Defense, Rebounding Effort Return in Win at FIU
Dec. 28, 2005
Miami, Florida - Junior guard Bobby Brown scored 24 points and three teammates hit double figures in scoring Wednesday evening to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 74-57 victory over host Florida International in the consolation game of the FIU Holiday Classic in Miami, Florida.
Jamaal Brown and Frank Robinson each had 13 points with Jamaal grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds and Robinson adding 5 steals and 7 rebounds. Jermaine Harper came out of a prolonger shooting slump to make 3 of 8 3-point field goal tries on his way to 11 points.
Ivan Almonte led the Golden Panthers with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Elvis Lora scored 12 points, all in the second half, and Facindo Giorgi had 11, all in the first half, for FIU.
The win left the Titans with a 6-3 record going into Big West Conference action which begins Monday night with Cal Poly SLO visiting Titan Gym. FIU of the Sun Belt Conference lost its sixth game in a row to fall to 3-8.
"This was a gut check game for us, coming back after a disappointing effort last night," said Fullerton Coach Bob Burton. "We played great tonight. We played tough defensively and rebounded tough. We really stepped up after a hard night and day. Everyone came ready to go and responded beautifully.
Nunez, a junior transfer from Ventura College, had 8 points and 4 rebounds in 11 minutes of play. That's more points and rebounds than he had totaled in the last 7 games.
Fullerton took its first lead at 7-6 in the game's fourth minute and held the advantage the rest of the way. Bobby Brown had 11 points and Robinson added 10 as Fullerton opened a 38-24 lead at the half. Unlike in their two previous losses, the Titans maintained a double-digit lead and eventually stretched it to as many as 22 points at 62-40 with 7:18 to play. FIU never got closer than the final margin.
The Titans outrebounded FIU by a 48-34 margin and committed five fewer turnovers.