Nov. 28, 2007
Tucson, AZ - Freshman guard Jerryd Bayless scored 21 points and sophomore forward Chase Budinger had 17 to lead Arizona to a 91-65 victory over Cal State Fullerton Wednesday night in Tucson, the Titans' first loss of the season after three wins.
The Wildcats (4-2) used an 18-2 run to open an early 20-4 lead and never were threatened. "This was obviously very disappointing," said CSF Head Coach Bob Burton. "I didn't think we would play this poorly.
"I think Arizona is starting to figure it out. That's the team that we saw at Kansas and they played the same way tonight.
"Our guys hadn't seen anything like that and we couldn't get any easy baskets. It was discouraging, but it showed our kids how far they have to go."
Fullerton made only 2 of its first 10 shots and had five of them blocked.
"We started out tentative," said Akognon, who faced Arizona for two years with Washington State. "I tried to shoot my way out of it, which was bad. My shot just doesn't fall in this building.
"Chase (Budinger) got on a roll and we backed off and started to watch. It was like we were in awe of him."
Arizona shot 62 percent from the floor including 67 percent in the first half, when it made 20 of 30 shots for 67 percent. Meanwhile, the Titans made only 12 of 33 in the first half and finished at 34 percent. The Wildcats blocked nine shots.
Senior forward Scott Cutley made his season's debut, getting 4 points and 3 rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench. He missed five weeks with a fractured right ankle and didn't start practicing until Friday.
Fullerton plays at Montana on Friday night. Arizona hosts No. 9 Texas A&M in its next contest.