Dec. 30, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. -
Devon Peltier's three-point field goal with four-tenths of a second left to play Thursday night enabled Cal State Fullerton to salvage a 54-51 Big West Conference victory over Pacific.
Fullerton (5-9, 1-1) had a 19-point lead early in the second half and failed to score after the 5:16 mark until Peltier's trey bounced off the rim, off the backboard and slowly into the net. The Tigers (8-6, 1-1) had tied it up, 51-51, with a closing 12-0 run capped by two free throws at 0:28 by Demetrece Young.
Andre Hardy led the Titans with 17 points and 9 rebounds before being ejected for a flagrant foul with 2:57 to play. Pacific's Sam Willard had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
After Hardy's technical, Pat Eveland made two free throws to make it 51-49 Fullerton and neither team scored again until the final 28 seconds. Titan reserve Sedric Martin, who hasn't played in Fullerton's two conference games, was cited for dunking during warm ups, giving Pacific a 2-point lead before tip-off on two Young free throws.
"It was an absolutely terrific win," said Fullerton Head Coach Bob Burton. "Hopefully we can build on this.
"Even if we had lost, I would have been proud of our effort tonight. If we play like that the rest of the time, maybe we can turn this thing around. Both our zone and man-to-man defenses were terrific.
"We had a lot of energy tonight. We substituted more freely to try to stay fresh the whole game. But Pacific is good and they figured things out in the second half after shooting 25 percent in the first half. We couldn't guard Willard."
The Titans had an 12-point lead at the half, outscoring the Tigers 31-19, which is the fewest points Fullerton has given up in the first half of a game all season. UoP shot only 25 percent before heating up to 50 percent in the second half.
Pacific failed to score for over seven minutes in the first half, allowing Fullerton to go on an 11-0 scoring run. Fullerton shot at 46 percent in the first half.
Before this game, Pacific had defeated the Titans four times in a row and 24 tims in the last 30 meetings.