Feb. 23, 2012
Stockton, Calif. - TITANS RALLY TO NIP PACIFIC, 69-68
Isiah Umipig scored 19 points including a 3-point basket with 13 seconds to play Thursday that gave Cal State Fullerton a 69-68 Big West Conference victory at Pacific.
Fullerton won its sixth in a row to sweep the season series and improve to 19-7 overall and 10-3, good for second place in the Big West. Pacific fell to 11-16, 6-8.
After Umipig gave Fullerton its first lead of the game, Pacific missed a chance to go back ahead when Andrew Bock missed a driving layup with 4 second to go. Umipig missed a free throw with 2 seconds left but the Tigers couldn't get a shot off.
Three of Fullerton's other four starters also scored in double figures. D. J. Seeley had 15 points and 8 rebounds, Orane Chin had 13 points and 9 rebounds and Kwame Vaughn had 10 points. Omondi Amoke had only 5 poiints but 11 rebounds.
Ross Rivera led Pacific with 17 points, Travis Fulton had 14 and Khalil Kelly added 13. The Tiger shot only 40 percent but made 20 of 27 free throws. Fullerton made only 5 of 10 but shot 47 percent from the floor and made 10 of 30 3-point attempts.
Pacific scored the first five points of the game and led until the finalseconds. The halftime edge of 41-35 grew to 45-35 and the last lead of 10 points was at 52-42 with 13:57 to play. Fullerton went on a 9-0 run capped by a Chin bucket at 9:42 but fell behind again.
Markus Duran put Pacific ahead 68-66 but missed a second free throw, leaving an opening for Umipig, who scored out of a set play.
"It was a tremendous victory on the road," said Fullerton Head Coach Bob Burton. "It was a grind it out win. We didn't play very well until the final five minutes when we got some stops and showed our resiliency. It's a testimony to this team's character.
"We were in foul trouble all night. And Zeke (Umipig) stepped up and made a big shot."
Umipig, the Big West's leader in 3-pointers made per game, was 5 of 10 from the arc and scored 17 of his points in the second half.
Fullerton completes the road trip Saturday night at UC Davis.