March 5, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Junior Justin Burns scored a career-high 22 points and senior Jermaine Harper added 21 Sunday afternoon as Cal State Fullerton rolled to a 95-82 non-conference victory over South Dakota State.
Matt Cadwell scored 27 points and Ben Beran had 19 points and 8 rebounds for the Jackrabbits, who concluded their season with a 9-20 mark.
Fullerton also got a double-double from Jamaal Brown with 15 points and 10 rebounds and 14 points and 9 assists from Bobby Brown to clinch a winning season at 15-12. On the heels of last year's 21-11 mark, this is the first back-to-back winning seasons for the Titans since 1983-84 and 1984-85. Fullerton begins play Wednesday in the Big West Conference Post-Season Tournament in Anaheim.
Both teams made at least half their field goals and both made more than 50 percent of their 3-point tries. The rebounds (CSF 33, SDSU 31) and turnovers (CSF 19, SDSU 20) were almost identical. But Fullerton made 18 of 23 free throws to 9 of 11 from SDSU even though the foul differential was only two.
Fullerton took the lead for good at 13-12 six minutes into the game and a series of dunks by Frank Robinson and Burns stretched the lead to as many as 13 points and it was 46-34 at the half.
The Jackrabbits pulled within 7 points on two occasions in the second hal and were still down only 64-56 with 13 minutes to play. Fullerton made five free throws in a row for a 13-point lead and the advantage was double digits the rest of the way.
No. 6-seeded Fullerton, which has won five of its last seven games, plays at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday vs. No. 7-seeded Cal State Northridge in the opening round of the BWC Tourney at the Anaheim Convention Center.