Aggies Defeat Cal State-Fullerton, 74-43
March 8, 2001
By BETH HARRIS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Dion Bailey had 13 points as 10 of Utah State's 12 players scored in the Aggies' 74-43 victory over Cal State-Fullerton in the opening round of the Big West Conference tournament Thursday.
The Aggies (25-5), the defending tournament champions, will face sixth-seeded Boise State (17-13) in Friday's semifinals.
Reserve Ike Harmon was the only player in double figures for the seventh-seeded Titans (5-23) with 12 points in his final college game.
Harmon's season mirrored the disruptions that Fullerton faced in Donny Daniels' first season as coach. Harmon missed a month of practice with a stress fracture in his foot, then was suspended for the first two games. His foot never recovered and he missed almost a month with a new stress fracture.
Fullerton trailed by three when the Aggies put the game away with a 31-11 run to close the first half ahead 40-17. Johnson and Bailey each had six points in the spurt.
The Titans never got closer than 21 points on a basket by David Castleton early in the second half. They shot 30.5 percent and were just 5-of-12 from the line.
Leading by 22 points, the Aggies stretched their advantage to 69-35 with 2:46 remaining on a 20-9 run that included seven by Bailey.
The Aggies, used to beating their opponents by an average of 13.8 points, had already defeated Fullerton twice by an average of 18 points.
Fullerton's troubled season ended with nine losses in its final 12 games.
Daniels, a former Utah assistant, worked under NCAA probation and sanctions and
never saw his entire roster together because of injuries and suspensions.