Dec. 12, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Junior guard Devon Peltier came off the bench for a season-high 21 points and junior center Bryce Webster added a season-best 16 points Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton cruised to a 97-59 non-conference victory over Occidental College.
The Div. I Titans snapped a 3-game losing streak to improve to 4-3 while the Div. III Tigers fell to 5-2 as their 5-game winning streak ended. Jack Hanley and Eric Leider each had 16 points for the Tigers, who trailed at the half, 58-19, as Fullerton shot 70 percent from the floor in the first period.
Peltier made 8 of 12 shots including 5 of 9 from the 3-point line for the Titans, who made 10 of 15 treys in the first half. Occidental actually won the second half by a point, thanks to 7 of 10 3-point shooting.
"Tonight we saw what Devon can do," said CSF Head Coach Bob Burton. "He's a great shooter and we need to get him in there and find him. He scored 21 points in 21 minutes."
Fullerton used an early 20-3 run to build a 22-5 lead 8 minutes into the game. After the teams traded baskets for a few minutes, Fullerton used an 11-0 run to build a 38-12 lead and later it scored the final 14 points of the first half.
The biggest lead in the game was 44 points at 63-19 less than two minutes into the second half. Occidental finished with 25 turnovers to 10 for Fullerton.
"We had three goals going into the game," said Burton. "To play aggressive defense, to run our fast break and to move the ball. We really saw all of that tonight.
"That was the best ball movement we've had this year. We shot 70 percent. It was really encouraging, because when you have a team outmanned like this, players can get selfish and try to score on their own.
"Now the question is can we go back on the road and carry this over against opponents with more talented players?"
Fullerton got only 2 points and 7 minutes from senior forward Gerard Anderson. He lacerated his right hand on a spectacular lob dunk play and was taken for stitches in a hand that was lacerated in practice two weeks ago.
"He needed to play tonight, for game conditioning," said Burton.
Fullerton takes a week off for final exams before heading to Logan, Utah, for the Basketball Travelers Tournament on Dec. 21-23. The Titans wil face Weber State, Utah State and Morehead State.
Occidental's next game is at home against SMU.