Nov. 23, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - Jamaal Brown scored a game-high 27 points and Bobby Brown erupted late to tally 22 Wednesday night to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 76-66 non-conference men's basketball victory over Pepperdine.
The Titans are 2-0 for the first time since 1992-93 while the Waves fall to 0-2.
Freshman point guard Michael Gerrity led Pepperdine with 19 points and 6 assists while Tashaan Forehan-Kelly had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Jamaal Brown and Jerard Moret led Fullerton with 9 rebounds each while Chris Oakes had 11 for the Waves. Junior Justin Burns added a career-high 15 points and 7 rebounds for Fullerton.
Neither team led by more than 4 points and there were six ties until Bobby Brown took over the game with about 5 minutes to play and the Titans trailing, 60-57. He singlehandedly outscored the Waves 10-0 to give Fullerton a 67-60 lead with 3:10 to play. His behind the back-dribble and jummp shot at 4:32 put Fullerton ahead for good at 61-60 and he followed up with a pair of 3-point field goals.
Pepperdine got as close as 67-62 but the Titans would make 7 out of 7 free throws down the stretch after making only 9 of their first 16.
Fullerton goes on the road for the entire month of December, beginning with a road trip to South Dakota State and Kansas State.
Pepperdine, which lost its opener at home to Connecticut, hosts red-hot UC Irvine on Saturday night.