Dec. 28, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Jacques Streeter scored a season-high 23 points and Aaron Thompson hit all four of his 3-point field goal attempts on his way to 16 points Monday night as Cal State Fullerton outlasted Cal State Bakersfield, 77-70, in non-conference play.
Center Bryce Webster added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Titans, who snapped a 3-game losing streak to improve to 5-6 on the eve of Big West Conference play.
Freshman Stephon Carter scored a season-high 24 points for the Roadrunners, who fell to 1-10 after their ninth consecutive loss. Santwon Latunde came off the bench for 11 rebounds and 7 points for CSUB.
Fullerton twice appeared to have the game in hand. The Titans led by as many as 16 points at 45-29 with 14:34 to play. But Bakersfield used an 11-0 run to draw even at 51-51 with 8:03 to play after a Carter jump shot.
Fullerton got back-to-back treys from Thompson and Streeter and a deuce from Streeter for an 8-0 run and it pulled out to a 73-59 lead with a minute to go. But the Raodrunners came up with some steals out of a full-court press and scored 9 unanswered points in 31 seconds to make it 73-68. Jer'Vaughn Johnson ended the run with one of two free throws for CSF before Bryan Emanuel's 3-point try rimmed out with 17 seconds to play and the Roadrunners had to start fouling.
The Titans shot 47 percent from the floor to 37.5 percent for the Roadrunners, who made only 7 of 28 shots in the first half to trail, 31-24. Fullerton made only 1 of its first 10 treys before Thompson and Devon Peltier (3-for-5, 15 points) warmed up.
"It was critical for us to get a win," said Fullerton Head Coach Bob Burton.
"It was huge. There were a lot of things I could be critical of, but it's important to be positive and build on the things we did well.
"We changed our defense -- backed off the pressure and were more into containment.
"For a while there, we couldn't score. We had a terrible offensive stretch and were not getting stops at the other end.
"But we stepped up and got the lead back up again. I was happy with the way we played under pressure, especially Jacques. He made a lot of plays and Bryce had his best game for us."
Fullerton opens Big West play Saturday at UC Davis. Independent Bakersfield hosts Cal Poly on Friday.