Dec. 9, 2005
San Francisco, Calif. - Jamaal Brown scored a career-high 30 points and missed his career high by one with 13 rebounds Friday evening to lead Cal State Fullerton to an 88-80 victory over Chicago State in the opening game of the USF Invitational in San Francisco. The Titans, now 4-1, will face the winner of the upcoming USF-New Mexico State game.
Royce Parran scored 35 points -- 28 in the second half - as the Cougars rallied from 18 points down with less than 3 minutes to play to get as close as 82-78 at the 1:41 mark. David Holston added 10 points for Chicago State, which fell to 1-4.
Justin Burns had 13 points and 7 rebounds for Fullerton despite playing with an abdominal strain. Frank Robinson came off the bench for 12 points and 6 rebounds and Jermaine Harper had 10 points. Bobby Brown scored only 9 points but had a game-high 8 assists.
Fullerton led for all but the opening minutes and appeared to have the game in hand. But Chicago State scored 11 unanswered points in less than a minute including a 7-point possession - basket by Parran, intentional foul on Jamaal Brown resulting in two Parran free throws and then a 3-pointer by Jones on the ensuing inbounds play. And when John Clemmons was called for a foul on the next inbounds play, Parran hit two more free throws to make it a 4-point game.
Jamaal Brown made 4 of 4 free throws and Burns added two more to regain control at 88-78.
Parran, who averaged 22 points in the first four games, hit 6 of 13 3-point tries, many from NBA distance. He also made 9 of 11 free throws as he was able to penetrate the Titan defense. He is only the seventh opponent to score 35 or more points on a Fullerton Div. I team, which dates to 1975.
But Brown was unstoppable inside for the Titans, making 10 of 16 field goal tries. Fullerton shot 48 percent from the floor compared to 39 percent by Chicago State, which made 11 of 31 3-pointers.
After Chicago State jumped out to a 5-1 lead, Fullerton went on an extended 22-5 run for a 23-10 lead at the 8:57 mark of the first half. The Cougars got as close as 27-24 but Robinson scored the game's next 5 points and Chicago State wouldn't get any closer until the final two minutes.