Nov. 24, 2006
Lafayette, LA - Bobby Brown's driving bank shot with 3.5 seconds remaining in overtime Friday night lifted Cal State Fullerton to a 91-89 non-conference victory over the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Titans are 4-0 for the first time since 1989 while the Cajuns fall to 1-3.
Liberty University transfer David Dees led the Cajuns with 37 points and 10 rebounds. Ross Mouton scored 27 points but missed a desperation 3-point try at the buzzer.
"Obviously it was a great win on the road in overtime," said Coach Bob Burton. "I was glad to see the `new' guys back on the floor. For their first games I was happy with the way they played."
Both teams had 2-point leads in overtime with the Cajuns last leading at 86-84 with 1:31 to play on two Mouton free throws. Cutley scored inside to tie the game and Burns hit two free throws for an 88-86 lead with 44 seconds left.
Rhett Hebert was fouled trying a 3-pointer for Louisiana and went to the foul line for three shots. He made the first to run the Cajuns' team totals to 31 of 37. But he missed the next two and so did Valentino Hart after getting a rebound and being fouled.
Brown made one of two free throws for an 89-87 lead with 28 seconds left only for Dees to tie it with a power layup with 8 seconds left. Brown then took the inbounds pass and went up the left side and all the way to the basket.
Fullerton had to survive a jumper by Dees at the regulation buzzer. Cutley had tied the score at 78 with a power move with 31 seconds to play.
Fullerton snapped a 17-game home-court winning streak against non-conference foes by the Cajuns, who had won 52 of their last 57 home games overall.
The Titans came out firing on all cylinders offensively and defensively. They hit 7 of their first 9 shots and forced five early Ragin' Cajun turnovers to build a 29-11 lead with 10:41 to go in the first half. But with Brown, Cutley and Frank Robinson tiring in their first game action, the Cajuns went on a 9-0 run which became a 18-2 surge to narrow the deficitto 31-29 with 5:17 on the clock. Fullerton got the lead back up to 7 points and settled for a 45-40 halftime advantage.
Dees' total of 37 points is the sixth most by a Titan opponent since 1980-81.
The last time the Titans were 4-0 they had beaten Lamar, West Texas State, Saint Mary's and Tulsa and went on to beat Cal State Northridge to go 5-0 before losing at Colorado State. That team featured senior Cedric Ceballos and freshman Bruce Bowen.
Fullerton will attempt to go 5-0 Monday night at Eastern Washington. The Eagles are 2-3 after a narrow loss Friday night at Washington. Their other losses are at UNLV and at Gonzaga