Dec. 4, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. -
Senior Jer'Vaugh Johnson scored a career-high 23 points with 7 rebounds and Orane Chin had 21 points and 6 boards Saturday night to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 90-76 non-conference victory over the University of San Diego.
Devon Peltier added 19 points, Roger Guardia had 14 off the bench and point guard Perry Webster had 10 assists and no turnovers as the Titans (3-5) completed a 2-game sweep of the Toreros (1-6), who have lost six in a row including a 62-59 home loss to the Titans on Nov. 21. Chris Manresa led the Toreros with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Darian Norris added 14 points and Ken Rancifer had 12 before fouling out.
Fullerton has won its last 12 home non-conference games and 31 of the last 32. The 90 points are a season high as the Titans shot 59 percent from the floor including 53 percent (8 of 15) from the 3-point line. USD stayed close most of the way thanks to a 29 for 35 effort at the foul line.
Fullerton led virtually the entire game, leading only 41-39 at the half but pulling away from a 67-64 lead to a 74-64 advantage at 7:11 with a 7-0 run triggered by a trey by Guardia, who hit all 4 of his attempts from behind the line while scoring a season high. USD's last lead was 23-22 at the 9:06 mark of the first half.
Johnson did not play in the first meeting between the teams in the Jenny Craig Pavilion due to a knee injury. He made 8 of 9 shots tonight and 7 of 9 free throws.
"As good as his statistics were, the minutes (30) were most impressive," said Fullerton Head Coach Bob Burton of Johnson. "He was terrific offensively and a key on defense. When he came out, we had major problems with Manresa. Our other guys couldn't guard him.
"We're finally getting our team together. We played together offensively, as indicated by 59 percent shooting and 19 assists. We were sharing the ball. Defensively, we have a lot of work to do."
Fullerton has two tough road games next week, at Arizona on Wednesday and at Portland State on Sunday afternoon.