True freshman guard Bobby Brown scored 27 points and five other Titans were in double figures Thursday night as Cal State Fullerton beat Branch West, 110-79, in a men’s basketball exhibition in the coaching debut for Bob Burton.
Brown hit 7 of 8 shots from 3-point range and the Titans shot 57 per cent from behind the arch. Pape Sow had 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Anthony Bolton and Zakee Smith each scored 12 points. Both Smith and forward Hardy Asprilla had 8 assists.
Ricky White from the University of Maine scored 24 points and had 5 rebounds to lead Branch West.
“It was great to start off with a win. That was exactly the way we needed to start off,” said Burton, an assistant at Fresno State last year. “Every winning experience is important for us. We know the competition will get a lot tougher as we go.
“I was happy with the effort. We played hard and together. Bobby Brown was really good. He’s a gamer and he’s going to be a great player for us.”
The Titans scored the first 10 points of the game and Branch West never got closer than 6 points. The Titans led 53-31 at the half.