Akognon Erupts for 41 in Win over Bakersfield

Dec. 13, 2008

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Fullerton, Calif. - Josh Akognon matched his career high with 41 points and Gerard Anderson came off the injured list to add 15 Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton beat Cal State Bakersfield, 87-64, in non-conference men's basketball action.

Akognon had 21 points in the first half as the Titans blazed to a 52-25 lead by shooting 74 percent from the floor on their way to improving to 5-6 overall and 3-0 at home. Santwon Latunde had 19 points and a game-high 9 rebounds and Terrence Johns added 18 points and 7 boards for the Roadrunners, who fell to 3-7.

Akognon hit all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half and finished 6-for-11 from behind the arc. He made 10 of 20 field goals overall and was a school record 15-for-15 at the foul line in matching his 41-point effort at Hawaii on Nov. 16. Only one other Div. I Titan has scored more than 41 points and it's only the second time Bakersfield has given up more than 40 points to one player.

Akognon also shared the team lead with 7 rebounds and had 4 assists.

The best previous free-throw game by a Titan was a 14-for-14 effort by Kevin Henderson on Dec. 5, 1985, vs. Texas Tech.

Bakersfield shot only 34 percent for the game while the Titans ended up at 55 percent.

Fullerton used a 9-0 run to open an early 11-3 lead and a 14-2 spurt made it a 30-10 game with 11 minutes to go in the first half. The biggest lead was 32 points.

Anderson missed all but one minute of the last two games due to a sprained ankle.

Fullerton takes next week off for final exams before hosting Montana State on Dec. 22 in a rematch of a 74-60 loss in Bozeman on Tuesday night. Bakersfield travels to South Dakota State for a Tuesday night game.