Aug. 30, 2008
Langley, BC - Josh Akognon scored 38 points to lead six Cal State Fullerton players in double figures as the Titans jumped off a plane and ran away to a 108-73 victory Friday night at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, in a men's basketball international exhibition.
Akognon hit 8 of 17 from the 3-point line and the Titans made 16 of 44 as a team in the run-and-gun affair played under international rules. Fullerton scored the first 10 points of the second quarter to take a 33-17 lead and coasted the rest of the way.
Letterman guard Marcio Lassiter scored 14 points and newcomers Ray Miller (13), Jacques Streeter (11), Aaron Thompson (11) and Gerard Anderson (10) also reached double figures. Miller led the way with 10 rebounds as Fullerton held a 17-rebound advantage.
The Titans' didn't take off from Los Angeles International Airport until after 5 p.m. and didn't land in Vancouver until about 8 p.m. After clearing immigration and getting their luggage and making a 50-minute drive to Langley, the game didn't begin until about 10 p.m. NCAA rules prohibit players from missing class time for international exhibitions, hence a scheduled 4:15 departure that was delayed by mechanical problems.
Jacob Doerksen, selected the top prep player in British Columbia a few years ago, led the Spartans with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Matt Meyers (14) was the only other TWU player in double figures. TWU made only 8 of 23 treys and only 15 of 25 free throws. Fullerton plays Saturday night at Simon Fraser University and Sunday at the University of British Columbia.