Cal State Fullerton Upends Utah State 64-60

Feb. 19, 2005

Final Stats

FULLERTON, Calif. - Bobby Brown scored 18 points as three Cal State Fullerton players scored in double-figures as the Titans upset Utah State 64-60 Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym.

Yaphett King added 17 points, 14 of which came in the second-half, while Ralphy Holmes scored 16 points for Cal State Fullerton. Spener Nelson was the only Utah State player to score in double-figures as he finished with a game-high 24 points.

The Titans, who have won seven of its last eight games, improved to 15-8 on the season and 9-5 in the Big West Conference with the win, while Utah State fell to 19-7 overall and 10-5 in league play with the loss.

Utah State led 32-24 at the half behind 14 points from Nelson as the Aggies shot 60.9 percent from the field in the opening period and held the Titans to just 32.2 percent shooting.

Cal State Fullerton, however, scored the first 11 points of the second half to take a 35-32 lead with 15:51 remaining, its first since leading 9-8 early in the contest.

Utah State answered the Titans 11 points to open the half with an 8-2 run to take a 40-37 lead on a three-pointer by John Neil. Fullerton reclaimed the lead at 45-43 on a three-pointer from Brown and lead 49-45 before USU scored five unanswered points to lead 50-49.

Utah States final lead of the game came with 2:44 remaining as Jaycee Carroll hit two free throws to give USU a 57-55 lead.

After Holmes hit one of two free throws to cut USUs lead to one, Brown hit a circus-like jump shot in the lane with 1:31 remaining, was fouled, and made the free throw to give Fullerton a 59-57 advantage.

On the following possession, Carroll made one of two free throws to cut the lead to one, only to see King hit a three-pointer to give the Titans a four-point lead with :39 seconds remaining.

Utah States Nate Harris made a layup with :16 seconds remaining to cut the lead to two, but USU could get not closer as the Titans made two of four free throws in the final seconds to notch the win.



Utah State shot 53.7 percent from the field in the game, despite shooting just 44.4 percent in the second half. Conversely, the Titans made 48.4 percent of its shots in the second half and out-scored the Aggies 40-28.

Fullerton out-rebounded Utah State 33-27, becoming the first team in the last 10 games to accomplish that feat. For the game, CSF had 14 offensive rebounds, while USU had a season-low two. The Aggies also had a season-high 19 turnovers in the contest.

Utah State will conclude the regular season with three straight home games, starting with Long Beach State on Thur., Feb. 23 at 7:05 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

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