltier made a free throw with 3.3 seconds left and Ware banked in a long trey at the buzzer.
"It was a terrific win and the crowd really helped us," said CSF Coach Bob Burton. "It's really encouraging to see how hard and how well we played. We've played that way the last two games at home.
"This was one of those games that even had we lost I would have been proud of the effort. We were really competing, and trying and playing together. It was a great environment tonight."
Twice Long Beach State took the lead only to see Fullerton bounce right back. The 49ers used a 20-5 run over the latter part of the first half to turn a 22-13 deficit into a 33-27 lead. But Fullerton scored the final 8 points of the half capped by a Johnson layup at the buzzer after a Long Beach turnover.
Fullerton will return home on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. to take on UC Santa Barbra. Long Beach is at UC Irvine.