Dec. 20, 2006
Fullerton, CA - Justin Burns scored 16 points and Bobby Brown had a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists Wednesday night to lead Cal State Fullerton to an 85-49 non-conference rout over Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Titans, who beat the Ragin' Cajuns in overtime in Lafayette on Nov. 24, completed the season sweep and improved to 8-2, their best start since the 1990-91 team also opened 8-2.
Louisiana got 19 points from Ross Mouton but no one else was in double figures and it fell to 2-9.
The margin of victory was Fullerton's largest over a Div. I opponent since a 104-67 win over Lamar on Nov. 24, 1989.
The Ragin' Cajuns were in the game for only one stretch. They turned a 10-4 deficit into a 12-10 lead when Tyren Johnson hit a jumper with 12:39 remaining in the first half. Fullerton took a timeout and came back with a 23-4 run bracketed by three-pointers by Marcus Crenshaw and Frank Robinson for a 33-16 lead with 4:45 to go. At that point, eight different Cajuns had scored 2 points.
Fullerton led 44-23 at the half and put the game away with an 8-0 run for a 58-31 lead with 16:15 to play. The biggest lead was 85-45. The Titans are unbeaten at home this season and have won nine in a row in Titan Gym dating to last season.
David Dees, the No. 3 scorer in the Sunbelt Conference at 20.4 points per game, scored only 4 points on 2-for-7 shooting. Louisiana made only 3 of 17 3-point attempts and shot just 36 percent from the floor overall. Fullerton outrebounded the visitors 47-34 and won the turnover battle, 23-16.
Fullerton's Scott Cutley, who had 31 points in Fullerton's win in Louisiana, had only 7 but had a game-high 7 rebounds playing with a fractured left (non-shooting) thumb.
Brown moved into the No. 3 spot on the Titans' career scoring list at 1,562 points, passing Ike Harmon at 1,557. No. 2 is Richard Morton at 1,705.
The Titans host San Jose State on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. In their final tuneup for Big West Conference play.