Nov. 14, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. -
Guard Ray Reed scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 9 assists Tuesday night to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 98-65 non-conference victory over Hope International.
It was the Titans' second rout of an NAIA opponent in two tries.
Aron Cline and Bryan Fincham each had 11 points to lead the Royals, who are 1-3 on the season and treat a game against a Div. I opponent as an exhibition. Marko Torovic had 10 points and 9 rebounds and Enrique Villarreal had 10 points and 7 rebounds for HIU.
Four other Titans scored in double figures including forward Chris Minardo, who had 18 points to go with a game-high 11 rebounds. Marcus Crenshaw had 16 points, Marcus Morgan had 12 and Kenneth Alexander had 11 for the Titans, who again played without suspended starters Bobby Brown, Frank Robinson and Scott Cutley.
Hope stayed with the more athletic Titans for the first 8 minutes, forging a 12-12 tie when Trent Hardeman hit a 3-pointer with 12:54 to go in the first half. But the Titans, who made only 4 of their first 16 shots, went on a 14-0 run capped by Andrew Green's jumper for a 26-12 lead with 9:29 to go. Hope got the margin back to single digits only at 26-17 before the Titans pulled out to a 49-30 halftime lead as Crenshaw hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left.
Reed was one assist shy of only the second triple-double in the Titans' Div. I history. Ralphy Holmes turned the trick against Cal State Northridge on March 5, 2005.
Fullerton's next action is an ambitious Thanksgiving Weekend road trip. The Titans play at Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 22, at Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 24 and at Eastern Washington on Nov. 27. The suspended players will be eligible to play beginning at Lafayette.