Titans Avenge Big Loss at Denver

Jamaal Brown scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Ralphy Holmes came off the bench to add 25 points and 4 rebounds Thursday night in their Titan Gym debuts for 2004-05 as Cal State Fullerton beat the University of Denver, 102-92, in non-conference action.

The win improved Fullerton's record to 4-3 and avenged a 79-57 loss at Denver on Dec. 4. Denver fell to 5-4 despite 30 points and 6 rebounds from Antonio Porch.

Neither Brown nor Holmes were eligible for that first semester defeat. The pair's play was much improved from their first games on Tuesday at San Diego State when they combined to shoot 3 for 22 from the floor and totaled 8 points, all by Brown.

Guard Bobby Brown added 17 points and 10 assists for the Titans, who open Big West Conference play next week at Cal State Northridge and Pacific. Yemi Nicholson had 18 points and Erik Benzel had 15 for the Pioneers, who shot 63 percent from the floor in defeat. The Titans shot 62 percent from the floor and made 17 of 19 free throws (89.5 percent).

Denver's only lead was 2-0. The Titans used a 15-7 run over the last 4:36 of the first half to build a 53-40 halftime lead. They extended it to as many as 17 points at 79-62 with 9:48 to play before Denver made a run. The Pioneers pulled with 5 points twice, the last time at 88-83 with 3:50 remaining. But Brown drilled a 3-pointer from well beyond the top of the key and then executed a 360-degree spin move to a finger roll layup on a fast break for a 93-83 advantage. The Titans hit 7 of 8 free throws to protect the lead.

Fullerton's first-half total of 53 points was only 4 points shy of its game total of 57 in Denver. And Jamaal Brown and Holmes combined for almost that many -- 54.