Big Second Half Lifts Cal State Fullerton Past Aggies, 79-55

Feb. 7, 2005

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DAVIS, Calif. - Ralphy Holmes posted a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, and the Titans outscored the Aggies 54-27 in the second half as Cal State Fullerton defeated UC Davis 79-55 in a nonconference men's basketball game Monday evening.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 8-14 on the season while the Titans win back-to-back road games for the first time since the 1996-97 season and improve to 12-7.

The game turned in the opening minutes of the second half. After missing its first nine three-point attempts of the game, the Titans found their stroke in the second. After a Bobby Brown three-pointer in the opening minutes that tied the game, Yaphett King converted a layup with 18 and a half minutes left to give the Fullerton a 32-31 lead. That basket ignited a 22-6 run over the next eight minutes as the Titans took control of the game.

Four of Fullerton's six three-pointers on the night came in that stretch, two each from Brown and Jermaine Harper. Fowzi Abdelsamad followed with a three that cut the lead to 12, but 12 straight Titan points put the game out of reach.

The Titans shot lights-out in the second half, connecting on 61 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes. Brown led the way with 17 of his game-high 23 points coming after halftime while Harper had 11 in the half.

Unlike their first meeting last month in Fullerton when the Titans posted a 28-point victory, the Aggies controlled the tempo in the first half. Thomas Juillerat's jumper in the opening minute gave UC Davis a 2-1 lead, which it held the rest of the half. Fullerton entered the game averaging 76.3 points per game but were held to just 25 in the first half.

While the Aggies did not shoot exceedingly well in the half, shooting 42 percent, they did receive a boost from their bench as Justin Stearns scored nine of his team-high-tying 12 points in the first period. Defensively, UC Davis held the Titans to 36 percent shooting in the half as it build a 10-point lead with just over seven minutes left after a Thomas Juillerat free throw.



The Aggies entered the contest shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc but for the second straight game UC Davis struggled from long range, hitting just 23 percent of its three-point shots. In addition to Stearns, Rommel Marentez finished with 12 points while Juillerat had nine points and seven boards. UC Davis finished the night shooting 40 percent from the field and 77 percent from the line.

Holmes' double-double led four Titans in double figures as he set a career-high with the 14 boards. Jamaal Brown finished with 10 points and seven boards as Fullerton finished the game shooting 49 percent. The 12 wins also tops last year's win total of 11 by the Titans.

UC Davis is next in action on Thursday when it hosts UC Santa Barbara at the Pavilion. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.