Dec. 18, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. -
Jer'Vaughn Johnson scored 18 points, Perry Webster had 17 points and 8 assists and freshman Isiah Umipig came off the bench for a career-high 15 points Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton pulled away in the second half for a 76-48 non-conference win over Occidental College.
Deshun McCoy had 17 points and Kris Montoya added 14 for the Div. III Tigers, who fell to 4-3, losing their second game of the year to a Div. I school. Fullerton improved to 3-0 at home and 4-7 overall by shooting 67 percent from the floor in a 47-point second half. Fullerton committed 9 turnovers in the first half and none in the second half at the conclusion of final exams week.
"That's why we scheduled this game when we did," said CSF Coach Bob Burton. "It's always a very difficult time. The first half was nerve-wracking and in all honesty, the credit goes to Occidental. They played well and smart and took care of the basketball.
"We challenged our players in the second half... If you don't play defense, you don't play. They (Montoya) hit a wide-open three at the buzzer which was indicative of our first half. We started a different group in the second half.
"Umipig saved us in the first half. He got in there and made some big baskets."
Fullerton scored only 4 points in the first 9 minutes and trailed 9-4 and 11-7 with Johnson scoring all the Fullerton points until Umipig's trey at 9:49. A jumper by Orane Chin at 7:34 put the Titans ahead to stay at 16-15 but the Tigers trailed by only 5 at the half, 29-24, and kept it close for the first four minutes of the second half. But Fullerton went on an 11-0 run to turn a 38-33 lead into a 49-33 advantage and the lead stayed double digits the rest of the way.
Fullerton is now 7-0 all-time vs. Occidental.
Fullerton has a rematch with Montana on Wednesday night in Titan Gym. The Grizzlies won the first meeting, 75-67, in Missoula on Nov. 30.