March 4, 2008
Bakersfield, Calif. - Senior Scott Cutley had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Frank Robinson had 22 points and 6 rebounds Tuesday night as Cal State Fullerton held on for an 84-80 non-conference men's basketball victory at Cal State Bakersfield.
The win improved the Titans' record to 20-8 and gave them only their second regular-season 20-victory total. The Roadrunners completed their season at 8-21 despite career-high efforts of 25 points from Demarcus Hall and 20 from Donald Lee, who added 15 rebounds.
Fullerton led by 9 at the half and by 20 at 73-53 with 11 minutes remaining before the Roadrunners made a late surge. They cut the deficit to four before Robinson hit two free throws with 1:53 remaining. They got it back to four and Robinson missed a one-and-one with 36 seconds to play but the Roadrunners missed their final five shots around four offensive rebounds on a long final possession.
"Considering the situation, it was a really good win for us," said Head Coach Bob Burton. "I don't think we played extremely well but we responded when we had to.
"Playing this kind of a game in the middle of the Big West stretch run was difficult. And it was their senior night. We were worried about this one."
Fullerton trailed only once at 8-7 and led by 11 points at one time in the first half. Josh Akognon made 4 of 7 3-point field goals on his way to 18 points but he fouled out with 2:28 to play.
Hall came into the game averaging 8 points and Lee was averaging 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds. Hall made 10 of 12 shots and Lee was 9 of 10 but the rest of the Roadrunners were 12-for-47 from the floor.
Fullerton wraps up the regular season at UC Irvine on Saturday night. The Titans are 11-4 in the Big West and could end up anywhere between first and fourth place.