Guard Bobby Brown scored 23 points to lead the Titans, who are now 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the Big West. Vili Morton had 20 points and Klaus Schille added a career-high 11 for the Highlanders, who lost their fourth consecutive game to fall to 4-7, 0-3.
Hardy Asprilla grabbed his career-high 16th rebound off a missed shot by Bobby Brown
and threw in a desperation bank shot while being fouled and tumbling to the
floor. His free throw gave him his 12th and final point and gave Fullerton a
Bobby Brown and Jamaal Brown each hit a pair of free throws in the final 13
seconds for the Titans to offset a 3-point basket with 6 seconds left by Justin Bell, who would miss a potential game-tying trey at the buzzer.
The Highlanders took their only lead of the game at 68-67 on a Vili Morton bank
shot with 1:10 to play, capping an 8-0 UCR run that erased a 67-60 Fullerton
advantage. Morton finished with a team-high 10 rebounds on a night when he
scored his 1,000th point, the 11th UCR player to accomplish the feat but the
first at the Div. I level.
Ralphy Holmes had 15 points for the Titans before fouling out with 3:17 to play.
Jamaal Brown added 12 rebounds and 15 points but made only 5 of 20 shots.
Fullerton led by as many as 9 points in the second half at 61-52 with 6:58 to
play and by 10 at 34-24 late in the first half, which ended with the Titans
The game was won at the foul line as Fullerton hit 19 of 23 compared to 15 of 26
by the highlanders. The Titans outrebunded UCR, 56-34, including 21 offensive
rebounds to offset 37 percent shooting from the floor.
Both Fullerton and UCR take a break from Big West play this weekend to host UC
Davis, a future Big West opponent. The Titans play the Aggies Saturday night and
UCR hosts them on Monday night.