Dec. 23, 2006
Fullerton, CA -
Senior point guard Bobby Brown scored 26 points and junior forward Scott Cutley had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds Satuday afternoon as Cal State Fullerton ran away from San Jose State, 104-77, in a non-conference men's basketball game.
The Titans are now 9-2 and off to their best start since the 1983-84 team opened 13-2.
The Spartans got career highs from Menelik Barbary (24 points) and Devonte Thomas (18 points) but were out of the game by halftime and fell to 1-10.
Marcus Crenshaw (19), Ray Reed (15) and Justin Burns (14) also were in double figures for the Titans, who had 29 assists including 8 by Brown and 7 by Reed.
Fullerton forced 14 first-half turnovers and turned them into 22 points while shooting 59 percent from the floor to build a 51-27 advantage. The Spartans never got the deficit under 20 points in the second half and fell behind by as many as 32 points.
Cutley scored the first six points of the game and the Titans never trailed. They had a 17-4 run to turn a 14-6 lead into a 31-10 advantage with 8:35 to go in the half. With Barbary (10) and Thomas (5) accounting for all 15 points in a 15-7 surge, the Spartans closed the gap to 13 points at 38-25 at 3:57. But the Titans outscored the visitors 13-2 to end the half.
Fullerton opens Big West Conference play Thursday at Cal Poly while San Jose State next plays at Duke on Dec. 31.