May 27, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Years from now, Cal State Fullerton's 2009-10 men's basketball season will likely be remembered more for its parts than the whole.
In between a historic win at UCLA in the Bruins' season opener and Gerard Anderson's ill-advised go-for-broke attempt in the NCAA's Slam-Dunk Contest, the Titans provided themselves and their fans many more memorable moments. From the dramatic to heart-breaking or frustrating, the memories are not likely to soon fade away.
The bottom line was a 16-15 record -- a winning season, the fifth in six years and the fifth of Coach Bob Burton's 7-year tenure that has made him the winningest Div. I coach in school history with 123 victories. The Titans tied for third place in the Big West Conference at 8-8 and had a knack for playing their best when the television cameras were turned on, going 6-1. Most of the games went down to the final few minutes and six required overtime. An inexplicable inability to win at home down the stretch -- they lost their last four home Big West games -- prevented a more successful outcome.