Cal State Fullerton bounces back for series split with CSUN

A night after being reprimanded by Coach Dedrique Taylor for an absence of effort, the Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball group got better on Sunday with a complete-game success over Cal State Northridge, 85-77, at Titan Health club.

The Titans shed the opener of the two-game Large West Conference collection on Saturday night despite CSUN being without its 2 leading markers, and also Taylor lamented his group’s absence of strength.

“They responded properly as well as were actually scrappy against an excellent team,” Taylor said following Sunday’s win. “We didn’t actually chat regarding offense or protection before the game, simply doing what we do in technique as well as playing hard.”

Sunday’s rematch was close throughout, however the Titans finally took control with a late run. Leading 68-67 with 4:48 left, they outscored the Matadors 13-6, Vincent Lee scoring seven factors as well as Dante Maddox Jr. and Tory San Antonio hitting 3-pointers. That offered the Titans (3-4 total, 2-4 Big West) an eight-point lead with 1:48 left and also the Matadors could not obtain closer than six points the remainder of the way.

Lee led the team with a career-high 25 factors on 10-for-13 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds. Lance Spivey included 13 factors off the bench, Maddox had 11 off the bench and also San Antonio had 10.

“We did a good of locating Vincent within,” Taylor stated of the 6-foot-8 student forward. “I believe we can rack up enough, yet we need to acquire in to playing properly. We recognize what Vincent can do. We have sufficient individuals who can shoot and score inside, we simply have to have more of an effort to playing hard.”

The Matadors (5-4, 1-1) were once more without TJ Starks (18.1 ppg) and also Lance Coleman (15.7 ppg), and the Titans placed a wall surface around guard Brendan Harrick, who made 7 3-pointers on Saturday. Miles Brookins (6.3 ppg) additionally missed the ready CSUN.

Darius Brown racked up 14 factors with 6 rebounds and 7 aids for CSUN. Vante Hendrix scored 14 as well as Atin Wright had 22 factors off the bench.

“We played truly hard but I believe we have actually got to get a little smarter at times,” CSUN coach Mark Gottfried said. “We had some important mistakes yet our initiative was there. We had some men out as well as individuals tipped up. Atin stepped in there as well as had an amazing video game, George (Nwogu) got a few mins– he had not played a great deal.

“When Festus (Ndumanya) entered nasty difficulty that harmed us some. We’re still finding out, we need to improve defensively, we need to obtain a little better at implementing our offense and also getting the right shot. There’s no chance I could fault our effort, we simply turned up a little short.”

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Cal State Fullerton is arranged to host Hawaii on Friday and Saturday, with both video games at 3 p.m.

CSUN is arranged to host UC Santa Barbara on Friday as well as Saturday, with both games at 4 p.m.

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